4000 - Students

4325 Drugs And Alcohol

Unauthorized or illegal drugs and alcohol are a threat to safe and orderly schools and will not be tolerated. The superintendent is responsible for ensuring that this policy is consistently applied throughout the school system.


Students are prohibited from possessing, using, transmitting, selling or being under the influence of any of the following substances:

1. narcotic drugs;

2. hallucinogenic drugs;

3. amphetamines;

4. barbiturates;

5. marijuana or any other controlled substance;

6. synthetic stimulants, such as MDPV and mephedrone (e.g., “bath salts”), and synthetic cannabinoids (e.g., “Spice,” “K2”);

7. any alcoholic beverage, malt beverage, fortified or unfortified wine or other intoxicating liquor; or

8. any chemicals, substances or products procured or used with the intention of bringing about a state of exhilaration or euphoria or of otherwise altering the student’s mood or behavior.

9.  any substance containing cannabidiol (CBD) or tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), regardless of whether it constitutes a controlled substance under state or federal law.

Any student who is suspected of being under the influence of the aforementioned substances may be asked to submit to a drug test.

Students also are prohibited from possessing, using, transmitting, delivering, selling, or manufacturing drug paraphernalia or counterfeit (fake) drugs, including but not limited to rolling papers, roach clips, lighters, matches and vaping devices. Students may not participate in any way in the selling or transmitting of prohibited substances, regardless of whether the sale or transmission ultimately occurs on school property.

Possession or use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is not in violation of this policy if such drugs are possessed and used in accordance with policy 6125, Administering Medicines to Students. The principal may authorize other lawful uses of substances that are otherwise prohibited by this policy, such as for approved school projects.


As required by policy 4335, Criminal Behavior, the principal must report to the appropriate law enforcement agency any student who has used or possessed prohibited substances in violation of this policy.

The disciplinary consequences for violations of this policy shall be consistent with Section D of policy 4300, Student Behavior Policies. The superintendent or designee shall list in the Code of Student Conduct the specific range of consequences that may be imposed on a student for violations of this policy.

Legal References:
G.S. 18B-301; 20-11(n1); ch. 90 art. 5 and art. 5B; 115C-47, -276, -288, -307, -390.2
Cross References:
Student Behavior Policies (policy 4300), Criminal Behavior (policy 4335), Administering Medicines to Students (policy 6125)
Monday, 13 June 2011
Last Updated:
Tuesday, 14 January 2020