The illegal or abusive use of alcohol and/or other drugs by students, faculty or staff adversely affects USC’s commitment to provide an environment of excellence in teaching, research and learning. As members of the USC community, we all share in the responsibility for creating and maintaining a healthy and productive environment for work and study alike. With this responsibility comes the obligation to be involved in preventing problems caused by the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
USC’s comprehensive approach to addressing substance abuse emphasizes:
(Taken from USC Drug-Free – Prevention, Education and Counseling Services along with University Policies and Procedures for Preserving a Drug-Free Workplace and Study Environment – hereafter referred to as USC Drug-Free.)
With this approach in mind, the university has expectations concerning alcohol use on campus which directly correspond to California and Los Angeles laws and ordinances and include, but are not limited to, the following provisions:
Since the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited (unless licensed for consumption of alcohol on the premises), any event being sponsored or hosted by a campus individual, university-recognized group, department, or office, must get approval to serve alcohol. All student organizations must have permission to serve alcohol at their events. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Leadership Development must approve requests to serve alcohol for all organizations within the Asian Greek Council, the Interfraternity Council, the Multi-Cultural Greek Council, the National Panhellenic Council, the Pan-Hellenic Council and the Independent Greek Council. All other student organizations should contact the Office of Campus Activities for additional information. Approval must be obtained for all events on campus, on Fraternity/Sorority Row or at the Radisson. For approval and copies of the detailed protocol on serving alcohol on campus, call:
The university’s policy is to conform to all applicable laws and follows the current stance of the medical and mental health professions regarding the use of other psychoactive substances including stimulants, depressants, narcotics, inhalants and hallucinogens including marijuana.
The university expects all students and student groups to comply with all local, state and federal laws. It is the responsibility of each individual to be aware of, and abide by, all federal, state and local ordinances and university regulations. Current laws provide for severe penalties for violations which may result in criminal records (taken from USC Drug-Free).
The use of tobacco is prohibited in all enclosed buildings, facilities and university vehicles. See Smoke-Free Policy.
Student involvement in underage consumption of alcohol or the manufacture, use, possession, distribution or sale of illicit drugs is a matter of concern to the university and will subject a student so involved to disciplinary action by the university. Dependent on the nature of the violation, university sanctions may include educational intervention, mandated community reparations, suspension, or expulsion aside from or in addition to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws. University action may be taken whether or not independent action is taken by civil authorities.
There are many well-documented risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs, affecting not only the individual user, but also his or her family, friends and roommates. Alcohol abuse is frequently a factor in cases of assault on campus. Other problems associated with alcohol and other drug abuse include poor academic or job performance; relationship difficulties, including sexual dysfunction; a tendency toward verbal and physical violence; financial stress; injuries or accidents; and violations of the law such as driving under the influence and willfully destroying property.
Members of the university community are encouraged to seek assistance and/or support for themselves or others through any of the following resources:
Copies of USC’s Drug-Free – Prevention, Education and Counseling Services along with University Policies and Procedures for Preserving a Drug-Free Workplace and Study Environment can be obtained through the Office of Contracts and Grants, Stonier Hall, 837 W. 36th Place or via the Web at policies.usc.edu/policies/drugfree2005.pdf.
Revised April, 2007.