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.
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.
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
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