Alcohol and Drug Safety Policy

Alcohol and Drug Safety Policy, DIS Summer

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 on the premises unless it is for a DIS sponsored social event. You may consume alcoholic beverages in a responsible manner in your housing as long as this is in accordance with specific housing rules.

If you do choose to consume alcohol, do so with the knowledge that you should at all times be 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.

Repeated intoxication, antisocial behavior, or an inability to pursue one’s own education may indicate dependency. In our experience, students who travel with dependency issues do not get the full benefit of study abroad. We recommend that students with dependency issues exercise great caution before deciding to study abroad.

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. Read the Code of Student Responsibility here.

Responsible Alcohol Consumption

If you take part in nightlife and/or go out drinking, be sure to:

  • Know your limits
  • When possible, stay safe by walking home with someone you know
  • Do not accept drinks from a stranger
  • 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

Possession and/or use of illegal drugs constitutes a violation of DIS Code of Student Responsibility and both Danish and Swedish Law. 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 Sweden, Denmark or any other country, your U.S. passport won’t 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.
DIS will notify your home university if you violate the DIS Code of Student Responsibility. Past students have been dismissed from DIS for drug-related infringements.

Illegal Items

The use of illegal drugs is no more acceptable in foreign cultures than it is in the U.S., and is treated as a serious criminal offense. DIS would like to emphasize that the following items are illegal under the Swedish and Danish law, as well as most European countries:

  • All forms of cannabis (marijuana) are illegal in Sweden and Denmark as are heroin, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, and other forms of non-prescribed, mind-altering substances
  • Defensive weapons, including but not limited to knives, mace, and stun guns
  • Medications that are shipped to either country