Marijuana remains banned from NAU despite Prop 203 passage

Drug, alcohol information and policies online

Northern Arizona University is committed to providing a healthy educational environment, consistent with university policies and free from unlawful acts.

In addition, NAU must certify compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act (41 USCA 701), the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (20 USCA 7101) and the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Regulations (34 CFR 86).

As such, the university is taking this opportunity to inform faculty and staff of the health risks, university policies, university and legal sanctions and the prevention/intervention programs associated with alcohol and other drug abuse.

Faculty and staff resources are available online and include:

  • University policies on alcohol and drugs
  • Health risks associated with alcohol and drugs
  • Prevention and intervention programs
  • Legal sanctions/disciplinary actions

If you have questions or would like a printed copy of this material, contact the Human Resources Department at (928) 523-2223 or

Northern Arizona University will continue to prohibit the possession and use of marijuana on all of its campuses, including university housing, despite the passage of Proposition 203, the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act.

Growing and using marijuana remains a crime under federal law, and federal legislation prohibits any institution of higher education that receives federal funding from allowing the possession and use of marijuana. NAU receives more than $44 million in federal grants and contracts and about $172 million in financial aid for more than 15,000 students.

The university will continue to enforce its current policies regarding controlled substances and any students or employees who violate university policy prohibiting the use or possession of illegal drugs on campus will be subject to disciplinary action.

As a result, Fronske Health Center will not be distributing medical marijuana nor will representatives be writing prescriptions for it.

The Arizona Medical Marijuana Act was signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer in December, but the state health department has until April to finish its rule-making process. Restrictions on the use of marijuana will apply to all three Arizona state universities.

Faculty and staff with questions should contact
or (928) 523-2223. Students with questions can contact