Campus and Community Resources

Listed in this section is general information about health risks related to the use of drugs or alcohol. This information includes both prevention and treatment resources.

Health Risks


Alcohol consumption causes a number of changes in behavior and physiology. Even low does significantly impair judgment, coordination and abstract mental functioning. Statistics shows that alcohol use is involved in a majority of violent behaviors on university campuses, including acquaintance rape, vandalism, fights, and incidents of drinking and driving. Continued abuse may lead to dependency, which often causes permanent damage to vital organs and deterioration of a healthy lifestyle.

Amphetamines can cause a rapid or irregular heartbeat, headaches, depression, damage to the brain and lungs, tremors, loss of coordination, collapse and death. Heavy users are prone to irrational acts.

Cocaine users often have a stuffy, runny nose and may have a perforated nasal septum. The immediate effects of cocaine use include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate and body temperature, paranoia and depression. Cocaine is extremely addictive and can cause delirium, hallucinations, blurred vision, severe chest pain, muscle spasms, psychosis, convulsions, stroke and even death.

Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD) causes illusions and hallucinations. The user may experience panic, confusion, suspicion, anxiety and loss of control. Delayed effects, or flashbacks, can occur even when use has ceased. Phencyclidine (PCP) affects the sections of the brain that control intellect and keep instincts in check. Hallucinogens can cause liver damage, convulsion, coma and even death.

Marijuana may impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce coordination and energy level. Users often have a lowered immune system and an increased risk of lung cancer. Users also experience interference with psychological maturation and temporary loss of fertility. The active ingredient in marijuana, THC, is stored in the fatty tissues of the brain and reproductive system for a minimum of 28 to 30 days.

Methamphetamines, known as speed, meth, ice, glass, etc., have a high potential for abuse and dependence. Taking even small amounts may produce irritability, insomnia, confusion, tremors, convulsions, anxiety, paranoia and aggressiveness. Over time, methamphetamine users may experience symptoms similar to Parkinson's disease, a severe movement disorder.

Narcotics such as codeine, heroin or other opiate drugs cause the body to have diminished pain reactions. The use of heroin can result in coma or death due to a reduction in heart rate.

Steroid users experience a sudden increase in muscle and weight and an increase in aggression and combativeness. Steroids can cause high blood pressure, liver and kidney damage, heart disease, sterility and prostate cancer. Additional information can be found at:

Educational and Treatment Programs

Metropolitan State University provides periodic information for employees and students to foster a drug and alcohol-free environment. Counselors are available to assist students in dealing with personal concerns that might interfere with their academic work while at the university. Services are free and confidential and can be arranged by contacting the Counseling and Career Services unit at 651-793-1558. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all university employees. EAP can assist employees by providing a professional assessment of a possible alcohol or drug problem. The mission of EAP is to provide confidential, accessible services to individual employees and state agencies in order to restore and strengthen the health and productivity of employees and the workplace. For additional information, go to or to speak to an EAP Counselor, call: 651-259-3840 or 1-800-657-3719. You may also contact the university Human Resources Department at 651-793-1276.

Community area substance use disorder treatment center referrals include:

Recovery Resource Center
1900 Chicago Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404

Fairview Recovery Services
2450 Riverside Avenue, Mpls, MN 55454
Intake: 612-672-2736
Hotlines: 612-672-6600; 612-672-2736

St. Joseph Hospital Healtheast Behavioral Care
69 West Exchange Street
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Regions Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program
445 Etna Street
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Hazelden Foundation
15245 Pleasant Valley Rd
Center City, MN 55012

Juel Fairbanks Chemical Dependency Services
806 North Albert Street
Saint Paul, MN 55104

Additional substance use disorder treatment centers can be found at:

Disciplinary Sanctions

Students or employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. The severity of the sanctions will be appropriate to the violation. Sanctions include, but are not limited to: official reprimand, restitution, completion of a rehabilitation program, community service, suspension, expulsion and/or reporting to local law enforcement, and will be imposed on students who violate the preceding standards of conduct. Sanctions, consistent with existing collective bargaining agreements or employee plans, up to and including termination of employment, will be imposed on employees who violate the preceding standards of conduct.