UMBC bans the use or distribution of illegal drugs and controlled substances on the campus and immediate vicinity. The University is committed to a safe and healthy environment, so any individuals who violate the law are subject to not only University disciplinary processes, but possible jail time or criminal prosecution.
Overall, UMBC is hardly synonymous with partying, and peer pressure is close to nonexistent. Upperclassmen will drink in smaller venues, such as apartments, but not in the dorms. Drugs are not a major issue for the campus community. Drug use can be found, as at most universities, but students who are caught with drugs, even if they are in good academic standing, will not be saved from harsh punishment. Most issues, including any drug-related offenses, are usually worked out between the violator and the Staff of the Office of Student Judicial Programs or the Student Hearing Board.