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Drug-Free Policy

The University of San Francisco has adopted and implemented a program to prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by its students and employees on school premises or as part of any of its activities. In addition to compliance requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (as amended in 1989), USF subscribes to a long and distinguished tradition of humanistic, Jesuit and Catholic values. As such, USF seeks to develop the ability of our students to apply to their own personal and social lives the principles and values learned in the philosophical and theological disciplines.

Furthermore, each and every member of the USF community has the right and responsibility to pursue his or her academic endeavors in a safe, effective, drug-free environment. Students, staff and faculty work collaboratively in developing educational programs that will encourage responsible adult behavior. The practice of students accepting responsibility for compliance with federal and state laws and with USF's Drug-Free Policy nurtures adult behavior.

Below is a summary of alcohol and drug violations for students. Elements of this policy may change from time to time, however; interested persons are encouraged to consult the online Fogcutter and online Catalog to ensure finding the latest version.

The following behaviors may result in the initiation of disciplinary action in accordance with the University Conduct and Disciplinary Procedures:

  • Underage possession and/or consumption of alcohol.
  • Possession of an open container of alcohol in public. Public areas include common areas in the residence halls and condo buildings, unit balconies or patios, public balconies or patios, courtyards, hallways, parking lots, sidewalks, and streets.
  • Hosting, organization of, or participation in a student group event where alcohol is being unlawfully consumed. Participation is defined as being present at the event, regardless of consumption.
  • Being present while others are unlawfully using alcohol.
  • Being present (if under the age of 21) while others are consuming alcohol.
  • Possession of empty alcohol containers, even for decorative use, if residents are under the age of 21. Containers found in a student's room or living unit will be considered property of that student.
  • Dispensing alcohol to minors.
  • Intoxication (regardless of age).
  • Possession or use of a common source of alcohol (e.g., keg, party ball, trash can, etc.), or participation in an event where a common source of alcohol is present. Excessive amounts of alcohol (e.g., beer pong) regardless of container type may be considered to be a common source.
  • Unauthorized possession, consumption, sale, distribution, or manufacture of any controlled substance, illegal drug, and/or drug paraphernalia.
  • Being present while others are using or are in possession of illegal drugs.
  • The attempted sale, distribution, or manufacture of any controlled substance, illegal drug, and/or paraphernalia on University property or at official University functions.
  • Use of possession of equipment, products, or material that is used or intended for use in manufacturing, growing, using, or distributing any drug or controlled substance, including but not limited to bongs, pipes, or roach clips.
  • The medically unsupervised use of drugs that may involve medical or psychological hazards to individuals on University property or at official University functions that is unlawful or otherwise prohibited, limited, or restricted by University policies or regulations, or may lead to interference with the rights and privileges of others.

Students found responsible for violating University alcohol or drug regulations will be sanctioned accordingly.