The University of Lincoln has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to illegal drug use.

The University has a duty of care for its students and aims to provide a safe and a healthy environment for all, as well as a duty to operate within the law.

As part of this, the possession, use or distribution of illegal drugs or unlawful supply of alcohol on University property or as part of any University activities is prohibited.

When you enrol, you agree to abide by the various policies that the university has in place, including the Alcohol and Substance Misuse Policy. You can read this policy here.

The University of Lincoln Student Wellbeing Centre has a Substance Amnesty Box located on the ground floor, just past the stairs. It is for you to dispose of any illegal substances or legal highs should you wish to.

Addiction can happen at any age, and it is important to talk to someone if you are experiencing this. You can visit a GP or speak with the Student Wellbeing Centre as a first step. It is not only illegal drugs that people can become addicted to, it could also be painkillers, antidepressants, or alcohol.

Drugs are not only dangerous but possession and supply are also illegal. If you are caught in possession of illegal drugs, such as cannabis, speed, cocaine or ecstasy, you may be cautioned or arrested.

Convictions or cautions for drug-related offences have serious implications for your future, including job prospects and your ability to travel to other countries. Using illegal substances can be very damaging and unsafe for your health. All drugs affect people in different ways and there is no guarantee that what you take is really what you think it is. You won’t know the effects until they are in your system.

No drugs are 100% safe and anything you put into your body could have lasting effects. You are also putting yourself at risk each time you take illegal drugs.

More information and resources are available:

  • We Are with You –
  • Addiction helper –
  • Narcotics Anonymous –
  • FRANK – www.talktofrank.com12

County Line and Cuckooing

Vulnerable people of all ages are being used by drug dealers across country to courier drugs and money. They will often force a vulnerable person to allow them to take up residence in their home (this is known as cuckooing) to sell drugs in the local area.

Everyone has the right to feel safe, wherever they live. Help us keep your campus safe and protect those who need help.

Signs to look out for:

  • Has a friend or student on your course gone missing for days at a
  • time?
  • Are they frequently meeting with unfamiliar people from outside the
  • university?
  • Is there a change in their behaviour?
  • Have they acquired money or expensive gits they can’t account for?
  • Have you noticed any suspicious vehicles or people at a friend’s house?

If you have seen something that looks like it could be a sign of county lines or cuckooing, please inform the police:

To report to the university’s Campus Police Liaison Officer:

  • Email:
  • Call: 101
  • Report online:
  • In a life-threatening emergency, call 999

You can report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or

Alternatively, speak to both the Student Wellbeing Centre or the Student Support and Advice Teams for more information.