Office of Residence Life

Drug and Alcohol Policy

UMass Lowell is a Drug Free Campus

All students/employees at UMass Lowell are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws, including those regulating the use, possession, sale, distribution, manufacture and cultivation of illicit drugs.

In addition, Congress has recently amended Title XII of the Higher Education Act of 1965 by adding a section pertaining to Drug Free Schools and Campuses. Under this new amendment, any institution receiving federal funds, including federal student loan programs, must have adopted and implemented guidelines to prevent the use of illegal drugs and alcohol by students and employees.

It is therefore, the university's responsibility to ensure that every student/employee be aware of the Policies and Sanctions pertaining to Violations of the residential Drug Policies.

Residential Drug Policy

  • A first time drug offense will result in a minimal sanction of a one week suspension from the halls and a referral to the university's Substance Education Program. A second drug offense will result in a minimal sanction of a two week suspension from the halls and a referral to the university's counseling center. A third offense will result in a sanction of removal from housing.  
  • In the event that drug paraphernalia or drug use occurs in a room, residents of a room may be held responsible, regardless of whether or not the drugs or drug paraphernalia are in their possession.
  • All persons are prohibited from being in the presence of any drug activity while in the residence halls. If a resident student is found to be in the presence of others using drugs or drug paraphernalia, they may receive the same sanctioning as those using the drugs or drug paraphernalia.
  • Minimal proof of the presence of marijuana within a room shall be defined as the confirmation of odor by university staff or police officer. Other contributing factors may include, but are not limited to: Haziness within the room, fans blowing out the window, presence of air freshener or other odor masking devices.
  • Any object who's design is to hide the presence of drugs within the room shall, themselves, be considered drug paraphernalia.
  • In the event that a person or persons are deemed by University Police or Residence Life Staff to be selling, distributing, or providing drugs within the residence halls may receive a minimum sanction of removal from housing.

Residential Alcohol Policy

A resident or guest who is of legal drinking age may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in six of the eight residence halls in the privacy of the resident's own room or in the room of another resident who is of legal drinking age and who is present during the consumption. The exception to this are students residing in either Leitch or Fox Hall. Both of these buildings are "dry buildings" or alcohol-free buildings. This means that regardless of a student's age they cannot possess or consume alcoholic beverages in the building.

This policy, in effect, makes clear that persons of age, who drink in a responsible manner, may do so. Underage drinkers, and those who drink irresponsibly regardless of age, will be sanctioned.

At a minimum, students with drug and alcohol problems will be placed into our on-campus drug and alcohol program, Substance Education Program (SEP). Students whose abuse of drugs or alcohol is dangerous to themselves, others, or to property, will be subject to stiffer sanctions including but not limited to expulsion from the university. All judicial cases, whether or not they involve drug or alcohol abuse, are adjudicated individually with the interests of the student and the community in mind.

Residential Smoking Policy

UMass Lowell went tobacco-free campus wide beginning August 2014.