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College of Southern Maryland
8730 Mitchell Rd
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La Plata, MD 20646-0910

Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Learn More About Student Health: Check Out Student Health 101!

Student Health 101 is now available to CSM students. This monthly online health and wellness magazine is designed and catered for students. Each issue provides a wealth of resources on nutrition, career advice, monthly recipes, contests, and more. View the issues below and sign up to receive Student Health 101 each month to your inbox.


Latest Issue: March 2015

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The College of Southern Maryland is committed to providing and maintaining an environment for faculty, staff, and students that is drug-free, healthy, safe, and secure. Faculty, staff, and students are expected and required to report each day in an appropriate mental and physical condition, free of any illegal drugs and alcohol and capable of fulfilling their daily duties. The college supports all local, state, and federal laws related to drug and alcohol abuse, including but not limited to the Drug-free Workplace Act and the Drug-free Schools and Campuses Act. Although the college recognizes drug and alcohol dependency as an illness and a major health problem affecting society, it also recognizes drug and alcohol use as a potential health, safety, and security problem. The college offers a variety of drug and alcohol abuse education and prevention programs throughout the year. It encourages students and employees to attend these programs and to take advantage of the resources provided to the college community by the Safe Communities Center.

View the full Drug and Alcohol Policy.

If you would like a hard copy of the Student Handbook that contains all of the services at the college including policies regarding the Student Code of Conduct, stop by any campus. Copies are available at the La Plata Campus in the Campus Center (CC Building); the Leonardtown Campus, A Building, Front Office; and the Prince Frederick Campus, Flagship Building. 

CSM Smoking Policy Now Includes e-Cigarettes

At the College of Southern Maryland, we want our students, faculty, and visitors to have the most comfortable environment possible.

We know that smokers want to have a place to go for an occasional cigarette, but non-smokers also need to be assured of clean air, free of second-hand smoke.

Since 1988 the college has had a smoking policy in place that dictated all indoor areas off-limits for smoking. The policy was revised in 2008, when gazebos were provided for smokers, making all other outdoor areas off-limits as well. A recent revision, effective January 15, 2015, includes electronic cigarettes in that policy.

  • E-cigarettes will be treated the same as regular cigarettes, and anyone using one is asked to do so in the smoking gazebos or inside personal vehicles.
  • Smoking is not permitted in any indoor areas.

E-cigarettes include any electronic oral device that creates a vapor when used. It might look like a cigarette, cigar or pipe, and the college’s ban on usage includes inhaling, exhaling, or burning the cigarette or e-cigarette in areas that are off-limits.

E-cigarettes are part of the policy now because their use has become more and more popular, especially among young people. The devices are very new, and their health effects are still untested and unknown, according to the Food and Drug Administration. Each device contains a vial of nicotine, flavoring and unregulated, undisclosed chemical compounds.

“These devices haven’t been around long enough for us to know how harmful they are in the long term. We don’t know that it’s safe for the user or the people around the user,” said Linda Smith, coordinator of Drug and Alcohol Education in CSM’s Safe Communities Center, located in the Physical Education Center (PE Building), Room 105. “We don’t know what the public health consequences might be.”

Anyone who violates the policy will first receive a verbal warning, but multiple offenses can result in disciplinary action. Students can be reported to the Student Affairs coordinator or vice president of Student and Instructional Support Services. Frequent offenses can result in disciplinary action. Visitors can be asked to leave the campus if they refuse to comply with the policy.

CSM discourages the use of tobacco, in any form, and is willing to help members of the campus community who want to stop smoking. Information on quitting and smoking cessation programs in the community is available at all campuses through CSM wellness and tobacco use prevention programs.