Student Administration and Support Division

Alcohol And Drugs Policy (Students)


The University of Liverpool is committed to ensuring that the use of alcohol and drugs does

not have an adverse effect on the working and social conditions of University students, staff

and visitors. The University recognises that alcohol and drugs will play a part in the lives of

some people and this document is designed to inform you of the University's Policy in

relation to these issues.

Aims of the Policy:

  • To promote an awareness of the health and legal issues associated with alcohol and substance misuse
  • To explain the University’s approach to issues arising from the misuse of alcohol or the use of illegal substances
  • To make students aware of support and guidance which is available both internally and externally for students who may have problems with alcohol and /or drug use

Support, Advice and Information

Any student who is concerned about their use of alcohol or drugs is encouraged to seek

advice. The University will regard anyone seeking support as having a health problem and

will provide assistance to enable appropriate help or treatment to be accessed.

Confidential advice and support, or information on other services, for those wishing to

discuss problems related to the use of drugs or alcohol is available from the Student Health

Service, the University Counselling Service and Liverpool Guild of Students (LGoS).


The University will provide support and information about the health and social issues arising

out of drug and alcohol use and misuse. Alcohol awareness and student health/ wellbeing

campaigns will be organised through the University’s Student Health Service and the

Liverpool Guild of Students.


The focus will be on minimising harm and on emphasising support networks and accessing

reliable sources of information.


Staff in the Student Health Centre, Student Support Services and the Counselling Service

can offer advice, information and support. There are also a number of agencies in the local

area providing a range of services.


Student Alcohol and Drugs Policy



The University Community


 All members of the University community contribute to creating an environment in which everyone can live, study and socialise free from inappropriate disturbance. Anti-social behaviour resulting from alcohol or drug use is unacceptable and may be grounds for disciplinary action including the possibility of exclusion from the University. For students on

clinical programmes, drug use or excessive alcohol use may also result in a student being

referred for consideration under the University’s Fitness to Practise procedures. Being

under the influence of alcohol or otherwise intoxicated will not be considered an excuse for

offensive, abusive or illegal behaviour, and may be regarded as an aggravating feature.

It is a breach of the University’s Rules Regulating the Conduct of Students to supply, use or

knowingly possess any controlled drug, on University premises including University-owned

or managed Halls of Residence.


Reporting Concerns

If you believe that someone has a difficulty in controlling their use of alcohol or drugs you

should encourage them to seek support. Excessive drinking can be the first outward sign

that a student is under stress and needs help.


If you are concerned that a student may be a danger to themselves or others it is

recommended that you inform a senior member of staff or discuss your concerns with

someone from the Student Administration and Support Division or any of the Student

Support Services.

 Students or staff may become aware of, or suspect, drug use or supply on campus. In such

situations you can report your concerns to the Security Control Office which is open on the

campus 24 hours a day and who will take full details. If concerns are about activity in any of

the University Residences then you should report these to the Hall Warden or Manager in

the first instance.


It should be noted that action against students by the Police or the University is unlikely to be

taken on the basis of anonymous reports or unsubstantiated allegations. The University will

take advice from Merseyside Police when considering appropriate action and the University

reserves the right to invite the police to make spot checks on University premises where

there is suspicion of persistent drug usage or supply/dealing.

The University and the Law

The University has a legal responsibility to provide a safe and healthy environment for

students, staff and visitors and will take appropriate steps to ensure this environment is

established and maintained.

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971

Under this Act it is an offence for ‘the occupier or someone concerned in the management of

any premises knowingly to permit or suffer on those premises the smoking of cannabis; or

the production, attempted production, supply, attempted supply, or offering to supply of any

controlled drug’ (Misuse of Drugs Act 1971). It is not the duty of staff to collect evidence, but

any suspicion of dealing in controlled drugs on University premises should be reported to the

University’s Security Service. The Head of Security will take whatever action he considers

appropriate, which may include involving the police. The University reserves the right to

invite the police to make spot checks on University premises where there is suspicion of

persistent drug usage or dealing.

The University will take appropriate action if such incidents occur and will refer these to the


Alcohol Licensing Act 1964

The supply and consumption of alcohol are subject to the restrictions of the Act. Licence

holders have a legal duty to manage premises responsibly and have the authority to ban

people for their anti-social behaviour from bars and other social places where alcohol is on

sale. Any events organised are also required to be managed responsibly.

The Law and You


The consequences which can result from a Police caution or a prosecution for the

possession, supply or trafficking of illegal drugs are not limited to fines and prison

sentences. A criminal record can have a serious impact on employment prospects,

particularly for professions such as law, teaching or medicine. Even your travel plans can be

affected as you may be denied a visa to enter certain countries, such as the United States of

America, if you have been cautioned or convicted for a drugs related offence.


A criminal record arising from drunken behaviour can also have a serious impact on

employment. Receiving a police caution for drunk or disorderly conduct should not be

treated lightly as this could have an adverse effect on your future career.


Information on declaring criminal offences to the University

The University has a duty of care to all its staff and students and thus it needs to be informed

of any alleged criminal activity by its students. If at any time during your registration on a

programme of study at the University you are arrested by the police and charged with a

criminal offence, you are required to report this immediately to the Director of Student

Implementation and Evaluation

The Policy will be implemented through:

Dissemination of the Policy to students and staff

Raising Awareness of alcohol and drug related issues across the University including in the University’s Halls of Residence.

Approved April 2018