Saint Louis University

Student Conduct Drug & Alcohol Policies

Table of Contents

Standards of Conduct
Overseas Programs/Sanctions
Counseling and Assistance
Alcohol Policy
Alcohol Guidelines
Alcohol and Student Groups
University Sanctions
Health Risks
Effects of Alcohol
Legal Sanctions

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy

The Drug Free Schools and Communities Amendments of 1989 require Saint Louis University to certify that it has adopted and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program as a condition of receiving federal funds and financial assistance. As a Catholic, Jesuit Institution dedicated to the search for truth through education, and improving the temporal and spiritual well-being of all persons, Saint Louis University has had a long-standing policy of promoting a campus environment free from drug and alcohol abuse. In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and Saint Louis University’s Catholic, Jesuit mission, this policy restates the University’s commitment to maintaining an environment which is free of impairment and conducive to the physical, emotional, and psychological, and spiritual development of all persons.


This policy applies to all students taking courses for academic credit at Saint Louis University, including students enrolled at the Frost Campus, Medical Center Campus, Parks College, Saint Louis University at Madrid and academic programs located overseas.


For the purposes of this policy, the following definitions will be applied:

  • The term “Illicit drugs” includes any controlled substance listed in the Schedule 1-V of Section 202 of the Federal Controlled Substance Act and those listed under Illinois, Missouri or other applicable laws.
  • The term “University” includes Saint Louis University and Saint Louis University at Madrid.
  • The term “University premises” includes all land, facilities, and other property in the possession of or owned, used or controlled by the University (including adjacent streets and sidewalks.
  • The term “University activities” includes academic programs affiliated with the University or in which students have matriculated for academic credit at Saint Louis University, including study-abroad programs overseas, and any on-campus or off-campus event or function conducted, approved, sponsored or funded, in whole or in part, by the University or any officially recognized student organization.

Standards of Conduct

Saint Louis University prohibits the unlawful manufacture, distribution, sale, possession or use of illicit drugs or alcohol on its premises or as part of any University activities. Conduct involving prescription drugs which have not been prescribed by a physician will be treated as a violation. This policy supplements and does not limit rules of conduct pertaining to alcohol or drugs which are published in other official University publications.

Overseas Programs/Sanctions

Students visiting foreign countries to attend academic programs overseas are reminded that they may be subject to arrest and legal sanctions for drug and alcohol offenses under the laws and regulations of that particular country or institution in addition to the University sanctions described in the Code of Conduct.

Counseling and Assistance

Saint Louis University offers confidential, professional counseling and referrals for students needing assistance for problems relating to alcohol and drug abuse. Students may obtain information and assistance by contacting the following Counseling and Consultation Center locations:





Marchetti Towers


Medical Center

Wohl Institute



Manresa Hall


For assistance off-campus the following organizations provide local referrals and information on alcohol or drug abuse through nation wide hot-line services:


Toll-Free Number

Alcohol and Drug Referral


Alcoholics Anonymous


National Council on Alcoholism


National Institute on Drug Abuse


Parents’ Resource Institute for Drug Information



Alcohol Policy

In observance with the law of Missouri and the ordinances of the City of St. Louis, no person under the age of 21 may purchase or attempt to purchase or have in his or her possession, any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage on University premises or at University activities. Therefore, no alcohol beverage may be served or sold to anyone under 21 years of age on University premises or at University activities. Students must present two forms of valid photo identification or comply with our reasonable age verification procedures at events held on the University premises at which alcohol is available. Students found presenting false identification or taking other steps to acquire alcohol as a minor will be subject to disciplinary sanction under the Code of Non-Academic Student Discipline and Responsibility, and risk criminal prosecution.

Consumption of alcoholic beverages by those who are over 21 years of age, on University premises, is permitted ONLY at those student events or locations that have been expressly approved by the Office of Student Life and ONLY in those locations for which the University has a license. Approval for alcohol service at events sponsored by University departments must be obtained from the appropriate director, dean, or Vice Provost.

University funds may not be used to pay for any portion of an event at which alcohol may be served to or consumed by minors.

Arrangements for food and beverages for on-campus events must be made with University Dining Services, which has the responsibility for verifying the legality of persons seeking to purchase or obtain alcohol. No food or beverages may be brought into an event by an outside caterer except with special authorization.

Monitoring and enforcing compliance with the policy and guidelines are the responsibility of the Department of Public Safety for outside events, and or the director/manager of the building for inside events. Compliance with the policy in residence halls is the responsibility of the Director of Residence Life and the Residence Life staff.

University departments and student organizations also may impose additional, more stringent restrictions on the use and distribution of alcohol by their members.

Additional University alcohol-related policies include the Dry Rush Policy (section 3.2.7); Advertising and Alcohol Policy (section 3.5.3); and the Residence Life Alcohol Policy, published in the Residence Life Guide section of the Student Handbook. Alcohol guidelines for student athletes can be obtained from the Athletic Department, located in Bauman-Eberhardt Athletic Center. Copies of the Greek Social Event Policy, intended to provide risk management guidelines and govern the use and distribution of alcohol at fraternity and sorority events, are available at the Office of Student Life, Room 300, Busch Memorial Center.

At a Catholic, Jesuit education institution, Saint Louis University expects our students to develop a responsible philosophy on the appropriate use of alcoholic beverages. The University encourages students to consider all the implications of drinking and to arrive at a conscientious decision about how they will personally use alcohol.

The University is obligated to respect civil law, and it attempts to provide the rights of others threatened by illegal or immoderate drinking on University premises or at social events sponsored by the University. The University, therefore, prohibits drinking that infringes on the rights of others, prohibits misconduct due to drinking or drinking by anyone under 21 years of age. The University prohibits any drinking patterns that lead to behaviors detrimental to the health and welfare of the individual, student group or University community. Social activities are expected to have clear purposes, other than the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The University encourages moderation in the use of alcohol, for those of legal age, who choose to drink. The University strongly asserts that choosing not to drink is as socially acceptable as choosing to drink.

Finally, in accord with our policy, the University will sponsor programs and develop guidelines to help community members understand the advantages of a healthy lifestyle, the consequences of use and abuse of alcohol, the moral implications of alcohol use, and the importance of personal and community responsibility.

In accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, the University annually distributes to students an informational brochure that includes the University Alcohol and Drug Policies, counseling and assistance programs, University and legal sanctions, health risks, and uses and effects of controlled substances. Additional copies are available in the Office of Judicial Affairs, Dubourg 241. All students should become familiar with this information.

For assistance and information on issues relating to alcohol please contact the Student Health and Counseling Center at 977-2323.

Alcohol Guidelines

Saint Louis University permits the lawful possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on University premises or at University activities by persons who are of legal drinking age, consistent with the following guidelines:

Students who are not of legal drinking age (21 years) are not permitted to be under the influence of alcohol in residence halls/apartments.

No alcoholic beverages may be sold or furnished to persons under the age of 21. Those residents who are of legal drinking age may bring alcoholic beverages in closed containers into the residence halls/apartment living units, only if they are contained in paper bags or other coverings.

Residence hall students who are of legal drinking age may consume alcohol only in their room/living unit. The door must be closed. No non-residential individual or underage persons (other than a roommate) can be present.

Students residing in apartment living units and their guests who are of legal drinking age may consume alcohol in the apartments but without the presence of underage person (other than a roommate).

No alcohol, whether in open or in uncovered unopened containers, is permitted in lounges, hallways, or other residence hall/apartment living unit public areas by anyone, of any age. No alcohol is permitted on the balcony of any University apartment.

Kegs, party balls, beer bongs and similar large containers of alcohol are not permitted in the residence halls/living units. If found, they will be disposed of and the owner(s) brought to disciplinary review.

Irresponsible use of alcohol resulting in public intoxication, disorderly conduct, vandalism or similar conduct may result in disciplinary action.

Intoxicated residents may be prohibited from escorting guests into the residence halls/living units. In addition, obviously intoxicated visitors may not be escorted into University housing, regardless of their escort.

Should you be found in a room/living unit in which an alcohol policy is being violated, you will be subject to disciplinary action, regardless of age (Refer to “implied consent”).

Failure to comply with these regulations may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to: discussions with Residence Life staff and Counseling Center staff concerning alcohol use, educational tasks, probation, or removal from University housing.

For academic year 2001-2002, 4Walsh, 4Gries, and 4Clemens are substance free floors. No alcohol is permitted regardless of age.

Beginning in 2002-2003, the Griesedieck Complex and Marguerite Hall are substance-free residence halls.

Alcohol and Student Groups

Student groups, such has hall councils, or other groups receiving University funds are not allowed to use those funds to purchase alcohol.

Alcohol may not be served as a function of a formal or other hall-sponsored event. The establishment where the event is being held may serve alcohol, but they may not establish an on-campus location specifically for the sale of alcohol at the event.

Residence hall floors may not use floor funds at events involving alcohol.

University Sanctions

Students who violate the University’s Standards of Conduct pertaining to alcohol or the Alcohol Policy and Guidelines will be subject to the maximum sanction of disciplinary probation or any lesser sanction authorized under the applicable student code. Repeated violations will constitute sufficient grounds for dismissal from the University.

Anyone found in violation of the University’s Standards of Conduct pertaining to illicit drugs will be subject to the maximum sanction of dismissal or any lesser sanction authorized under the applicable student code.

Appropriate disciplinary action for violations of the University’s Standards of Conduct and Alcohol Policy and Guidelines may include counseling and/or a satisfactory completion of a rehabilitation program. The University may, at its discretion, refer cases to the proper law enforcement authorities for arrest or prosecution. To the extent that the University serves society by developing and sustaining an environment free of alcohol and drug abuse, the University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against students involved in violations of the Standards and Alcohol Policy Guidelines occurring off-campus. Disciplinary measures will be administered consistent with local, state and federal laws.

Health Risks

There are numerous, serious health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. Substance abuse, when left untreated, may lead to damaged vital organs such as the liver, brain, and kidneys. Other problems normally associated with substance abuse include nausea, vomiting, loss of memory, slurred speech, blurred vision, and violent acts of aggression. These effects, more often than not, lead to poor academic performance, loss of jobs, arrests, arguments with family and friends, and serious accidents.

Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a care safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher manual functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, can also lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver. Mothers who drink alcohol during pregnancy may give birth to infants with fetal alcohol syndrome. These infants have irreversible physical abnormalities and mental retardation. In addition, research indicated that children of alcoholic parents are at a greater risk of becoming alcoholics than other children.

Legal Sanctions

Because of the harmful effects of alcohol and drug abuse, local state and federal governments have enacted laws making it a criminal offense to unlawfully possess, use or distribute illicit drugs or alcohol. These laws cover the one time, “social or recreational” users as well as the alcoholic and drug addict. In order to assist you in understanding the potential legal implications of such conduct, a summary of the criminal sanctions which may be imposed under local, state, and federal laws is provided below:

Missouri Law
Conviction for possession of illicit drugs results in up to 7 years imprisonment and a maximum fine of $5,000, unless the offense involves 35 grams or less of marijuana which entails up to 1 year in prison and a fine of $1,000.

Illinois Law
Conviction for possession of illicit drugs results in 4 to 50 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000, unless the offense involves smaller amounts of 200 grams or less of certain drugs, which elicits 4 to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $200,000.

Federal Law
Conviction for possession of illicit drugs results in 1 to 3 years imprisonment and a minimum fine of $1,000, unless the offense involves cocaine base (crack) which may carry mandatory imprisonment for up to 5 to 20 years.

The severity of the sanctions imposed for both possession and distribution offenses depends on the type and quantity of drugs, prior convictions, and whether death or serious injury resulted. Sanctions may be increased for offenses which involve distribution to minors or occur on or near University premises.  In addition, other federal laws require or permit forfeiture of personal or real property used to illegally possess, facilitate possession, transport or conceal a controlled substance. A person’s right to purchase a firearm or receive federal benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, or professional or commercial licenses, may be revoked or denied as a result of a drug conviction. Additionally, federal law mandates that any student who has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of a controlled substance shall not be eligible to receive any grant, loan, or work assistance during the period on the date of such conviction and ending after the interval specified.

Missouri Law
The purchase, attempt to purchase, or possession of any intoxicating liquor by a person under 21 years of age is punishable by a fine of $50 to $1,000 and up to a year in jail. The same penalties apply to persons knowingly furnishing alcohol to minors.

Illinois Law
The purchase and/or possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under 21 years of age is punishable by up to a year in jail. The same penalties apply to persons knowingly furnishing alcohol to minors. In addition, the Village of Cahokia prohibits by ordinance the purchase and/or possession of alcohol by persons under 21 and may impose a fine of $200.




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