drugsawareness

Drugs Awareness and Disciplinary Action

The University is very concerned about the number of reports of students using or found in possession of an illegal substance(s).

Please reflect on the dangers of using drugs by reading the NHS Direct information on drug misuse.

Are you aware that legal highs are legal to purchase but are not for human consumption.  Legal highs come in various forms including powder, pills and seeds. Various types are available these are intended to be a “legal” replica of Cocaine, Speed, Ecstasy, Hashish and LSD.  The most reported “legal” high recently has been mephedrone aka m-cat, miaow miaow, charge or bubble to name a few slang terms. This was made illegal on the 16th April 2010 and made a class B drug which means it is illegal to have it on you (possession) or to sell it to someone (supply). This carries up to 5 years in jail and an unlimited fine for possession and up to 14 years in jail for supplying them. This decision was made due to the high number of deaths linked to the use of mephedrone.  Mephedrone is being replaced with a similar type of drug that will produce similar results. This type of chemical make up over-stimulates the nervous and circulatory system.  See the full guidance for further information.

Useful Contacts:

Frank - freephone: 0800 77 66 00, 24 hour service. Free confidential advice about drugs and alcohol http://www.talktofrank.com/ Drugscope - national independent centre for information on drugs  http://www.drugscope.org.uk/ Know Cannabis http://www.knowcannabis.org.uk/ North East Council on Addictions (NECA) - local organisation offering free counselling, group work and complementary therapies http://www.neca.co.uk/ National Drugs Helpline - 0800 776 600 is a 24-hour, seven-days a week, free and confidential telephone service that offers advice and information for those who are concerned, or have questions, about drugs. The service is available to anyone.

If you are worried about drug addiction, you can seek help from the University Student Wellbeing Service pages.

You should note that the University has an Owned and Managed Accommodation Illegal Drugs (Zero Tolerance) Policy and unfortunately a number of students have breached this resulting in exclusion from their accommodation: even the use and/or possession of small amounts of cannabis usually leads to exclusion. See the Policy for further information.

You should note that the University also receives regular Police reports of student arrests, which includes charges relating to drugs.  The University investigates such reports in accordance with the Student Disciplinary Procedures and such students can expect sanctions to be issued.  There is a variety of outcomes of Police action for possession of an illegal substance but please note that even a low level outcome such as a 'Cannabis Caution' may show on a CRB check and could therefore affect your future employment.

Please also see the other information available regarding discipline at the University.  You may be particularly interested in reading the 'How Misconduct is Dealt with', 'Disciplinary Case Studies' and 'Sanctions' pages.