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Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs


In compliance with The Drug Free Schools & Campuses Act of 1989, this policy provides information and guidelines for students regarding use of alcohol and other drugs on campus.


This policy applies to all University of Dayton students.

Policy History

I. Effective Date: March 11, 1991

II. Approval: February 27, 2014 

III. History:

  • Approved in its original form: March 11, 1991
  • Approved as amended: June 12, 2000
  • Approved as amended: February 27, 2014

IV. Maintenance of Policy: Vice President for Student Development


Alcohol Policy

Use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages under the legal drinking age, distribution of alcoholic beverages, drinking in public, public intoxication, manufacturing alcohol, drinking & driving, possessing consumption devices and mass containers (kegs/mixed alcohol from a common source outside of its original packaging), abuse (requiring medical attention, passing out, vomiting, loss of memory or hospitalization) are not permitted. High risk drinking activities also constitute abuse of alcohol. Such activities include but are not limited to drinking large quantities of alcohol, consuming alcohol at an accelerated pace (chugging), participation in drinking games, use of beer bongs, and/or any activity that promotes irresponsible drinking. Any item that is used to rapidly consume alcohol or used to facilitate high risk drinking may be confiscated and may not be returned. Additionally, the use of alcohol containers/packaging for decoration and/or signage is not permitted in residential areas where alcohol is prohibited. (Note: Students are responsible for all aspects of the code of conduct both on and off campus.)

Mitigating Circumstances

In order to encourage students to seek assistance for their fellow students who may be in medical danger, students who notify Public Safety or other urgent assistance or care agencies (e.g., a hospital, another police agency, etc.), will not be held responsible for the alcohol policy violation should they have been in violation when assisting. Additionally, the student in need of care will not be issued any monetary fines normally associated with the violation.


Illegal use, possession, manufacturing or distribution (or participation in the sale of) of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances and/or any use or possession of general products as intoxicants or “means to get high” is strictly prohibited. Additionally, driving while impaired by such drugs, improper use, possession or distribution of prescription drugs, and paraphernalia commonly used to consume drugs is not permitted. Paraphernalia includes but is not limited to pipes, bongs, hookahs, and homemade smoking devices.

Note: The University no longer provides students with the opportunity to take a drug test when accused of drug use. However, any person can request a drug test prescription from a medical doctor for submission as evidence. One should consider the time lapse between the incident and the test when submitting medical records.

Reference Documents 

  1. Current University of Dayton Handbook

For questions relating to the University policies of Student Development, please contact:

Bill Fischer, Vice President for Student Development