Loyola University Chicago

Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution

Division of Student Development

Alcohol, Drugs, and Smoking

Commonly referenced policies pertaining to substance use and smoking are listed below. For a complete list, please refer to the Community Standards.

201(2) Alcohol (A, B, or C)
The following conduct is expressly prohibited regardless of age, except where otherwise specified:

a.     Consuming or possessing alcohol while under 21 years of age (A)
b.    Possessing an open alcohol container in public view (A)
c.    Disruptive activity due to intoxication (B)
d.    Manufacture, sale, or unauthorized distribution of alcohol (B)
e.    Public intoxication on University property or at University-sponsored events (B)
f.    Severe intoxication resulting in concern for student’s well-being (C) (Degree of intoxication constituting “of concern” is at the reasonable discretion of the OSCCR.) Students under the age of 21 and who are determined to be intoxicated do not have the right to refuse medical care under Illinois law.

202(1) Alcohol – Residential (A or B)
Students and their guests, regardless of age, are subject to additional regulations concerning alcohol when in a residence hall. Students must properly dispose of all alcohol present when asked by a University official.

The following conduct is prohibited for residents and guests who are under 21 years of age (“underage students”) in a residence hall, except where otherwise specified:
a.    Being in the presence of alcohol, unless in one’s own room/apartment when the alcohol is in the possession of a roommate who is 21 or over (A)
b.    Alcohol being stored in rooms by students over the age of 21 must be labeled if they have underage roommate(s) (A)

The following conduct is prohibited regardless of age:
c.    Consuming alcohol in a residence hall in the presence of underage students (in rooms or apartments where some residents are under 21 and others underage, residents who are 21 or over and their 21 or over guests may consume alcohol in the presence of the underage roommate; however, underage guests are not permitted to be present when alcohol is in plain view or being consumed.) (A)
d.    Possession of collections or displays of containers that contain or previously contained alcohol (e.g. empty bottles, etc.) (A)
e.    Drinking practices or games that encourage participants to consume alcohol or promote intoxication and any paraphernalia that supports such activity (A)
f.    Possession of excessive amounts of alcohol (including any sized keg) as determined by a University official (B)
g.    Use or possession of alcohol in building common areas (B)

201(6) Drugs (A, B, or C)
Possession, use, transfer, distribution, manufacture, or sale of illicit drugs is prohibited. Illicit drugs include both illegal drugs and legal substances used outside the directions of a valid prescription. Students may not possess any form of drug paraphernalia (any items or articles needed for, intended for, or typically associated with illicit drug use), even if the paraphernalia has never been used.

The following conduct is expressly prohibited:
a.    Being in the presence of illicit drugs (A)
b.    Possession of drug paraphernalia (A)
c.    Possession or use of illicit drugs (B)
d.    Manufacture, sale, transfer, or distribution of illicit drugs (including “sharing” or otherwise distributing prescription drugs) (C)
e.    Severe intoxication resulting in concern for student’s well-being (C) (Degree of intoxication constituting “of concern” is at the reasonable discretion of the OSCCR.)

A number of states, including Illinois, have passed laws that make the use of cannabis for some medical conditions legitimate under the law of that state. Furthermore, beginning January 1, 2020 the state of Illinois made non-medicinal use of cannabis legal at the state-level for those over the age of 21. However, the possession or use of cannabis remains an offense under the Controlled Substances Act, a federal law.

Loyola University Chicago is obligated to comply with all federal laws and regulations. In order to remain in compliance, Loyola will not permit the possession or use of cannabis at educational or other activities sponsored, conducted, or authorized by Loyola or its student organizations, whether on or off campus, in any on campus housing, or in any other Loyola buildings or other property.

201(19) Smoking and Tobacco Products (A)
Use of all tobacco products is prohibited on all campus properties. This includes interior spaces on Loyola’s campuses (Lake Shore, Water Tower, Health Sciences, LUREC, Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, and John Felice Rome Center); including the outdoor property or grounds controlled and/or maintained by Loyola at these campuses, as well as all University-owned or leased vehicles; and all outdoor athletic facilities, including Hoyne Field. Tobacco is defined to include lighted cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos, pipes, hookah products, cannabis, smokeless/spit or spitless/dissolvable/inhaled tobacco products, dip, chew, snuff, snus in any form (orbs, sticks, pellets, etc.). Nicotine products not approved by the Food and Drug Administration as a smoking cessation product are all prohibited.

Electronic smoking devices (e.g. e-cigarettes, vaporizers, or “vapes”) or any electronic product that can be used to simulate smoking are prohibited as well and are treated the same as regular cigarettes for the purposes of all University policies, unless tampered with or intended for use with illicit drugs (in which case, see §201(6) Drugs).
Individuals who choose to smoke on public property near campus locations must do so in compliance with existing public ordinances. In Chicago, you must comply with ordinance No. 7-32 to maintain a distance of 15-feet from any University building opening (e.g. doors, windows, ventilation intakes, etc.). All cigarette butts shall be disposed of in ashtrays.

Students are prohibited from selling, buying for, distributing samples of, or furnishing any tobacco product to persons under the age of 21.

For additional information regarding Loyola's policies, see the Loyola University Chicago Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.