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Drug and Alcohol Policies

The 2019-2020 Student Responsibility and Community Standards Abridged Drug and Alcohol Policies were updated Jan. 2, 2020. Refer to the Student Handbook for more detailed information.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Policy

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 require Saint Louis University to certify that it has adopted and implemented drug and alcohol abuse prevention programs 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, psychological and spiritual development of all persons.

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 activity. 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 country or institution, in addition to the University sanctions described in the University Community Standards.

Alcohol Policy and Guidelines

The following Alcohol Policy and Guidelines set parameters within which alcohol use will reflect this increasing awareness of concern for us and each other:

  • In observance of the laws of Missouri and local ordinances, no person under the age of 21 may purchase or attempt to purchase, or have in their possession, any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage on campus or at University activities.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages by those who are over 21 years of age, on campus, must follow Housing and Residence Life guidelines while in a residence hall, and is permitted only at those student events or locations that have been expressly approved by the Student Involvement Center and only in those locations for which the University has a license.
  • University funds may not be used to pay for any portion of an event at which alcohol may be provided, served to or consumed by minors.
  • Arrangements for food and beverages for on campus events must be made with DineSLU, which has the responsibility for verifying the legality of persons seeking to purchase or obtain alcohol. No food or beverages may be brought to 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 (DPS) for outside events, and the director/manager of the building for inside events. Compliance with the policy in the residence halls and University-owned/managed housing is the responsibility of the Director of Housing and 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.
  • As a Catholic Jesuit educational institution, Saint Louis University expects its 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.

Drugs Policy and Guidelines

Possession, use and distribution of stimulants, depressants, narcotics or hallucinogenic drugs, and other illegal agents having potential for abuse, except for a properly designated physician's or dentist's prescription, is forbidden by University policy and local, state and/or federal law. In addition, the abuse of legal substances may also be considered a violation of University policy, e.g. huffing nitrous oxide, whippits. Such use, possession and conduct are prohibited on Saint Louis University's premises, or as part of any University activity. Selling, bartering, exchanging or giving away such substances to any person is illegal and prohibited. Any Student engaged in such activity may be reported to law enforcement agents and will be subject to severe conduct action, including but not limited to suspension or dismissal. Please refer to section 2.7.14 of the University Community Standards for more information as to what constitutes a violation of the University’s drug policy.

Cannabis and Marijuana on Campus

Recently, Illinois legislature passed Public Act 101-0027, which legalized the use of cannabis in the state of Illinois beginning in 2020. Given the proximity of Saint Louis University to Illinois and that many students, faculty and staff reside in that state, we wanted to proactively answer some of the questions that members of our community may have.

The state of Missouri (Mo. REV. STAT. § 579.015 and Mo. REV. STAT. § 579.055) prohibits the non-prescribed possession and use of marijuana and cannabis. Moreover, cannabis remains illegal under federal law. Saint Louis University complies with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, which outlines a drug-free campus community. Saint Louis University prohibits the use, possession, manufacture, sale, cultivation, purchase with the intent to distribute, distribution of cannabis and other drugs, and storage of cannabis and other drugs by students, faculty, staff, and visitors on all of Saint Louis University’s campuses and properties and at all University-sponsored events.

Is cannabis allowed on campus?

No. Even if it is legally obtained under Illinois state law, cannabis is prohibited from campus.

Is medical cannabis allowed on campus?

No. Medical cannabis, even if obtained through a medical provider, is prohibited from campus.

If I legally buy cannabis in Illinois, can I transport it to Missouri?

No. Transporting cannabis over state lines is a federal crime.

Can I use cannabis if I do not live on campus?

Cannabis is prohibited on campus. If you use cannabis off-campus, you are responsible to determine under what circumstances it is legal and safe to do so.

What happens if I am documented for violating Saint Louis University’s drug policy?

Alleged violations of the University’s drug policy are referred to the Office of Student Responsibility and Community Standards for resolution. Refer to the 2020-2021 Student Handbook for more information.

Who can I talk to about substance use?

Saint Louis University students have access to the University Counseling Center and the Student Health Center. The University Counseling Center also offers a Collegiate Recovery Community (CRC) and Sober@SLU to provide recovering students and their allies a safe and welcoming network. More information can be found online at the Collegiate Recovery Community at SLU