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