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JCU students face possible charges

April 23rd, 2009

Two John Carroll University students could face charges pending an investigation by Campus Safety Services and the University Heights Police Department after they allegedly used hallucinogenic drugs.

On March 28, a medical emergency call was made to CSS from a student who complained he was not feeling well. The Murphy Hall resident was hospitalized and later released; he admitted to using the psychedelic drug mushrooms.

According to the CSS report, the student said he and another student had taken “magic mushrooms.”

Our attempts to obtain information from University Heights Police Department were unsuccessful.

Mushrooms, or “shrooms” as they are commonly referred to, contain substances like psyilocybin and psilocin, which have psychedelic properties known to cause hallucinations and other physical effects on the mind.

The JCU Community Standards Manual describes some effects of the hallucinogens, such as “acute reactions, panic revolving around severe anxiety and intense fear of losing control, psychotic reactions involving severe breaks with reality and persistent hallucinations and delusions.”

Brian Hurd, assistant director of Campus Safety Services, said “the students were most likely not trafficking the drugs but were experimenting with the mushrooms.”

Hurd went on to say that there was not heavy usage involved in the incident and that the students will have to appear before the Student Union Hearing Board.

“The hearing board does not typically take drug offenses lightly,” he said.

The students will be referred to the Dean of Students for further disciplinary action. According to the Community Standards Manual, further action may include “fines, probation, residence hall dismissal, limitations on activities or access, required counseling or advising, performance of service work or other work detail, required residence in university approved housing as a condition of continued enrollment, suspension or expulsion.”

The Community Standards Manual also says some students may be referred to the university counseling center for drug education and counseling.