If you have any questions regarding student discipline at the University of Connecticut, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

Drug Possession at the University of Connecticut

The misuse of drugs/alcohol is considered a violation of The Student Code at the University of Connecticut. This may include the consumption and/or possession of alcohol under the age of 21, the consumption and/or possession of illegal drugs, and the use and/or possession of medication not prescribed to the user. Because the use/possession of marijuana is criminal under federal law, and UConn receives federal funding as a public University, marijuana in all forms is banned from school property.

Connecticut General Statutes Section 21a-279 states that an individual who is found in possession of any controlled substance (other than marijuana) is guilty of a class A misdemeanor [1]. The penalties for class A misdemeanor in Connecticut are a fine of up to $2,000 and a prison term of up to 1 year [2]. If a UConn student engages in misconduct off-campus, the University will determine if it falls under their jurisdiction, and the student may be referred to the conduct system. It is important to note that student conduct proceedings at the University can be conducted at the same time as civil or criminal litigation, as well as criminal prosecution or arrest.

Read more about UConn community standards and proscribed conduct here: https://community.uconn.edu/the-student-code/the-student-code-part-iii/

Maya Murphy P.C. has proudly been included in the 2024 Edition of Best Law Firms®, ranked among the top firms in the nation. In addition, Managing Partner Joseph C. Maya has been selected to The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for his work in Employment Law and Education Law in Connecticut. Recognition in Best Lawyers® is awarded to firms and attorneys who demonstrate excellence in the industry and is widely regarded by both clients and legal professionals as a significant honor.

Our firm in Westport, Connecticut serves clients with legal assistance all over the state, including the towns of Ansonia, Beacon Falls, Bethany, Bethel, Branford, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Cheshire, Danbury, Darien, Derby, East Haven, Easton, Fairfield, Greenwich, Guilford, Hamden, Madison, Meriden, Middlebury, Milford, Monroe, Naugatuck, New Canaan, New Fairfield, New Haven, Newton, North Branford, North Haven, Norwalk, Orange, Oxford, Prospect, Redding, Ridgefield, Seymour, Shelton, Sherman, Southbury, Stamford, Stratford, Trumbull, Wallingford, Waterbury, West Haven, Weston, Westport, Wilton, and Woodbridge. In addition to assisting clients in Connecticut, our firm handles education law matters in New York as well.

If you have any questions or would like to speak to an attorney about a legal matter, please contact Joseph C. Maya and the other experienced attorneys at Maya Murphy, P.C. at (203) 221-3100 or JMaya@Mayalaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation today.

[1] https://www.cga.ct.gov/current/pub/chap_420b.htm#sec_21a-279

[2] https://www.cga.ct.gov/2021/rpt/pdf/2021-R-0123.pdf