THE LAW & UNIVERSITY POLICY ON ALCOHOL, DRUGS AND WEAPONS

The university policy conforms to the Drug Free Schools Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) and to the laws of the State of Texas. The university policy, "OUR LADY OF THE LAKE UNIVERSITY Statement on a Drug Free School," is distributed annually to all students and employees.

Any student or employee desiring counseling, treatment or rehabilitation for drugs and/or alcohol abuse may go to the Office of Health Services for referral or assessment.

The possession, carrying and use of weapons, ammunition or explosives is prohibited on university owned or controlled property. Authorized law enforcement and/or persons specifically authorized by the university are the only exception to this rule.

Drug Possession, Ingestion or Inhalation

The possession, consumption, sale or transfer of illegal drugs, other controlled substances and drug related paraphernalia is not tolerated. Residence Life staff members are especially concerned with behaviors that violate or interfere with rights of others and the dignity of self. Of primary importance to the university community are the following regulations:

  • Possession, consumption, sale and transfer of illegal drugs, other controlled substances and drug related paraphernalia is prohibited.
  • Disorderliness and offensive behavior on university premises and adjacent properties owned by the Congregation of Divine Providence is unacceptable and subject to disciplinary action.
  • Students engaging in self-destructive behavior which impedes a student's ability to enjoy the privileges of education and to fulfill one's obligations as an educated member of society, should seek assistance from applicable resources. It is the entire university community's responsibility to respond to such behavior.

Prohibited Weapons
A weapon is defined as any object that by use, design or definition may be utilized to inflict harm or injury upon another individual or animal. Examples of weapons include but are not limited to handguns, pistols, rifles, axes, and knives with blades in excess of five inches, mace, throwing stars and nightsticks or batons. Possession, use, sale or transfer of weapons, whether licensed or not, is prohibited on university premises and violators will be subject to disciplinary action. Such weapons, if confiscated, immediately become the property of the university. Weapons of any kind are prohibited on the university by the State Law (Penal Code 46.03).    TOP

Alcohol Consumption 
Regarding the consumption of alcohol by students of legal drinking age, local, state and federal laws must be observed at all times. Of primary importance to the university community are the following regulations:

  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited to individuals younger than 21 years of age.
  • Individuals 21 years of age and older are prohibited from providing alcohol to minors.
  • Intoxication, disorderly and offensive behavior on university premises and adjacent properties owned by the Congregation of Divine Providence is unacceptable and subject to disciplinary action.
  • Students engaging in self-destructive behavior which impedes a student's ability to enjoy the privileges of education and to fulfill one's obligations as an educated member of society, should seek assistance from an applicable resource. It is the entire university community's responsibility to respond to such behavior.

The following guidelines apply to possession and consumption of alcohol in the residence hall.

  • Alcohol beverages are permitted in Providence Hall only. Resident students of these halls age 21 or over are permitted to possess and to responsibly consume alcohol in their residence hall rooms, provided all individuals present are age 21 or over.
  • Alcohol beverages are prohibited in Ayres, Centennial, Flores, Pacelli, and St Ann's. Residents of the halls, even if aged 21 or older, are prohibited from possessing and consuming alcohol in their rooms.
  • Regardless of age and residence hall location, consumption of alcohol is prohibited in public areas (e.g. lounge, hallways, patios) inside and outside the residence halls, except at those events approved by the Campus Activities Office and the Office of Residence Life.
  • Kegs and party balls, with or without alcohol, are prohibited in the residence halls. This includes empty kegs or party balls brought on university premises for storage purposes or to be used as furniture or decoration. TOP

Guidelines for Entry and Search by University Police
University police officers may enter residence hall rooms and conduct searches within the boundaries of the law.

  • A university police officer or other university official may enter a room when there is clear or apparent emergency such as fire, serious illness or injury, or where danger threatens persons or property.
  • A university police officer or other university official may enter a room under one or more of the following circumstances:
    1. With a warrant for arrest or search.
    2. With permission of the resident.
    3. When in pursuit of an individual observed committing a crime, or if the officer has reasonable grounds to believe the occupant committed a crime.
    4. When the officer has probable cause for belief that a crime is being committed.
    5. With permission from the director of residence life.
  • A university police officer or other university official may search a room under one or more of the following circumstances:
    1. With a search warrant.
    2. With permission of the resident.
    3. When the room is the area incidental to an arrest.
    4. When the officer has probable cause for belief that a crime is being committed.
    5. With permission from the director of residence life.

***Rules and regulations are enforced throughout the year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Every individual on university property must adhere to the guidelines specified.***

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