Campus Policies

2019-2020 Annual Notification of UC Santa Barbara
Substance Abuse Policy and Implementing Guidelines

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires that any institution of higher education that receives federal financial assistance must adopt and implement programs to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities. Pursuant to this requirement, colleges and universities are mandated to annually, and regularly, distribute the specified drug and alcohol prevention program (DAAPP) to students and employees.

UC Santa Barbara strives to create a safe, healthy, and learning-conducive environment through the promotion of healthy choices concerning the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. Unlawful drinking, excessive drinking, and drunkenness are not condoned. The full text of the UC Santa Barbara Substance Abuse Policy and Implementing Guidelines including the definition of substances, health risks, counseling services, special requirements for employees involved with a federal grant or contract, and legal sanctions for illegal substance use can be found at For information on alcohol and other drug prevention programs, students may call UCSB’s Alcohol and Drug Program at (805) 893-5013; or visit the website at; employees may call the Academic and Staff Assistance Program (ASAP) at (805) 893-3318; email at or visit the website at

Students and academic and staff employees are prohibited from the unlawful use, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture of, or the attempted sale, distribution, or manufacture of alcohol or narcotics or illegal drugs on University property or at official University functions. In addition, students and academic and staff employees are prohibited from using illegal substances or abusing legal substances in a manner that impairs job performance, scholarly activities, or student life. Students found guilty of violating the UC Santa Barbara Substance Abuse Policy or the Campus Regulations are subject to disciplinary sanctions, which may include loss of privileges and exclusion from activities, warning, suspension, or dismissal. In addition to, or in lieu of, a corrective action, a student may also be required to participate in an approved counseling or treatment program. Academic and staff employees found to be in violation of the UC Santa Barbara Substance Abuse Policy are subject to appropriate action to be determined on a case-by-case basis, consistent with applicable personnel policies and processes. An employee may also be strongly encouraged to participate in an approved counseling or treatment program.

2019-2020 Annual Notification to Students Concerning Penalties for Drug Violations

Federal law provides that a student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance during a period of enrollment for which the
student was receiving financial aid shall not be eligible to receive any federal or institutional grant, loan, or work assistance during the period beginning on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified below. If convicted of an offense involving possession of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is as follows:

First Offense = 1 year
Second Offense = 2 years
Third Offense = indefinite

If convicted of an offense involving sale of a controlled substance, the ineligibility period is as follows:
First Offense = 2 years
Second Offense = indefinite

A student whose eligibility has been suspended based on a conviction for possession or sale of a controlled substance may resume eligibility before the end of the ineligibility period if:

A. The student satisfactorily completes a drug rehabilitation program that:

1. complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; and
2. includes two unannounced drug tests;

B. The student successfully passes two unannounced drug tests conducted by a drug rehabilitation program that complies with the criteria prescribed in the federal regulations; or

C. The conviction is reversed, set aside, or otherwise rendered nugatory. For information or assistance with financial aid matters, students may call the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at (805) 893-2432; or visit the website at For information on alcohol and other drug prevention programs, students may call UCSB’s Alcohol and Drug Program at (805) 893-5013; or visit the website at