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Alcohol, Drugs & Tobacco

Students on Norlin Quad with Flatirons in the backgroundAlcohol, drug and tobacco use can negatively impact a student’s health and ability to succeed academically. Student Affairs provides a number of resources to help students make responsible choices about alcohol, drug and tobacco use.  The Student Code of Conduct prohibits unlawful manufacture, possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance (illicit drugs and alcohol) of any kind and in any amount, on-campus or off. Marijuana remains illegal in Colorado for those under the age of 21, and remains illegal on campuses under federal law.


Counseling & support groups

  • Counseling & Psychiatric Services (CAPS) offers free individual and group counseling targeted toward substance abuse and dependence. Students can also receive free substance abuse assessments and referral services through CAPS.
  • Oasis is a voluntary program for CU-Boulder students seeking support in living a sober lifestyle. It functions as a community for students in recovery from addiction, students considering moving toward a sober lifestyle, or any student who chooses not to use substances.
  • CU Collegiate Recovery Center (CUCRC) CU Collegiate Recovery Centerprovides a gathering space and activities for students in recovery from alcohol or drug use and other addictive behaviors.  It is open to students who seek to live substance-free and to those who support the recovery community.

Educational resources

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Regent Administrative Building
Suite 206
031 UCB
Boulder, CO, 80309-0031
Phone: (303) 492-9048
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