Loyola University Maryland

Office of Student Support and Wellness Promotion


We take a collaborative approach to working with students in an effort to enhance overall wellness and personal success. Our strategy includes interacting with on-campus and local community partners to create spiritual, emotional, physical, educational, professional, and social opportunities for growth. This approach allows us to connect students to resources that will facilitate progress and overall well-being. We help students navigate the often rocky terrain of college life by assisting them during challenging times, affirming their strengths, and promoting confidence.

The office of student support and wellness promotion (SSWP) offers education and screening to students who are referred through the Office of Student Conduct as part of the sanctioning process for an alcohol/drug-related incident.

SSWP is well aware that students who are sanctioned to our office are certainly not the only students who have experienced an alcohol or drug related issue. In fact, there are many college students who struggle with substance use issues in silence. Additionally, a member of Loyola’s caring community, such as a professor, a roommate, or a friend may notice a student who seems to be challenged by making good choices when it comes to alcohol and/or drugs. Sometimes, students recognize that their alcohol or drug use has become problematic, and they demonstrate the courage to walk in to the SSWP office on their own. We welcome every student, at any time. 

SSWP wholeheartedly believes that, “caring for the whole person takes the support of the whole community.”  As a result, SSWP is very well-connected to community resources, many of which are within walking distance of the University. Inevitably, there will be situations that require a level of support that exceeds the capability of institutional resources. In such instances, we will meet with students individually to determine the most appropriate next step toward support.  

What to expect at when the office of student conduct refers you to SSWP as part of the sanctioning process

You can expect to participate in the following screening:

Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)
BASICS is a highly flexible, personalized, two-session program designed to help students examine their alcohol use through a personalized feedback report. BASICS allows students to build their knowledge about alcohol use and its associated effects and consequences. Students will gain awareness about ways to devise strategies to minimize risks associated with alcohol use, and increase their motivation to change current risky behaviors. Finally, BASICS encourages students to identify realistic strategies to reduce risk for future alcohol related problems.

Did you know...

Prevalence of Alcohol Use Behaviors

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH):
53.6 percent of full-time college students ages 18 to 22 drank alcohol in the past month
34.8 percent engaged in binge drinking (5 or more drinks on a single occasion for men or 4 or more drinks on an occasion for women) in the past month
9.7 percent engaged in heavy alcohol use (binge drinking on 5 or more days in the past month). These rates are higher than those for their non-college-attending peers.


Researchers estimate that each year:
1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.
696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
Roughly 20 percent of college students meet the criteria for an AUD.
About 1 in 4 college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in class, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.

Blanco, C.; Okuda, M.; Wright, C. et al. Mental health of college students and their non-college- attending peers: Results from the National Epidemiologic Study on Alcohol and Related Conditions. Archives of General Psychiatry 65(12):1429–1437, 2008. PMID: 19047530 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2734947/

Hingson, R.W.; Zha, W.; and Weitzman, E.R. Magnitude of and trends in alcohol-related mortality and morbidity among U.S. college students ages 18–24, 1998–2005. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs (Suppl. 16):12–20, 2009. PMID: 19538908 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2701090/

Hingson R, Heeren T, Winter M. et al. Magnitude of alcohol-related mortality and morbidity among U.S. college students ages 18–24: changes from 1998 to 2001. Annual Review of Public Health 26: 259–279, 2005. PMID: 15760289  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15760289

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). Table 6.84B—Tobacco Product and Alcohol Use in Past Month among Persons Aged 18 to 22, by College Enrollment Status: Percentages, 2014 and 2015. Available at: https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015/NSDUH-DetTabs-2015.htm#tab6-84b. 

Wechsler, H.; Dowdall, G.W.; Maenner, G.; et al. Changes in binge drinking and related problems among American college students between 1993 and 1997: Results of the Harvard School of Public Health College Alcohol Study. Journal of American College Health 47(2):57–68, 1998. PMID: 9782661 http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/07448489809595621

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Possessing or using a fake ID in Maryland is considered a misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine. Selling a fake ID, however, carries a harsher penalty of up to 2 years in prison and a potential fine of up to $2000.


OPTIONS is a club aimed at broadening the Loyola experience by helping students meet new people, make lasting friendships, and experience community.

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