Alcohol Use

Under Maryland state law, persons who are 21 years of age can purchase, possess and consume alcoholic beverages. Any individual younger than 21 drinking, purchasing or possessing alcohol is subject to a fine or imprisonment. Borrowing or falsifying identification constitutes a felony. Sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages to underaged persons is forbidden.

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any public area of the campus (inside or outside) and alcoholic beverages are not permitted in the public areas of residence halls (lounges, hallways, etc).

Students 21 years of age or older may consume and possess alcohol in their residence hall rooms. Alcohol may not be possessed or consumed in public areas of the University, including but not limited to hallways, lounges, bathrooms, kitchens and common areas. When transporting alcoholic containers, they must be concealed and unopened. For those of the legal drinking age, containers of alcoholic beverages larger than 3 liters, including kegs, are not permitted in the residence halls.

Students are expected to use good judgment in the use of alcoholic beverages.

This policy should convey to all students at Notre Dame that they are considered responsible adults and will be held accountable for their actions on and off campus. Furthermore, Notre Dame believes self-responsibility is fundamental to a mature and educated person.

Drug Use

The University supports federal and state laws and therefore cannot condone the illegal possession, use or sale of drugs. In the case of misuse of drugs or illicit medication on campus, judicial procedures shall be carried out by the Honor Board. Resulting action can range from rehabilitative counseling to dismissal, depending on the seriousness of the offense. An institutional official or the Honor Board may feel that information should be given to law enforcement officials.

Off-campus violations shall be viewed as individual cases. Civil action neither necessitates nor precludes campus action. If a student who has taken drugs seeks counseling from University personnel, such conferences are considered privileged information. Residents are responsible for violations by guests.

The University has adopted a drug and alcohol abuse education program pursuant to federal law.