Loyola University Maryland

Public Safety


10. Alcohol and Drug Policies

Loyola University Student (Alcohol) Policy (found in Community Standards Handbook) provides

Maryland law states it is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to purchase, possess, transport or consume alcohol beverages. Additionally, it is unlawful for any person to purchase alcoholic beverages for consumption by an individual who is known to be under the age of 21. It is also unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to knowingly and willfully make a misrepresentation or false statement as to his/her age in order to obtain alcoholic beverages or to induce the illegal sale or to furnishing of alcoholic beverages. DPS will enforce the unlawful possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforce Maryland underage alcohol laws.

Only those students who are 21 years of age are permitted to have a reasonable amount of alcohol in their residence hall apartments. Guests that are 21 years of age or older may not bring alcohol to a room/apartment/suite/ townhouse where at least one person is under the age of 21. Drug and alcohol policies for faculty, staff and administrators are contained in the Drug and Alcohol Policies, Health Information, Services and Benefits document issued annually to all Faculty, Staff and Administrators. The University will impose disciplinary sanctions on violations of the institutions drug, alcohol and weapons procession policies. 

Staff and Administrators (Alcohol) Policy (found in Faculty, Administrators, and Staff policy manual) provides:

 All members of the University community are to act in a manner consistent with the alcohol policy of the University. This policy is to be observed in the planning and hosting of functions, both public and departmental, on the campus or at University sponsored activities.

1. Alcohol-free events are to be encouraged.

2. Persons under the age of 21 and visibly intoxicated persons may not be served alcoholic beverages. All alcoholic beverages should be served by a bartender(s); the bartender(s) should be over the age of 21 and should be instructed to ask for proof of age.

3. Food and non-alcoholic beverages should be provided and made easily available to all guests.

4. The quantity of alcohol offered and the length of time during which alcohol is offered should be monitored by the host or hostess.

5. Persons who are visibly intoxicated may not be served.

6. Announcements and advertising of such events should not feature nor promote alcoholic beverages as the focus of the event.

7. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited on University property or as part of its activities.

Loyola University Student (Drug) Policy (found in Community Standards Handbook) provides:

Loyola University Maryland fully supports and requires compliance with federal and state laws regarding illegal drugs and paraphernalia. For purposes of this policy, the term “drug” also included any other substance that is used to change mood or alter reality and is not used in accordance with a medical prescription and “look alike” substances. 

Maryland law states that it is unlawful for any person to administer or distribute to another, or to possess (except for physician-prescribed medication), any controlled dangerous substance or controlled paraphernalia (Md. Ann. Code, Art. 27, Sec. 287). 

Violations of the drug policy, including but not limited to the use, sale, possession and distribution of any controlled substance; the manufacture, sale, distribution, possession or use of any controlled substance on the property of the University and on non-University property used in the performance of University-related activities is prohibited; possession of drug paraphernalia, may subject a student to sanctions that include suspension or expulsion from the University.

The drug and alcohol policy of the University is contained in a document entitled Loyola University Alcohol and Drug Program: Standards and Sanctions, Health, Information and Services. The University's official written Drug and Alcohol Policy is also contained in the Student Community Standards Handbook and issued annually to all students.

Loyola University is in compliance with the Federal Drug Free Schools and Communities Act as Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-229) signed into law by President Bush on December 12, 1989.   The University abides by all Federal, State and/or Local Laws relating to alcohol and drugs. http://www.loyola.edu/department/studentlife/studentconduct

Staff and Administrators (Drug) Policy (found in Faculty, Administrators, and Staff policy manual) provides:

All persons employed by the University are responsible for performing their duties effectively and safely for the community’s health and safety. Therefore, it is imperative that Loyola as a community operate in an environment free from illegal drugs and other controlled substances, specifically:

1. The manufacture, sale, possession, distribution, or use by employees in the workplace of a controlled substance or drug not medically authorized is strictly prohibited.

2. An employee may not be under the influence of a controlled substance, alcohol, over-the-counter medication or prescription drug which affects job performance or poses a hazard to the safety and welfare of the employee or other employees.

3. Employees are required to report his/her criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace to his/her immediate supervisor/department chair within five days after such conviction. As applicable, the University will, in turn, also notify the appropriate federal granting/contracting agency of such conviction within 10 days after receiving notice from the employee.

4. Information on the dangers of drug abuse and the availability of counseling and rehabilitation assistance is provided through the Health Services Center, the Counseling Center, alcohol and drug education and support services or the human resources office and is distributed annually to each employee.

5. Certain staff positions require pre-employment physicals involving a drug/alcohol screen. Additional required screens include but are not limited to: reasonable suspicion, reliable information, post-accident, random, return-to-duty, and follow-up.

Compliance with this policy is a condition of employment. Any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action, including, but not necessarily limited to required participation in a rehabilitation program, suspension from duties or dismissal from employment.

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