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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 through 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 are designed to help protect the health and welfare of students and to maintain an atmosphere and environment appropriate for learning.

Drug Policy

Use, possession, sale, distribution, and being under the influence of controlled substances or illegal substances on university premises or at university-organized activities is strictly prohibited, except as permitted by law.

Alcohol Policy

The University of Baltimore permits the use of alcoholic beverages in designated areas on campus if such use is in conformity with all applicable alcoholic beverage laws and the specific university regulations. The use of alcoholic beverages on campus or at off-campus university sponsored events must also be consistent with the maintenance of a high standard of conduct conducive to learning.


Violations of laws and university policies and regulations regarding the use of controlled/illegal substances and alcohol at on-campus or university-organized activities off-campus will be subject to prosecution through both law enforcement authorities and the campus judicial system. Penalties through the latter authority will depend on a careful review of the entire circumstances of each individual case, but will take into consideration such factors as the accused person's previous record, the nature of the substance, and the degree of culpability. The range of university penalties shall include, but not be limited to, disciplinary reprimand, loss of privilege, restitution, disciplinary probation, disciplinary suspension, disciplinary dismissal, and disciplinary expulsion.


Persons interested in discussing drug or alcohol related problems are encouraged to contact the University of Baltimore Counseling Services for either counseling or referral. Besides offering crisis intervention and short-term counseling, University of Baltimore Counseling Services makes an up-to-date resource directory available. Resources in the directory include a broad range of treatment modalities and support groups. As with any type of health care, confidentiality is always maintained.

Regulations for the Marketing, Sale , Distribution, and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages at University Events

  1. Legal Regulations

    All sales, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages, must conform to regulations of the university as set forth herein, to the regulations of the Board of Liquor License Commissioners for Baltimore City , and the laws of the state of Maryland . Specifically, Article 2B of the Annotated Code of Maryland (Alcoholic Beverages Law):

    1. prohibits selling or permitting consumption of alcoholic beverages after the prescribed hours (Section 86);
    2. prohibits permitting any person to drink any alcoholic beverage not purchased from the license holder on the premises covered by the license and not permitted by the license to be consumed on the premises (Section 114);
    3. prohibits selling or furnishing any alcoholic beverages to a minor or a person visibly under the influence of any alcoholic beverage (Section 18). The City of Baltimore Liquor Board requires that a one-day liquor license be obtained and displayed at any event where beer and wine are sold (other than in Poe's Publick House). Information about the acquisition of permits is available from the Center for Student Involvement.

  2. Designated Areas

    Alcoholic beverages may only be served and consumed in areas designated and approved by the Office of Auxiliary Services or the faculty/administration sponsor. When sold by student groups in designated areas other than Poe's Publick House, alcoholic beverages must be ordered through the Center for Student Involvement ten days prior to the event.

  3. Precautionary Measures

    Individuals or organizations sponsoring events on or off-campus
    should implement precautionary measures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not abused, accessible, or served to persons under the legal drinking age (21) or to persons who appear intoxicated. Such measures shall include but not be limited to: identification and age verification checks, wristbands or hand stamps designating those eligible to drink alcoholic beverages, having designated servers distribute all alcoholic beverages, prohibiting any form of "drinking contest" or game, restricting distribution of free and inexpensive alcoholic beverages, informing and arranging for the Department of Public Safety to be on call for all events, and having nonalcoholic beverages and food available where alcoholic beverages are served.

  4. Advertising/Promotion

    Promotional materials including advertisement of university events may not:

    1. make reference to the amount and price of alcoholic beverages (such as the number of beer kegs available),
    2. encourage any form of alcohol abuse,
    3. place emphasis on quantity and frequency of use,
    4. associate alcohol consumption with the performance of tasks that require skilled reactions such as the operation of motor vehicles or machinery, or
    5. portray drinking as a solution to personal or academic problems of students or as necessary to social, sexual, or academic success. All promotional materials shall note the availability of nonalcoholic beverages as prominently as alcohol. Alcoholic beverages may not be used as inducement to participate in a university/club sponsored event. Display or availability of promotional material for both on-campus and off-campus events shall be determined in consultation with the director of student activities.

  5. Campus Marketing Programs

    Campus marketing programs, which include controlled sampling, are permitted but shall conform to all university alcohol regulations, including the availability of alternative nonalcoholic beverages and food. No uncontrolled sampling as part of a campus event is permitted. The consumption of alcoholic beverages shall not be the sole purpose of any promotional activity. Marketing programs should have educational value and subscribe to the philosophy of responsible and legal use of the products represented. Marketers shall support campus alcohol awareness programs that encourage informed and responsible decisions about the use or nonuse of alcoholic beverages.

  6. Free Alcoholic Beverages

    Alcoholic beverages may not be provided as free awards or prizes to individual students or campus organizations. Free alcoholic beverages may not be served at student events without prior approval of the director of student activities.

  7. Violations

    Any violations of these regulations, those of the City of Baltimore Liquor Board, or the laws of the state of Maryland regarding alcoholic beverages will be adjudicated through the university's judicial system, and where appropriate, through legal action. Students and organizations found to be in violation shall face a range of university sanctions as provided in the Code of Conduct.