Alcohol & Drug Prevention Notice

About The Alcohol & Drug Prevention Notice

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (amends the Higher Education Act) requires that Institutions of Higher Education adopt and implement programs to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by all students and employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities.


To comply with the law, Howard University students, faculty and staff must receive an annual written notification that provides a brief description of the University’s standards of conduct and health risks associated with substance abuse. Also included in the notice is a list of on-campus contacts who can confidentially provide assistance and referral to services and programs located throughout the Washington metropolitan area and sanctions that may be imposed for violating University policies and federal, state and local laws.


The intent of the “Howard University Alcohol and Drug Prevention Notice” is to increase awareness about issues related to alcohol and drug abuse. The information is posted on the Department of Public Safety (DPS) website and the Bison Safe Application, and portions of the notice are published in the Howard University 2019-2020 Student Handbook, under the Division of Student Affairs.


For more information regarding the Howard University Alcohol and Drug Prevention Notice, please contact DPS at 202-806-1100.