Drug and Alcohol Policy

In accordance with the spirit and vision of Catholic Distance University as well as the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (34 CFR Part 85), the Catholic Distance University campus is considered a drug-free and alcohol-free University and workplace. Students and employees are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of a controlled substance or alcohol anywhere on the property belonging to the University including but not limited to grounds, parking areas, or anywhere within the building. Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action including termination of enrollment. For more information visit The U. S. Department of Education’s Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention website at www.edc.org.

Students must abide by the terms of this policy or Catholic Distance University will take one or more of the following actions within 30 days of violation of this policy by:

  1. Reporting the violation to law enforcement officials.
  2. Taking appropriate disciplinary action against the student including termination of enrollment.
  3. Requiring the student to participate in an approved substance abuse rehabilitation program.

Catholic Distance University will make its best effort to maintain a drug and alcohol-free University through implementation of the policy and will establish and maintain a drug-free and alcohol awareness program.

Students will annually receive a copy of the Catholic Distance University Drug-Free Schools and Workplace policy, list of applicable sanctions under federal, state, or local laws, description of health risks, list of drug and alcohol programs that are available, and list of imposed disciplinary sanctions for students.


Because we are a completely online institution, we are unable to provide onsite counseling or treatment, we provide the following information as a resource for those who need assistance with avoiding or recovering from alcohol or drug abuse.

We encourage any student, staff, or faculty member who needs information related to alcohol or drug abuse to use directory information, online searches, the telephone book, or referrals from friends and/or professionals.

The following is a list of national organizations dedicated to providing information and suggestions:

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)- An agency of the US Department of Health & Human Services providing information online regarding alcohol, drugs, and treatment programs.
    General Address: www.samhsa.gov
    Specific Address for Treatment Programs: findtreatment.samhsa.gov
  • The National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information – Part of US Department of Health and Human Services & SAMSHA’s Clearinghouse http://www.samhsa.gov/
  • About.com Substance Abuse - Explore the complicated disease of addiction. Information on basic questions concerning drugs and addiction.
  • National Institute on Drug Abuse -   General Link/Address: www.nida.nih.gov
    Specific Link/Address on Club Drugs: www.clubdrugs.org

Drug Violations and Federal Financial Aid

The Higher Education Act states that students convicted for a drug offense that occurred during a period of enrollment while they were receiving federal financial aid may lose eligibility for federal aid. Federal Financial Aid at Catholic Distance University includes Federal Pell, Federal Direct Loans, Federal PLUS Loans, and Graduate PLUS Loans.  Students could also be denied other federal benefits, disability, retirement, health, welfare, and Social Security.  

Drugs and alcohol are highly addictive and can cause harmful effects to virtually every aspect of a person’s life, e.g., relationships, family, job, school, physical, and emotional health.

There are danger signals that could indicate when someone is in trouble with drugs or alcohol:

  • inability to get along with family or friends
  • uncharacteristic temper flare-ups
  • increased “secret” type behavior
  • abrupt changes in mood or attitude
  • resistance to discipline at home or school
  • getting into a “slump” at work or school
  • increased borrowing of money
  • a complete set of new friends

We recommend that any person observing any of the above changes in any student of Catholic Distance University College immediately notify the Campus Director.