Alcohol and Marijuana Information
Medical Amnesty- If you, or a friend, are in need of medical attention, do not hesitate to call for help.
Persons who are under the legal drinking age or using other drugs can reasonably expect that if they seek medical assistance for legitimate health care concerns related to alcohol or other drug use, they will not face criminal prosecution in connection with their or others consumption of alcohol and/or drug use.
Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to serious health problems and death, as well as, getting into legal trouble. Drinking to intoxication makes it easier for a person to become either the victim or the perpetrator of a sexual assault or other crimes.
If you choose to drink, please keep the following in mind.
- Legal drinking age is 21. Underage drinking can result in legal action and university sanctions.
- Set your own alcohol limit and stick to it.
- Eat a full meal before beginning to drink.
- Pace your drinking. Sip drinks slowly.
- Say hydrated. Drink plenty of water before, during and after consuming alcohol.
- Designate a nondrinker in your group. This person can watch out for potential problems, including excessive drinking.
- Don’t leave your group of friends, and don’t put yourself at risk by leaving with a new acquaintance.
- Monitor your drink at all times. Do not drink punch or other drinks that you did not see made. Discard your drink if it has been out of your sight. Never accept open drinks from strangers.
- Abstain from drinking alcohol when taking medication or other drugs.
- Never drink and drive. Choose a designated driver, Lyft/Uber or public transportation.
- Avoid binge drinking. Binge drinking behaviors can result in: short and long term health issues, drunk driving, public intoxication and destruction of property.
Even with the passing of recent marijuana laws in Michigan, marijuana is still illegal under federal law and is prohibited on campus for all ages. Using marijuana on campus can result in legal action. It can also lead to disciplinary action through the university and will stay on your student record for seven years. Additionally, drug convictions can lead to the loss of financial aid.
Some adverse effects of marijuana uses are reduced IQ, short-term memory damages, poor concentration, panic attacks, depression, decreased reaction time, decreased motivation and impaired coordination.
If you choose to use marijuana, please keep the following in mind:
- Legal age for recreational marijuana uses is 21. Violations can result in legal action and university sanctions.
- Never drive after using marijuana. Driving under the influence of marijuana is not only illegal but can result in traffic collisions causing serious injury or death.
- If using edibles, start with a low amount and go slow. Edibles can have a very high potency and can take up to 90 minutes to kick in.
- Read the label carefully before using.
- Know what you are taking. Marijuana can be laced with tobacco or other drugs that can have additional harmful effects, including death.
- Never use alcohol and marijuana together.