Alcohol & Illegal Drugs

Alcohol and Illegal Drug Policy

The University prohibits illegal drugs and alcohol. Violations of the Student Code of Conduct concerning illicit drug and alcohol are addressed through the campus disciplinary system, education and counseling. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University will contact the parents of students under the age of 21 who violate university policies or civil laws pertaining to alcohol or drugs.


The University strictly prohibits the use, possession, sale, or offering for sale of illegal drugs. The University will cooperate with local law enforcement to protect the campus from illegal drug use and/or sale and will handle alleged violations of the Code of Conduct related to drugs through its established disciplinary channels. Possession and/or use of illegal drugs selling, providing, or distributing illegal drugs may result in suspension and/or expulsion from the university.

Persons convicted of drug possession under State or Federal Law may not be eligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction and two years after the second. The penalty for sale of a controlled substance is ineligibility for federal student aid for a period of two years following the first offense and indefinitely following the second offense.

Any drug paraphernalia or items associated with the use of illegal drugs are prohibited and will be confiscated upon discovery. This includes but is not limited to bongs, hookahs, water pipes, roach clips, blow tubes, small scales, unidentifiable pills and razorblades. In cases where drug paraphernalia is found with illegal substances, a minimum fine of $300 per item will typically be assessed in addition to other appropriate sanctions.


To ensure that UD students arrive on campus well informed about the risks and dangers of excessive alcohol consumption, all incoming undergraduate students are required to take an online alcohol education course called AlcoholEdu for College.

The University of Dallas wishes to establish a healthy climate on campus regarding alcohol, one in which students feel free not to drink and understand the importance of drinking moderately. Underage and immoderate drinking is not tolerated.

The general provisions governing alcoholic beverages are in compliance with the laws of the state of Texas. These provisions are as follows:

1. To consume or possess alcohol, a student must twenty-one years old. The distribution of alcohol to underage individuals by any person is prohibited.

2. Immoderate drinking by any student is prohibited. Immoderate drinking is defined as the use of alcohol, on- or off-campus, in a manner that results in intoxication or in behavior judged to be abusive, offensive, disorderly, unlawful or dangerous to others and/or themselves. Student Affairs or University of Dallas Police Department staff will decide whether or not a student has been consuming alcohol immoderately.

3. Driving any vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is strictly prohibited and subject to sanctions under the Code of Conduct. 

Specific Provisions Related to the Use of Alcohol on Campus 

1. Students of legal drinking age are permitted to drink in moderation and to store alcoholic beverages in their own residence hall rooms or in their student apartment if all other residents and guests of that room or apartment are of legal drinking age. Students of legal drinking age must store alcohol in an inconspicuous manner (i.e. in the refrigerator or closet). If one roommate is of legal drinking age and the other roommate is not of legal drinking age, no alcohol can be possessed, consumed or stored in the room or apartment. Students of legal drinking age are not permitted to consume alcohol in the rooms of underage students. Underage students may not be present in a room where students who are of age are consuming alcohol.

2. The consumption of alcoholic beverages and the possession of open containers, except at University-approved events (see Hosting Guidelines below), are restricted to the Rathskeller and the residence hall rooms and student apartments of students of legal age, in which all residents of the room or apartment and guests are of legal drinking age.

3. Residence hall and student apartment residents who are of legal drinking age who host a social event in their room or apartment are responsible for seeing that persons under legal drinking age are not present and that there is no immoderate drinking at the event. The residents assigned to the room/apartment are also responsible for the behavior of their guests, damages, and cleanup. (See Social Host Responsibility Policy below.)

4. Authority for the interpretation of the Campus Alcohol Policy rests with the Office of Student Affairs.

5. Alcohol, kegs, taps and alcohol containers in violation of University policy will be confiscated and will not be returned.

6. Serving alcohol from an open source is prohibited. Beer bongs and beer balls are not permitted. Spiked punch and Jell-O shots, no matter what the alcohol content, are strictly prohibited.

7. The possession of shot glasses, flasks, empty or open containers in the presence of underage students implies consumption and is prohibited.

8. Collections of empty containers are prohibited on campus.

9. The contents of open containers will be poured out in the presence of a University official.

10. Games that imply or are associated with the rapid or reckless consumption of alcohol are strictly prohibited. This includes but is not limited to beer or water pong, flip cup, slap cup, kings cup.

Social Host Responsibility Policy

Student(s) hosting a party (either on or off campus) are responsible under the Student Code of Conduct for the actions of, or injuries to, their guests due to the distribution of alcohol or illegal substances at the event.

Hosting Guidelines

Organizations wishing to sponsor an event that includes alcohol must submit an Event/Program Alcohol Registration and Permit Form to Student Affairs at least ten days prior to the event. Specific policies for events requiring a permit are detailed on the Alcohol Event Permit Form. If it becomes apparent that these guidelines cannot be met before or during an event, the host is required to cancel the event.

If the University learns that organizations or individuals are planning to have sponsored activities that violate state law or policies of the University, regardless of where held, the University may respond through administrative and/or disciplinary actions. 

Medical Amnesty / Good Samaritan Policy

The University recognizes that in an alcohol or other drug-related emergency, the potential for disciplinary action by the University may discourage students from seeking medical assistance for them or other students; therefore, the University has a Medical Amnesty protocol as part of our comprehensive approach to reducing the harmful consequences of alcohol or other drugs. The University’s main concern is the well-being, health and safety of its students. Medical Amnesty represents the University’s commitment to increasing the likelihood that community members will call for medical assistance when faced with an alcohol or other drug related emergency. Medical Amnesty also promotes education for individuals who receive emergency medical attention related to their own use of alcohol or other drugs in order to reduce the likelihood of future occurrences. A student who calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing an alcohol or other drug-related emergency will not be subject to disciplinary action for related possession or use of alcohol or other drugs. The recipient of medical attention will also not be subject to disciplinary action for the related possession or use of alcohol or other drugs if she/he agrees to participate in a recommended referral to the Counseling Center and to comply with any recommendations the counselor prescribes. An individual receiving emergency medical assistance on more than one occasion due to use of alcohol or other drugs will be evaluated in order to provide the student with additional resources and may be subject to sanctions under the Code of Conduct.

Conduct in violation of the Student Code of Conduct that is not related to drugs or alcohol may still be subject to disciplinary action.

Confidentiality of Drug and Alcohol Counseling Services

The University is committed to a caring relationship among its students, staff, faculty, and administrators: a relationship characterized by understanding, forgiveness, and respect for individuality. UD’s disciplinary procedures are intended to be constructive and redemptive. Complete confidentiality will be strictly observed to the limit of the law for students who seek help for substance-abuse problems. Insofar as federal and state statutes and professional ethical standards permit, no professional on the UD counseling or health center staff will in any way notify the administration of the name of a specific student who comes for assistance for substance abuse or any other type problem, and no records will be forwarded to the administration regarding the services or the problem.

A student who voluntarily seeks help for drug or alcohol abuse will be assisted by the university to obtain appropriate treatment.



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