Student Handbook


Xavier University recognizes that the misuse and abuse of alcohol is a persistent social and health problem of major proportion in our society and that it interferes with the goals and objectives of any educational institution. Accordingly, Xavier University does not encourage the use of alcoholic beverages and strongly discourages illegal or otherwise irresponsible use of alcohol. Members of the University community are responsible for their decisions regarding their use of alcohol as well as their behavior, which occurs as a result of these decisions. In this context, Xavier University created a comprehensive policy on Alcoholic Beverages and Other Drugs. This policy can be found in the University Polices for Employee Conduct and on the web at

Xavier University fully enforces the underage drinking laws of the State of Ohio. All state laws apply to Xavier University students, faculty, staff, and visitors while on Xavier University Campus. These laws prohibit possession, use, sale, distribution, and consumption of all alcoholic beverages by persons less than 21 years of age. To maintain conditions conducive to a learning environment, and to ensure that all community members are in a safe, productive environment, the University further restricts the use of alcohol within specified criteria. For more comprehensive details, please refer to the University's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

The University strictly prohibits the illegal use, possession or sale of any controlled substance. The illegal use of controlled substances is incompatible with the goals and mission of an academic community. Students found responsible for possessing, using, distributing, or selling controlled substances will face serious disciplinary action that may include suspension and/or dismissal from the University for the First Offense. Violations of federal and state drug laws should be reported to the XUPD, which will take appropriate legal actions to enforce those laws. For more comprehensive details, please refer to the University's Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs.

Xavier's Alcohol and Other Drug (AOD) Policy applies to all Xavier University students, as well as employees. A copy of the full text of the Policy is available on the Dean of Student's website and is incorporated herein by reference. The AOD Policy incorporates by reference the following provisions of this Handbook relating to student alcohol abuse and illicit drug use. It also addresses broader policies and guidelines pertaining to every member of the Xavier University community. Students are required to comply with all provisions of the AOD Policy.