Alcohol and Drug Policies

USF complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act Final Regulations of 1990. The university has a standard of conduct that prohibits the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on university property or as part of university activities. The university will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees ranging from educational and rehabilitation efforts up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the law. These laws impose legal sanctions for both misdemeanor and felony convictions. Criminal penalties for convictions can range from fines and probation to denial or revocation of federal benefits (such as student loans) to imprisonment and forfeiture of personal and real property.

Each and every member of the University of San Francisco community has the right and responsibility to pursue their academic endeavors in a safe, effective, drug-free environment. The USF Alcohol and Drug Policy adheres to local, State, and Federal laws regarding the purchase, sale, and consumption of alcohol, including those prohibiting the consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons under the age of 21. The drug policy adheres to Federal law regarding marijuana and the university does not permit the possession or use of marijuana for any purpose on university property even if the use meets the qualifications of the California Compassionate Use Act, Proposition 215, or if purchased legally by a student over the age of 21 as permitted by State law. More information on the university’s alcohol and drug policies can be found in the Fogcutter at

Abuse of alcohol and drugs can have a significant impact on one’s professional, academic, personal, and family life. Students, staff, and faculty work collaboratively in developing educational programs that will encourage responsible adult behavior. The practice of students accepting responsibility for compliance with federal and state laws with USF’s Alcohol and Drug Policies nurtures adult behavior.

Each year the university notifies employees and students of their responsibility to adhere to the alcohol and drugs policy. A biennial review is conducted to determine its effectiveness and implement changes to the program if necessary and ensure that the disciplinary sanctions listed are consistently enforced. For a copy of this biennial review, contact Health Promotion Services at (415) 422-5797 or visit their office at University Center 5th Floor.

Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Support Resources

On campus

Name of Program Population Date Held Location Held
Not Anymore Course All incoming and transfer students Deadlines: August 15 for Fall; January 15 for Spring Online
Brief Motivational Intervention Sanctioned students Ongoing during the academic school year On campus
Brief Motivational Intervention Athletes Ongoing during the academic school year On campus
Alcohol eCheckup Students Ongoing during the academic school year Online
Marijuana eCheckup Students Ongoing during the academic school year Online
Health Promotion Services Students Ongoing On campus
Counseling and Psychological Services Students Ongoing On campus
Employee Assistance Program Employees Ongoing Online and by phone