Laws & Policies
Alcohol and Other Drugs at Loyola University Chicago
Students at Loyola are expected to follow all laws pertaining to alcohol and other drug consumption. The most important reason for this expectation is student safety. While many Loyola students choose not to drink alcohol or use other drugs, the University understands that regardless of policies or laws, some will. Students must always exercise good judgment and safe decision-making when it comes to these important issues. The 2016-17 LUC Community Standards contains important policies regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, see links below for more specific policy information.
The following conduct is expressly prohibited regardless of age, except where otherwise specified:
Category A, B, and C violations*
a. Consuming or possessing alcohol while under 21 years of age (A)
b. Possessing an open alcohol container in public view (B)
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 hospitalization or 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.
Other Alcohol Policies:
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 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:
Category A, B, and C violations*
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 hospitalization or concern for student's well-being (C). (Degree of intoxication constituting "of concern" is at the reasonable discretion of the OSCCR.)
Marijuana- A number of states, including Illinois, have passed laws that make the use of marijuana for some medical conditions legitimate under the law of that state. However, the possession or use of marijuana 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 marijuana 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.
*Common sanctions for a first-time offense include: (for Category A) $75-200 fine, 10-20 restorative service hours, educational experience or project; (for Category B) $200-300 fine, 20-30 restorative service hours, more intensive educational experience or project, residence hall or University probation; (for Category C) extensive fines, 30-40 restorative service hours, extensive educational experience or project, residence hall or University probation or suspension. For students under 21 years of age, parents or guardians will be notified of (a) any second violation of this policy, and (b) any Category C violation as permitted under FERPA, see §414.