Oregon State University policy prohibits students, employees and members of the general public from possessing, using or selling marijuana in any form on any of the University’s campuses or facilities and during any University activities.

While Oregon law as of July 1, 2015, may allow certain marijuana-related activities, such as limited medical marijuana use and other recreational use and possession, using and possessing marijuana in any form remains a crime under federal law.

Oregon State University’s policies related to the use and possession of recreational marijuana will not change once the state of Oregon’s recreational marijuana law takes effect.

As a recipient of considerable federal funding, such as financial aid and federal grants and contracts for research, Oregon State is required to continue to prohibit the use and possession of all federally controlled substances – including marijuana. Consequently, such activity will remain prohibited by Oregon State policy and the OSU Student Conduct Code.

At the federal level, the Controlled Substances Act states that the growing and use of marijuana is a crime and federal enforcement agencies can prosecute users and growers of marijuana, regardless of state law. In addition to being a federal offense, the use of medical marijuana in the workplace and on campus is restricted by additional federal laws, such as the federal Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. It is those federal laws that require OSU to prohibit the use of marijuana on campus.

For the convenience and understanding of the University community, OSU’s most prominent marijuana-related policies are summarized below:

Departmental Practices and Policies related to Marijuana

Student Code of Conduct

Oregon State’s Student Conduct Code will continue to prohibit the possession, use, or distribution of marijuana, and such activity may result in disciplinary action.

Human Resources

As an employer, Oregon State will continue to abide by the federal Drug Free Workplace Act, which continues to prohibit the possession, use, manufacturing or distribution of marijuana in the workplace. Any previously applicable University drug testing policies remain unchanged, but no new University policies will be implemented as a result of Measure 91.

Academic Instruction

Oregon State faculty will not instruct students during class or through class materials about how to grow, manufacture, distribute or dispense marijuana.


Oregon State policy prohibits faculty from conducting research that involves the possession, use, or distribution of marijuana unless such research is in compliance with already established guidelines set forth by federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Drug Administration and National Institute of Drug Abuse. At this time, OSU policy also prohibits faculty from performing research that involves the possession, use, or distribution of hemp unless such research is in compliance with already established federal guidelines.

Housing and Dining

Oregon State prohibits the possession, use or distribution of marijuana in residence and dining halls. The University also prohibits the possession of marijuana-related paraphernalia. Marijuana possessed by students on campus will be confiscated and destroyed.

Student Job Postings

Oregon State will not advertise, promote, or otherwise coordinate student internships, research or job opportunities with companies involved in the manufacturing, distribution or possession of marijuana.

Student Internships

Oregon State will not provide University academic credit for student internships with companies where the students are involved in the manufacturing, distribution, or possession of marijuana. Undergraduate students may appeal an internship denial to the Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies for re-consideration. Graduate students may appeal to the Dean of the Graduate School.

OSU Extension Programs

Oregon State will hold OSU Extension Service and 4-H volunteers accountable to federal laws and University policies while performing duties on behalf of the university. The OSU Extension OSU Extension Services will not provide instruction regarding how to grow, manufacture, distribute or dispense marijuana.