Wheaton College policy on drugs complies with the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Town of Norton, as well as with federal legislation that requires the College to provide drug prevention programs for students.
Wheaton College seeks to insure the health and well-being of all members of the Wheaton Community. Wheaton’s policy on drugs reflects the College’s commitment to:
- educate students to the health risks associated with the use of drugs
- provide confidential counseling and/or referral for individuals concerned about their own use drugs, as well as those affected by the drug use of others
- inform students of the applicable legal sanctions under federal, state and local laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs
- prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs on College property or at College-sponsored events
The Risk to Personal Health and Well-Being
The irresponsible use or abuse drugs is dangerous and can lead to addiction or psychological dependence and serious physical health problems. Abuse is also harmful in other ways. It can destroy peer and family relationships. It results in reduced academic, athletic and work performance, and it increases the risk to personal safety because of the effect it can have on personal judgment and reaction time.
The College provides regular programs of education and information for students on the risks associated with the use of drugs and ways for individuals to seek assistance for themselves and others. Programs are sponsored by the Health Services, Counseling Services, Athletics, and the Office of Residential Life.
Wheaton College considers both the welfare of its students and compliance with state and local laws to be of central importance. The policy of the College is to help anyone who is seeking assistance with a drug problem. Anyone seeking assistance, advice or information may approach the Residential Life staff, Public Safety officers, Counseling Services, Health Services, the Dean of Students office or existing peer support groups without fear of disciplinary action by the College.