Alcohol and Drugs

The legal drinking age in the United States is twenty-one. The Academy forbids the use, purchase, attempted purchase, possession, distribution, and sale of alcohol and illegal drugs—in any form, even for students of legal age. Similarly, the Academy forbids the possession of equipment and paraphernalia, including vaporizers and electronic smoking devices, involved in the use of prohibited drugs. Also forbidden is any material, such as synthetic urine, designed to circumvent drug/alcohol testing protocols or results. Students who choose to remain in the presence of others who are violating this rule—regardless of the level of their participation—may be subject to a disciplinary response.

Please note: While possession and/or use of marijuana/cannabinoids has been decriminalized or legalized in some states including Massachusetts, the use and/or possession of marijuana/cannabinoids continues to be prohibited by Deerfield Academy.

The Disciplinary Committee will consider possession or attempted purchase of any alcohol in excess of 1.5 liters as evidence of intent to distribute; for drugs, the Committee will follow MA state guidelines.

Students who use illicit drugs such as opiates or cocaine, those who abuse prescription psychotropic drugs, and/or those who mix multiple drugs or consume such drugs and alcohol simultaneously may be subject to immediate dismissal.

Students who are found to have participated in the sale of alcohol or prohibited drugs on campus may be subject to immediate dismissal.

Prescription Drugs

The Academy forbids the misuse or misappropriation of prescription drugs. Misuse includes taking a prescription drug or being in possession of a prescription drug that has been prescribed for a different person. Misappropriation includes acquiring drugs from any source other than the student’s healthcare provider or the Health Center; it also includes cases when a student provides a prescription drug to another student who is not the intended recipient. Psychotropic medication, a class of medication that requires special supervision in a boarding school environment, may only be used in strict accordance with the Psychotropic Medication Policy, which is available upon request from the Health Center.