Drugs And Alcohol

 In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, Public Law 101-226, Loyola University publishes and disseminates the following information regarding the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol: institutional policy and sanction, federal and state laws applicable to such use, health risks, and on-campus and community education, counseling, and treatment resources.

Alcohol Policy

The possession, consumption, and sale of alcoholic beverages on the Loyola University campus is permitted within the limits prescribed by State and Federal Laws and in accordance with the specific regulations that have been established by the university. The law of the State of Louisiana prohibits any person younger than 21 years of age to purchase or publicly consume or possess any alcoholic beverage. Members of the university community or visitors to the campus may not carry open containers of alcohol on the university grounds or in campus buildings except in those places so designated for the consumption of alcohol, (e.g., the Pine Street Café, an approved event, and the Residential Quad area providing a recreational sports activity or contest is not taking place in that area).

It is contrary to the law of the State of Louisiana and the university for any person under the age of 21 to present or offer to any person having a license or permit to sell alcoholic beverages any written or printed or photostatic evidence of age and identity which is false, fraudulent, or not actually his or her own for the purpose of obtaining or purchasing alcoholic beverages. Persons found in violation on campus or at university events off-campus may be subject to university disciplinary action up to and including a fine of $500, compensatory service hours in the community and/or prosecution under state law.

There are additional policies regarding the use of alcohol in the residence halls and for university events and student organizational activities, which can be found in the current Student Code of Conduct.

Drug Policy

The misuse of marijuana and other drugs (drugs in this context include barbiturates, amphetamines, cocaine, tranquilizers, LSD compounds, and any and all substances so defined by state criminal law) is a violation of federal, state, and municipal laws. Loyola University cannot and will not protect students, faculty, and staff members from prosecution under federal, state, and municipal laws. Because of the close proximity of Loyola and The Most Holy Name of Jesus Elementary School, the distribution (sale or giving) of illicit drugs on the Loyola campus can be prosecuted as a federal crime under federal law, U.S. Code, Title 21, Section 845 A1. Loyola cannot condone the possession, consumption, distribution, or sale of marijuana and other drugs. In order to encourage a drug-free living environment, the university will periodically conduct unannounced canine drug searches in the residence halls to identify the presence of illicit drugs.

The enforcement of these rules and the applicable sanctions can be found in the current student handbook, and the Loyola Staff Policies, Procedures and Benefits Manual, as well as the Loyola publication that is in compliance with the Drug Free Schools Communities Act Amendments of 1989.

Alcohol and Drug Counseling, Treatment Referral, and Rehabilitation Programs

The following resources are available for Loyola University students, faculty and staff in need of alcohol and/or drug abuse services:

On-Campus Referral Agencies:

The University Counseling Center provides individual alcohol and drug abuse and dependency screenings, psychological evaluations, outpatient alcohol and drug counseling, and referrals to outside treatment agencies when needed.  Community-based alcohol and drug education classes are available to students who are possibly at risk to become addicted to substances. Other community supports include an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) support group for college students and nearby Al-Anon meeting, a group for family and friends of alcoholics, both are free and private. 

University Counseling Center staff members provide preventative and educational outreach including poster campaigns, residence hall presentations, and coordination of the HEAL (Health Education at Loyola) programs. 

Faculty and staff may utilize the following services of the Substance Abuse Program in the Counseling & Career Center. An initial assessment session will be provided and staff will assist the individual in seeking an off-campus referral agency. This service is free and confidential. A training program for faculty and staff is offered to teach ways of identifying substance abuse and making appropriate referrals. Self-help support groups such as AA, NA, ACOA, and Al-Anon are available for faculty and staff.

Faculty and staff may utilize the Employee Assistance Program to obtain to obtain appropriate therapeutic support. Community-based resources include inpatient and outpatient services as well as support groups including AA, Al-Anon, and NA.

Student Health Service provides emergency medical assistance to students experiencing physical problems resulting from substance abuse. Emergency transportation is available to transport to the hospital if necessary. Loyola upholds a medical amnesty policy to encourage accessing emergency medicine due to substance use.

Off-Campus Referral Agencies:

Off-campus referrals may be made on a case by case basis. For more information about referrals, see the University Counseling Center's web page.