Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD)
Find resources and learn about SDSU's efforts to reduce the impact of alcohol and other drugs on the healthy learning environment of our campus.
Post Proposition 64 FAQs for Students
Q. So is marijuana now ok to have on campus?
A. No. SDSU, like all colleges and universities, are held to two federal laws, the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. These laws say that in order to receive any federal funding (think work-study, financial aid, and federal research grants), the university must prohibit all illegal drugs. Since marijuana is still illegal under federal law, it remains an illegal substance to possess, sell or use. SDSU must therefore continue to prohibit its use, possession or sale on campus as well.
Q. Since SDSU is a part of the California State University System, and since the State of California has made marijuana legal, doesn’t SDSU have to follow California law?
A. As mentioned above, SDSU is governed by the federal Drug-Free Schools and Community Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act (see FAQ 1). Failure to follow federal law would cause the university to jeopardize millions of federal dollars that support students, colleges and programs. Also, SDSU is governed by policies set by the California State University Chancellor’s office. The CSU Chancellor has also recognized the risk of federal funds being cut, and has made clear that marijuana policies are not going to change..
My student organization would like to have a cannabis brownie bake sale to raise money for our activities. If we’re off campus, is that a problem?
A. Yes it’s a problem. First, make sure you understand the new State law’s details about who can legally sell cannabis products. Your bake sale would probably still be illegal. Second, SDSU is governed under the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act (see FAQ 1). That means all campus sanctioned activities, including student organization fund raising, must remain drug-free as defined by the federal law; federal law still includes marijuana as a banned substance.
I’m a medical marijuana patient, can I use it on campus?
A. The Drug-Free Schools and Community Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act (see FAQ 1) do not distinguish medical and non-medical use. So SDSU, like all colleges and universities, prohibits any marijuana use, regardless of medical status.
Can’t I just smoke my pot across the street from the university to get around the SDSU policy?
A. Well, take a look at Proposition 64’s regulation of marijuana use. You may find that it’s still against State law to use marijuana in this manner. Further, SDSU’s student Code of Conduct does, in some instances, apply to conduct which occurs off campus, so it’s possible that such use would be considered a conduct violation as well.
Can I grow a few cannabis plants in my dorm room?
A. No. First, check the rental agreement and you’ll see that marijuana is explicitly prohibited. Second, see the discussion of the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act in FAQ 1 above. Our residence halls must prohibit all illegal drugs as defined by the federal law.
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SDSU Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies
Within the SDSU Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policies, you'll find information on relevant state laws as well as:
- SDSU Administrative Policies and Procedures
- CA Code of Regulations - Standards for Student Conduct
- Student Organization HandbookAOD guidelines
- Campus AOD procedures for fraternities and sororities
- Residence halls - AOD
- Intercollegiate athletics substance abuse policy
- Review SDSU alcohol and substance abuse policies.
Off-campus and other resources
Learn about off-campus and other resources available to the SDSU community, including a number of drug and alcohol treatment referrals.
Alcohol and other drugs (AOD) presentations
The Department of Health Promotion offers AOD presentations to student groups.
Find out how to schedule an interactive and informative presentation for your student group!
RADD at SDSU
The RADD California Coalition (RCC), of which SDSU is a founding partner, is a statewide initiative to promote effective use of non-drinking designated drivers by Californians age 21-34. College is RADD promotes safe driving on numerous campuses, including SDSU. Learn more about RADD at SDSU.
SDSU offers 2 interactive assessments
that can help you to better understand — and manage — your use of
alcohol and other drugs.
- SDSU's online Alcohol e-CHECKUP TO GO is an interactive assessment that will give you personalized feedback about:
- Your drinking and risk patterns
- Your aspirations and goals
- You'll also find resources for help with alcohol-related issues in and around the SDSU community.
- SDSU's online Marijuana e-CHECKUP TO GO is an interactive assessment that will give you personalized feedback about:
- Your marijuana use and risk pattern
- Your aspirations and goals
- You'll also find resources for help with marijuana-related issues in and around the SDSU community.
DFSCA Statement in SDSU General Catalog
See the DFSCA Statement in the SDSU General Catalog (PDF; download Adobe Acrobat Reader,
if needed). The DFSCA (Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act) statement
is found in the SDSU General Catalog (scroll to page 479).
- Health risks associated with alcohol and other drugs
- Prevention and treatment programs available on campus
- State laws and related campus policies, including violations and consequences
- Also see: DFSCA Biennial Reports
AOD Working Group
AOD Working Group members work to reduce the prevalence and resulting harm of alcohol and other drug abuse in the SDSU community. Learn more about the AOD Working Group.