Office of the Dean of Students

Vandenberg Hall, Room 120
502 Meadow Brook Road
Rochester , MI 48309-4452
(location map)
(248) 370-3352

Drug-Free Schools and Workplace

The Drug-Free Schools and Workplace Guide for Oakland University Employees and Students Oakland University (OU) is committed to providing an environment that is free from the misuse or unlawful possession, use, and abuse of: alcohol, drugs, and prescription drugs. To address these matters, OU is required by law to adopt and implement a program ( Program).

The Program addresses: campus standards of conduct, University sanctions, and legal consequences for violations of local, state, or federal law related to illicit drugs and alcohol, health risks, a description of applicable counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, or re-entry programs; and a biennial review of the program. Pursuant to the law, OU is issuing the statement set forth below.

Standards of Conduct: The unlawful possession, use, or distribution, of illicit drugs and/or alcohol by students or employees and the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs in the workplace, on OU property or as part of a University activity is specifically prohibited by OU Ordinances and/or by state or federal law. The possession of a Michigan marijuana registry identification card does not exempt students or employees from this prohibition. The use and possession of marijuana remains illegal under federal law and, as a recipient of federal funds, Oakland University is subject to the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, and could lose federal funding for any violations of these Acts, which require Oakland University to take measures to combat the use of drugs and alcohol. The OU Ordinances governing the use of alcohol and drugs are available in the Student Code of Conduct and University Administrative Policies and Procedures, Section # 600, Health and Safety. In addition, the misuse or abuse of prescription drugs is prohibited conduct.

University Sanctions: OU will impose sanctions for violations of this statement consistent with local, state, and federal law and with applicable collective bargaining agreements, employee handbooks, student handbooks, and University ordinances. Violations by faculty, staff, or students will result in disciplinary action up to and including termination of employment, expulsion, and referral for prosecution. The discipline imposed will depend upon the seriousness of the offense. In addition to, or in lieu of, discipline, violators may be required to complete an appropriate rehabilitation program. Additional information is available in the Student Code of Conduct (, Academic Human Resources, and University Human Resources.

Legal Sanctions: There are legal sanctions under OU Ordinances, and under state and federal law, for the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Any violation of an OU Ordinance is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than $100 or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days or both. Violations under state and federal law may result in punishment for a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the nature of the crime, including fines, imprisonment, and loss of certain licenses and forfeiture of real and/or personal property. Descriptions of the state and federal sanctions for illegal possession and distribution and, in some cases, use of a controlled substance are included in this guide. Sanctions may change from time to time.

Health Risks: The psychological and social consequences of illicit drug use and alcohol abuse can be devastating. This can lead to various health and other risks including feelings of depression or anxiety; diminished or impaired work or academic performance; absenteeism; poor decision making; poor morale; low self esteem; financial problems; conflicts with co-workers, classmates, families, friends and others. Loss of job, friends, divorce and the creation of a dysfunctional family system are common consequences of substance abuse. Additional risks include sexual assault or other unplanned sexual relationships; unwanted pregnancies; irreversible drug-induced psychotic state and/or delusions of omnipotence which trigger life-threatening behavior. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and intellectual disabilities. In addition, research indicates that children of alcoholic parents are at greater risk than other youngsters of becoming alcoholics.

Additional information is available at Graham Counseling Center.

Employees working on federal grants and contracts: As a condition of employment, all employees working on federal grants and contracts must abide by this statement. Such employees must notify their supervisor or department head of any criminal drug statute conviction occurring in the workplace no later than 5 days after the conviction. The supervisor or department heard must then promptly report the violation to the Director of Sponsored Research.

Drug & Alcohol Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Contacts
NOTE: This is a partial list of substance abuse facilities. More programs and centers may be listed in local and other area telephone directories.
Graham Counseling Center

(248) 370-3465
Graham Health Center
Oakland University
Rochester, MI 48309-4401
St. Joseph Mercy Hospital
(248) 858-3000
900 Woodward Ave.
Pontiac, MI 48341
Local Facilities AA of Oakland County
(248) 332-3521
168 University Drive
Pontiac, MI 48342
National Hotline Numbers & Assistance Groups
Alcoholics Anonymous
(800) 252-6465
M.A.D.D. Oakland County
(248) 682-2220
35255 Elizabeth Lake Rd., Suite B
Troy, MI 48083
Food & Drug Administration
(313) 393-8189
(Consumer Complaints)
(800) 438-6233
Narcotics Anonymous
(248) 543-7200
726 Livernois St.
Ferndale, MI 48220
National Cocaine Hot Line
(800) 378-4435
(877) SADD-INC
Oakland Family Services
(877) 742-8264
(248) 858-7766
114 Orchard Lake Rd
Pontiac, MI 48341
Oakland County Health Office of Substance Abuse Services (OSAS)
(248) 858-0001
1200 N Telegraph, Bldg. 34 East
Pontiac, MI 48341

If treatment for substance abuse is needed, please contact your insurance carrier to obtain proper instructions for seeking treatment. Students covered by University health insurance should contact the Graham Health Center staff for benefit coverage.

If you have questions about any of the issues addressed in the guide, please contact one of the following departments:

Faculty:Office of Academic Affairs(248) 370-2190
Students:Office of Dean of Students(248) 370-3352
Staff:Office of University Human Resources(248) 370-3480

Uses and Effects of Controlled Substances Chart