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Drug Free Schools and Communities Act

Drug Free Schools and Communities Act 

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) of 1989 (Public Law 101-226, 20 U.S.C. § 1011) requires institutions of higher education receiving Federal funding to certify to the Secretary of Education they have developed and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention program (DAAPP) to prevent the unlawful possession, use, sale, or distribution of illegal drugs and alcohol by all employees and students as part of any of its activities or on school properties. 

The campus community, including all employees and all students enrolled in any course(s) for which academic credit may be earned, must receive written notification regarding the DAAPP. Information to be shared includes: 

  • Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees 
  • A list of applicable legal sanctions under federal, state, or local laws for the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol 
  • A description of the health risks associated with the abuse of alcohol or use of illicit drugs 
  • A list of drug and alcohol programs (counseling, treatment, rehabilitation, and re-entry) that are available to employees or students 
  • A clear statement that the institute of higher education will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of the standards of conduct and a description of those sanctions up to and including expulsion or termination 

This year’s Annual Notification can be found by viewing the PDF attached to this webpage or by clicking here. 

Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

The Ohio State University’s primary concern is for the health, safety and welfare of the university community. The university complies fully with local, state and federal regulations regarding the sale, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The unlawful manufacture, possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs or controlled substances on university property or as part of university activities is strictly prohibited. All members of the university community are held responsible for their behavior and for respecting the rights of others. Ohio State endeavors to encourage a culture of compliance. The university is committed to providing education regarding the negative impacts of illicit drug use, misuse of prescription drugs, and the excessive or illegal consumption of alcohol.

Ohio State provides programs, support, and resources to promote health-enhancing experiences. Additionally, Ohio State seeks to encourage responsible bystander behavior and timely reporting. Please refer to The Ohio State University Code of Student Conduct for additional information for students.

Questions about the DFSCA or alcohol and other drug programs, interventions and policies may be directed to