Nicholas Busbey, 23, allegedly sold Marshall Pedder, 21, a pill of Vyvanse, a stimulant used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, in the lobby of the school's Center for Community, the Daily Camera, Boulder, Colo., reported.
Busbey was arrested on suspicion of the unlawful sale of a controlled substance and Pedder was charged with possession of a controlled substance, officials said Wednesday.
Vyvanse and other drugs prescribed for ADHD such as Adderall are used as a "study aid," CU police spokesman Ryan Huff said.
"As we approach midterms and finals we see a handful of these cases in the library or the residence halls," Huff said. "Students using these as 'study aids' want to stay up longer studying and are looking for ways to do that.
"It's important for these students to know these are felonies," Huff said. "It might give them a temporary boost to stay up, but the long-term effect of getting caught is a felony record and a trip to jail."
Meanwhile, some students said they thought the charges against Busbey and Peddler were too tough.
CU freshman Ian Collett said he thought felony charges were a little tough. "I feel like that is a little harsh," he said.
Freshman Sam Cochran agreed: "I think those pills are whack and it's so easy to become dependent on them, but, at the same time, it was one pill. It's not like he was trafficking."