Alcohol and Drug Policy

No Smoking Policy

Massachusetts State Law requires that all public areas be designated non-smoking areas. Tufts University has implemented a smoke-free environment. The No-Smoking Policy affects all indoor spaces, all university facilities, and residences.

Alcohol and Other Drugs

Massachusetts Laws and Tufts' Policies on Alcohol and Other Drugs

The welfare and safety of students and their guests are central to the university’s policies on alcohol and other drugs. At the same time, the university must adhere to the requirements of federal and state law.

All members of the Tufts community and their guests are expected to abide by the laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. These laws include the following essential elements:

  • Individuals under the age of twenty-one may not buy, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages.
  • No individual, regardless of age, may carry open containers of alcoholic beverages in public, including outside of buildings (except in the context of a controlled outdoor event where alcohol is served to those of age), public areas of residence halls, lounges, or other college buildings (except for areas that have been reserved and have controls in place for a registered event.
  • No one may provide alcohol to individuals who are under twenty-one years of age
  • No individual may possess or use illegal substances or misuse prescription drugs.
  • No one may sell tickets or charge admissions to events where alcohol is present without a valid license to sell alcohol.
  • The city of Boston has ordinances related to open containers of alcohol in public areas, regardless of age.

Counseling and Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drugs Abuse

The University encourages Tufts students with alcohol and other substance abuse problems to seek assistance and treatment. At TUSM, a variety of resources exist where additional information can be obtained about alcohol and other substance abuse and forms of treatment.

For students on the Boston campus, support is available from the following:

The Office of Student Affairs (617-636-6534) and the University Chaplain’s office (617-627-3427) are available for referrals to other resources in the community. 

Medical Marijuana Policy

Chapter 369 “An Act for the Humanitarian Medical Use of Marijuana” allows for the controlled use of medical use of marijuana in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Although students, staff, and faculty who legally obtain a medical marijuana “registration card” from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health are allowed to possess and consume certain quantities of marijuana, doing so is not permitted on Tufts University property or at university sponsored events (either on or off campus).

Marijuana is classified as a Schedule I drug according to the Controlled Substances Act. Thus, the use, possession, cultivation, or sale of marijuana violates federal policy. Federal grants are subject to university compliance with the Drug Free Communities and Schools Act, and the Drug Free Workplace Act. The university is also subject to the Controlled Substances Act. This prohibits the university from allowing any form of marijuana use on campus.