Alcohol and Drug Safety Policy

Alcohol and Drug Safety Policy

DIS aims to provide an environment that facilitates the achievement of educational goals and supports student development and autonomy. However, autonomy and freedom of choice exist with the expectation that you respect the intellectual, physical, and emotional health of yourself and others.

DIS Alcohol Policy

DIS prohibits alcohol in DIS classroom and administrative buildings unless it is provided by DIS at a sponsored social event. You may consume alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner in housing if in accordance with specific housing rules. Being under the influence of alcohol during class, Study Tours, Field Studies, and other DIS official time is prohibited. Extreme or repeated intoxication at any time is prohibited.

If you choose to consume alcohol, do so with the knowledge that you are always responsible for your actions. Alcohol misuse is prohibited and does not constitute an excuse for irresponsible behavior or misconduct. Disorderly conduct, property destruction, intimidation, or other infringements on the rights of others as a result of alcohol are prohibited.

DIS will notify your home university if you violate the DIS Code of Student Responsibility. Past students have been dismissed from DIS for serious alcohol-related infringements.

Responsible Alcohol Consumption

Be aware that you are in an urban setting in Stockholm, Copenhagen and when traveling on breaks in cities throughout Europe. If you choose to take part in nightlife and consume alcohol:

  • Know your limits
  • Do not accept drinks from a stranger
  • Walk home with someone you know
  • Do not leave a public venue with a stranger; if you find yourself alone and feel uncomfortable leaving alone, have the venue you are at order you a taxi
  • Always keep your purse, wallet, phone, and other personal belongings on you and be aware of pickpockets

DIS Illegal Drug Policy

Students will not possess, use, purchase, or distribute any drugs considered to be illicit, illegal, or controlled substances in Denmark, Sweden, and any country they visit while enrolled with DIS. Students will not use drugs legally prescribed to another person or inappropriately/illegally use otherwise legal drugs. Illegal drugs, including cannabis (marijuana), heroin, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, and other forms of non-prescribed mind-altering substances, constitutes a violation of the DIS Code of Student Responsibility and Danish and Swedish Law and will be treated as a serious criminal offense. Danish and Swedish Police have the right to arrest you if you are caught buying, using, or selling drugs, and you may be expelled from the country. If you break local laws in Denmark, Sweden or any other country, having a foreign passport will not help you avoid arrest or prosecution. Assistance from DIS and the U.S. Embassy will be limited. Read more about the consequences of an arrest here.

We encourage students studying in Copenhagen to visit Christiania, but to stay on the right side of the law. Freetown Christiania has become a special tourist site, unique for Denmark and reminiscent of the city’s history. It hosts unique architecture, social activism, tours, cafes, and music venues. However, there is a flip side – it is also a place where illegal drugs are sold, mainly marijuana, relatively out in the open. Periodically, police raids take place. Remember that buying and/or using cannabis in Christiania is both a violation of Danish law and of the DIS Code of Student Responsibility.

DIS will notify your home institution if you violate the DIS Code of Student Responsibility. Past students have been dismissed from DIS for drug-related infringements.