Drugs, Alcohol, and Amnesty

Drugs and Controlled Substances Policy

  1. The Loyola University New Orleans drug policy adheres to the federal, state, and municipal laws regarding the consumption, distribution, possession, sale, or intent to sale of illegal drugs and/or other controlled substances.
  2. The use of illegal drugs and controlled substances is a violation of federal, state, and municipal laws and the Code of Conduct. Loyola University cannot and will not protect students from prosecution under federal, state, and municipal laws.
  3. The University reserves the right to periodically conduct unannounced canine drug searches in on-campus spaces, including residence hall rooms, to identify the presence of illicit drugs in order to encourage a drug-free living environment.
  4. The following rules shall be enforced with respect to student conduct regardless of the status of violation in any courts.
    1. A. Possession of drug paraphernalia as commonly defined (pipes, bongs, etc.) is prohibited. Drug paraphernalia as it applies in this section means any equipment, product, or material of any kind that is used in propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance.
    2. B. The distribution or merchandising of illegal drugs and/or controlled substances is prohibited and will result in dismissal and arrest.
    3. C. All illegal drugs, controlled substances and/or drug paraphernalia will be confiscated by the proper authorities.
  5. The illegal possession or consumption of drugs, prescription medication, possession of paraphernalia, or misconduct resulting from such, will result in disciplinary action up to and including dismissal.

    Drug Sanctioning Practices

Alcohol Policy

  1. The Loyola University New Orleans alcohol policy adheres to the laws of the State of Louisiana and Federal law regarding the purchase, sale and consumption of alcohol and in accordance with the specific regulations that have been established by the University. For more information see La. R.S. 14.93.10
  2. A student of legal age (i.e. age 21 in Louisiana) may purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
  3. Public intoxication and/or alcohol abuse is prohibited and is not an excuse for irresponsible behavior or Code of Conduct violations.
  4. A student or visitor may not publicly carry open containers of alcohol on the University property except during approved university events. An open container is any bottle, can, or other receptacle that contains any amount of alcoholic beverage and is:
    1. A. open or has a broken seal, or
    2. B. its contents have been partially removed.
  5. The university dining service provider has the appropriate licenses to sell and serve alcohol at university events and is the only approved provider. 
  6. No liquor may be sold or served at any time or under any circumstance by any student organization without prior approval by the Department of Student Involvement.
  7. The Department of Student Involvement reserves the right to determine whether an event is considered a “party” or a “reception”.
  8. Unsanctioned kegs, pony kegs, grain alcohol, Everclear, multi-alcohol drink punches, party balls, or other large quantities of alcohol are prohibited. 
  9. The act of providing alcohol or alcoholic beverages from common source containers (e.g. trash barrels, watermelons, igloos, punch bowls, etc.) is prohibited.
  10. Drinking games or other activities which deliberately encourage the consumption of alcohol are prohibited.
  11. The possession of alcohol paraphernalia, (e.g. beer bongs, funnels, etc.), that is designated for the irresponsible use of alcohol is prohibited. Paraphernalia, including that used as decoration, is prohibited for those under age 21.
  12. A student, group, or student organization will be held directly responsible for the destruction of personal or public property, the violation of the safety or rights of another person, or the violation of any other campus regulations that may occur while they are under the influence of alcohol.
  13. A student group or student organization is expected to comply with the event registration requirements for holding a “party” or “reception” on-campus, which can be found at the Department of Student Involvement.
  14. A student that is 21 or older, and resides on-campus in the residential halls may consume alcohol in their residence hall room as long as it is in a responsible manner. They cannot provide alcohol to those under the age of 21.
  15. Alcohol consumption and/or any open or closed container will only be permitted in private and not public areas of the residence halls or in the proximity of any residence hall unless it is deemed an official residential life, Department of Student Involvement, or University- sponsored reception.
  16. Private events are permitted in the residence halls so long as all relevant policies concerning alcohol are followed as well as the Private Event Policy for the Residence Halls.

    Alcohol Sanctioning Practices

Bystander Intervention Policy

  1. To encourage a relationship between personal behavior and the quality of campus life, all community members have an affirmative duty to take reasonable action to prevent, stop, or report violations of the Code of Conduct. Students are prohibited from: 1. Encouraging or permitting others to engage in misconduct
  2. Failing to confront, prevent, or report misconduct to a University official, which may include intervention, contacting University Police, or submitting an Incident Reporting Form.
  3. Failing to remove oneself from a situation in which misconduct is occurring

To promote community responsibility and bystander intervention, reporting students may be protected by Amnesty.

Amnesty Policy

Students and student organizations may be reluctant to seek medical assistance for themselves or others in instances of alcohol or drug intoxication for fear of facing disciplinary action from the University. In order to promote an ethic of shared responsibility and community support, Loyola University encourages students/student organizations to assist others, both on and off campus, by calling for medical assistance in instances of excessive alcohol and/or drug use. This policy is meant to ensure the health and wellbeing of Loyola students by removing the threat of a conduct violation in the instances where medical assistance is required due to excessive alcohol or drug intoxication. Students/student organizations that seek medical assistance for themselves or another student due to intoxication of alcohol and/or drugs will be exempt from formal conduct charges for the mere possession or use of alcohol or drugs. In order to receive the benefit of this policy the following conditions must be met:

  1. The student(s)/organization called emergency services and reported that a person was in need of assistance due to alcohol or drug intoxication
  2. The student(s)/organization who called for assistance provided each of their names to the emergency service operator
  3. The student(s)/organization who made the call to emergency services remained with the person in need until assistance arrived and cooperated with the emergency services and/or law enforcement personnel on the scene

In some cases, the student may be required to meet with Office of Student Affairs staff in order to be eligible. If required, a staff member will contact the student to schedule an appointment. Students granted amnesty under this policy may also be required to complete an educational program regarding alcohol or other drugs, counseling or complete a substance abuse assessment as determined by the appropriate University official. Failure to complete the educational or other requirements may be subject to disciplinary action.

This policy only applies to a student’s alcohol and/or drug policy violation; it does not apply

  1. To other violations of the Code of Conduct that may have occurred in conjunction with the alcohol/drug violation, including but not limited to sexual assault, distribution of drugs or controlled substances, property damage, or hazing.
  2. In the event of repeated violations of the Alcohol and/or Drugs and Controlled Substances policy.
  3. In cases where the student(s) wait until after police or other authority’s arrive before seeking assistance.
  4. With respect to civil claims or criminal charges for violations of local, state and/or federal law.
  5. To actions taken by New Orleans Police or other law enforcement personnel.

Information regarding Heroin and Fentanyl Overdose

Naloxone, widely known by its brand name, Narcan, is an opiate antidote that prevents heroin and fentanyl overdoses. Naloxone is carried by all New Orleans EMS and Tulane EMS units, and a supply has been ordered to be kept at the Loyola University Police Department headquarters. For more information about the opiate antidote naloxone, dial 211 in the state of Louisiana. For more information about signs and symptoms of an opiate overdose, please visit http://studentaffairs.loyno.edu/health/news-item/heroin-and-fentanyl-use-great-concern-new-orleans-area.