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   Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy

Illegal or abusive use of drugs or alcohol by members of the campus community jeopardizes the safety of the individual and the campus community, and is inadmissable to the academic learning process. The University of Maryland is therefore committed to having a campus that is free of the illegal or abusive use of drugs and alcohol. In keeping with this commitment, it is the policy of the University that the illegal or abusive use of drugs or alcohol is prohibited on University property or as part of University activities. This POLICY is to notify students of prohibited conduct and disciplinary actions which may result from violation of University policy.

Prohibited Conduct: Drugs

The Code of Student Conduct prohibits, on University premises or at University sponsored activities, the

1) unauthorized distribution

2) possession for purposes of distribution

3) use --- OR ---

4) possession of any controlled substance or illegal drugs.

"Controlled substance" and "illegal drugs" prohibited under the Code are set forth in Schedules I through V in Article 27, part 279 of the Annotated Code of Maryland

 Prohibited Conduct: Alcohol

  • The Code of Student Conduct prohibits the violation of published University regulations or policies regarding the possession, use or distribution of alcoholic beverages, as approved and compiled by the Vice-President for Student Affairs. These policies, generally described below and subject to amendment from time to time, are available for public inspection during normal business hours in the Judicial Programs Office.
  • The Resident Life Alcohol Policy controls the use, possession or distribution of alcohol in campus residence halls. This policy prohibits the possession or use of alcohol by any student under the age of 21 or the furnishing of alcohol to a person known to be under the age 21. It prohibits common containers (such as a keg or punch bowl) the sale of alcohol, and parties involving alcohol. Students of legal drinking age may consume alcohol in their rooms, suites or apartments only.
  • The Office of Campus Program Alcohol Policy controls the use, possession, or distribution of alcohol by students on University premises or at University sponsored activities. This policy prohibits the possession or use of alcohol by any student under the age of 21 or furnishing of alcohol to a person known to be under the age of 21. Alcoholic beverages otherwise may not be possessed, consumed or distributed at University sponsored events occurring on University premises unless advance written approval has been obtained from the Office of Campus Programs. In addition, the University Policy on Possession or Use of Common Containers of Alcohol prohibits the possession or use of kegs, beer balls, punch bowls, and other common containers of alcoholic beverages or a similar nature on University property, except for possession and use resulting from licensed purchase by the University's Department of Dining Services.
  • Disciplinary Sanctions: Sanctions for violations for University drug and alcohol policies include expulsion, suspension, disciplinary probation, disciplinary reprimand, restitution, dismissal from University housing, housing probation, work or research projects, drug testing, and restrictions on further use of University facilities. Students may be accountable to both civil authorities and the University for acts which constitute violations of law and University policy. Disciplinary action at the University will normally proceed during the pendency of criminal proceedings and will not be subject to challenge on the grounds that criminal charges involving the same incident have been dismissed or reduced.

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