Loyola University Maryland

Public Safety

Alcohol and Drug Policies

Loyola University Maryland is committed to promoting its campus community's health and safety through a program of alcohol education and the implementation of relevant policies. The University enforces all Maryland laws regarding the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages, including those prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21 on-campus and at University-sponsored activities.

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 institution's drug, alcohol, and weapons possession policies.

Loyola University Maryland fully supports and requires compliance with federal and state laws regarding illegal drugs and paraphernalia. The term "drug" also includes any other substance used to change a mood or alter reality and is not used according to a medical prescription and "look-alike" substances.

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 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 University's drug and alcohol policy 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 complies with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-229) signed into law by President George Bush on December 12, 1989. The University abides by all Federal, State, and local laws relating to alcohol and drugs. For more information, visit https://www.loyola.edu/department/student-conduct.

Loyola also works closely with the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems and the Combating Underage Drinking (CUD) Coalition. As alcohol and drug problems impact college campuses across the nation, Loyola University Maryland is fully dedicated to understanding our student population's specific areas of concern. To better understand our students' alcohol behaviors and related consequences, Loyola has maintained its participation in the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems.  The Maryland Collaborative was established in 2012 and focuses on evidence-based strategies to reduce college student drinking and related problems. The Maryland College Alcohol Survey (MD-CAS) is funded by the Behavioral Health Administration of the Maryland Department of Health. Loyola is one of 15 colleges across the state whose presidents have agreed to join the initiative and work together to address underage and excessive drinking.

Data from the 2018 survey reveals significant areas of concern among Loyola’s sophomore and junior classes (currently, juniors and seniors). These areas of concern are as follows:

  • High-risk drinking is binge drinking 1 to 4 times during the past month.
  • Very high-risk drinking is binge drinking 5 or more times during the past month.
  • Binge drinking is 5 or more drinks per occasion for males and 4 or more drinks per occasion for females and transgender students.
  • Pre-gaming is drinking alcohol in your or someone else’s residence before attending a social or other event.
  • False identification.

The Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion facilitates student retention within the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis. They are committed to supporting students who face personal and substance use-related challenges by providing opportunities for spiritual, emotional, physical, educational, professional, and social growth. We help students leverage available resources and stay focused on their success by initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships with our community partners.

Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion
Seton Court 02B
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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