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In Case of Emergency

On campus:
call the UB Police at 410.837.4444

Off campus:
dial 911

  • Give specific information related to your situation and location.
  • The dispatcher will send an officer to your location to assess the student’s condition and determine whether or not the student needs medical attention.
  • You may be asked for additional information related to their condition. Please cooperate with the officer as they have the best interest of the student in mind. Timely and accurate information can help the officer better assess the student’s health risks.

The use or abuse of controlled or illegal substances, including alcohol, poses a serious threat to the health and welfare of a large segment of the college student population.

This can happen through a lessening of academic performance, estrangement of social relations, creation of mental health and physiological problems, vandalism, and in some cases bodily injury, illness and death.

The University of Baltimore drug and alcohol policies can be found in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Guide. The policies are designed to help protect the health and welfare of students, observe state, federal and local laws and to maintain an atmosphere and environment appropriate for learning.

 

Drug and Alcohol Resources

 

There are many resources, both on and off campus, to educate UB students and provide assistance regarding drug, and alcohol usage and support physical and mental wellness.

Safety Tips


If you observe a student with any of the following conditions, you should get help immediately by calling the University of Baltimore Police Department:

  • vomiting
  • semiconscious or unconscious
  • incoherent speech
  • slowed or irregular breathing
  • injured
  • bluish or pale skin

There are several “social host” laws on the books by the State of Maryland that pertain to civil and criminal responsibilities involved in serving alcohol to others. When hosting a party and alcohol is available to minors or when charging others to consume alcohol, there is significant risk for the host.

Here are a few tips to think about when hosting a party to create an environment where your guests are making low-risk choices about alcohol consumption:

Drinks

  • If you are going to serve drinks, mix it up. Serve non-alcoholic drinks in between alcoholic drinks.
  • Avoid large distribution devices such as kegs.
  • Avoid drinking games; they increase the likelihood that one or more of your guest will get out of control. Drinking games create two potential problems: ingesting alcohol rapidly and ingesting alcohol with high liquor content. Both problems will lead to impairment.

Food

  • Have food available. Even though this may add some expense, food helps to slow down the rate of alcohol absorption and will reduce the overall focus of the party on drinking. To reduce costs ask your guest to bring a dish, make it a potluck.
  • Have activities, so that people are moving and not sitting around drinking.
  • Plan when your party will start and when it will be over. When you set time limits it will help avoid pre-gaming or extending the party into overtime.
  • Have non- alcoholic beverages available for guests who choose not to drink and to encourage other guests to consume other non-alcoholic beverages.

Guests

  • Demonstrate good-host practices by avoiding intoxication. Model the behaviors you would want your guest to follow.
  • Monitor guests who show signs of intoxication and encourage them to reduce their drinking by establishing limits.
  • Make it clear to your invited guests that they must let you know in advance if they are bringing guest.
  • Only allow invited guests to attend your party.  A large party in an apartment often becomes unmanageable. 
  • Allowing guest you do not know may create some party related problems such as someone stealing from you, assaulting you or your guests and damaging your property.
  • Never serve alcohol to minors or charge admission to guests. This increases your civil and criminal liability if something goes wrong.
  • Avoid serving drinks with high alcohol content, such as jungle juice or hard liquor. The risk of impairment is increased when guest consume high alcohol content beverages, and this will increase the likelihood of your guests using poor judgment.
  • Avoid pushing drinks on your guests. Make sure their glass is empty before refilling and avoid mixing drinks that have heavy amounts of alcohol.
  • If your guests are bringing alcohol to the party, recommend that they only bring beer / wine which can be an appropriate request on your part as the host. 
  • Be a good neighbor and let your neighbors know in advance when you are having a party. 
  • Keep your noise and music levels appropriate and make sure your guests are parking in designated areas to avoid conflict with your neighbors.
  • Remember the purpose of this party is to socialize and enjoy the company of friends, not to simply consume alcohol.
  • The University of Baltimore is a wonderful community where students and full-time residents co-exist in the Mid-town community.
Last Published 9/1/16