CMU students, faculty and staff,
Thank you to all who exercised your right to vote in yesterday's elections. During the election season, I was asked multiple times about how the passage of Proposal 1 would affect Central Michigan University. Although the law does not take effect immediately, it is important to address some of those questions.
Prop. 1 does not change CMU policies or federal law — both of which prohibit the possession, use and distribution of marijuana by students, employees and any person on university properties and at all university events.
The use or possession of marijuana is still not allowed on university properties or in the conduct of university business away from campus.
Using, distributing and possessing marijuana remains illegal under federal law. Our campus policies comply with federal law, including the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. These acts require the university, as a recipient of federal funds, to take measures to combat the use of drugs and alcohol.
For more information about legalized marijuana, please review this Q&A.
Violating the university's policies may be grounds for discipline or corrective action, with a maximum penalty of dismissal. Thank you for your continued adherence to university policy and federal law.
President, Central Michigan University