Policy: Alcohol and Other Drug Policies
UNIVERSITY POLICY: Health & Public Safety
Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act
The U.S. Department of Education has adopted final regulations implementing the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1990. This information is a requirement of those regulations to ensure continued federal financial assistance.
The Act requires the University to provide a description, to all students and employees, of the legal sanctions under federal law and Wisconsin law, University disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, a description of health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol, and a listing of the University's drug counseling and treatment programs.
The law is designed to make it clear that the Department of Education is serious about drug and alcohol prevention on college campuses. It is the intent of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville to follow the regulations and to support the letter and the spirit of the law.
Termination of student status with resultant loss of all student rights or privileges effective across the entire UW System.
Loss of student status for a specified length of time, not to exceed two years, with resultant loss of all student rights and privileges from all University of Wisconsin schools.
All real property owned by, leased by, or otherwise subject to the control of the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System.
Standards of Conduct Concerning Illicit Drugs and Alcohol
The University of Wisconsin System and the University-Platteville prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs and alcohol by students, employees, invitees, guests, and contractor/vendors on university property or as part of university activities.
General Alcohol Policies:
- Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol.
- Official identification (a driver's license or a state issued identification card) is required to verify that a person has attained the legal age for possessing and consuming alcohol. Identification must include a picture of the owner.
- No one may provide alcohol to underage persons. (Wisconsin State Chapter 125)
- No one may serve alcohol to any person who is bordering upon intoxication or who is obviously already intoxicated.
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and its branch campuses recognize alcohol and other drug abuse as a problem prevalent throughout society. This is a matter of concern at an academic institution because it interferes with the activities and education of students and the performance of faculty and staff. The University recognizes college students exercise personal discretion regarding alcohol and drug use. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville, consistent with its mission as a public institution of higher education, is committed to providing education about the effects of alcohol and other drugs in a wide variety of settings and formats; assisting individuals who have developed patterns of abuse to find more constructive and healthy lives; and upholding the law. In those circumstances where individuals, as a result of patterns of abuse, endanger themselves or others, the University will assist in providing professional help, may require remediation, and may examine the appropriateness of continued enrollment and/or employment. This commitment is carried out in an environment which is educational and supportive in nature and designed to bring about positive changes in behavior and attitude.
- Under the authority of the UWS 18.09(1)(a) the Chancellor permits the use or possession of alcohol beverages in the following areas
a. In on-campus student housing units on the main campus, when and where specifically designated by the Director of Residence life;
i. In The Villas apartments on the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus, when and were specifically designated by Bluffstone, LLC.
b. Event spaces and public spaces when and where specifically designated by the Director or Scheduling Authority for the space;
c. Dining services facilities when and where specifically designated by the Director of Dining Services; and
d. In any campus building or on any university lands when and where specifically designated and where prior authorization has been granted in writing by the Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services.
- Individuals, as well as groups, are subject to revocation or restriction of permission to possess and consume alcohol if behavior is determined to be in violation of the alcohol policies of the University. Other disciplinary action may be taken by the appropriate university officials. Sanctions applied as the result of a finding of responsibility during a disciplinary conference.
- University sponsored events may be terminated by university officials if the event becomes disruptive, if the safety and security of individuals is threatened or if the alcohol policies of the University are violated.
Alcohol Service at Events
1. A completed Alcohol at Event Request form must be submitted to Event Reservations at least six (6) weeks prior to the date of the event. The Vice Chancellor for Administrative is responsible for approving or denying requests.
a. For requests from student organizations, the Executive Director of Student Life and Development and/or the Director of the Markee Pioneer Student Center will be informed of the request and provided the opportunity to provide additional information.
2. Alcohol service at events will be limited to the sponsoring organization members and invited guests.
3. Wrist bands are required for ensuring that only persons of legal age are consuming alcohol. Arrangements must be made with Dining Services at least one (1) week prior to the event for an ID check point and wristbands. The sponsoring organization will be charged for staff labor needed to manage the ID and wrist banding process.
4. For all events where alcohol is served, the sponsoring organization must provide adequate supervision from members of the sponsoring organization. The sponsoring organization must accept responsibility for monitoring behavior and adhering to the university policy.a. Supervisors may be required to wear and display identification.
b. The supervisor must be briefed as to the security provisions required by the university.
c. There shall be one supervisor per 100 guests.
a. Non-alcoholic beverages must be offered. The serving of appropriate food and snacks is required.b. Unlimited consumption of alcohol for a fixed fee is not permitted and no event shall ever include any form of a "drinking contest" or forced consumption of alcohol.c. If the event time is longer than 3 hours and/or ends after 10:00pm, alcohol beverage sales will close 60 minutes prior to the scheduled event end time.
Students and Student Organizations:
- Alcohol is not permitted at any new member recruitment activity of a student organization, as an incentive for participating in group activities, as prizes in contests of any sort, or as the primary focus of a gathering on the campus by any campus student organization. Non-alcohol beverages and food items must be provided if alcohol is being served, and all other guidelines must be followed.
- On-campus advertising for social events may not include specific reference to alcohol as a part of the event. References to alcohol are prohibited in either printed word or graphic image.
- Social functions by student groups and organizations including residence hall groups, fraternities, clubs, and teams where alcohol is to be served must be in compliance with all city ordinances, state laws, and university policies.
UW-Platteville Buildings and Lands:
- Open containers of alcohol are prohibited on the grounds of UW-Platteville and its branch campuses, Memorial Park (a.k.a. picnic grounds or driving range), the "M", the University Farm, and the Smart Farm except as permitted under UWS 18.09 (1) (a). At athletic events, the sale or provision of alcoholic beverages shall adhere to the institutional guidelines permitted under UWS 18.09 (1) (a). (WIAC Handbook on the Governance of Athletics - 27.5.1).
- Dining Services shall be the sole administrative unit authorized to conduct the sale of alcohol within university buildings or on university lands.
- When alcohol is served within university buildings or on university lands, the consumption of alcohol is restricted to the serving area. No carryout sales are permitted.
- Whenever alcohol is to be served within university buildings or on university lands, a special identification procedure will be established if underage persons are to be in attendance at the event. This may not apply to events that are private and catered by the university staff, e.g. receptions, banquets, etc.
- Additional alcohol policies and procedures pertaining to residence halls can be found in the Residence Hall Handbook, for main campus residence halls, and The Villas Resident Manual for the Villas at UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County.
UWS Chapter 18.09 Sections
POSSESSION OF DRUG PARAPHERNALIA. (a) No person may use, or possess with the primary intent to use, drug paraphernalia to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert, produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain, conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a controlled substance or controlled substance analog in violation of ch. 961, Stats. (b) In this subsection, the term “drug paraphernalia” has the meaning specified in s. 961.571 (1), Stats.; the term “controlled substance” has the meaning specified in s. 961.01 (4), Stats.; and the term “controlled substance analog” has the meaning specified in s. 961.01 (4m), Stats. (c) In determining whether an object is drug paraphernalia under this subsection, the factors listed in s. 961.572, Stats., and all other legally relevant factors, shall be considered.
POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA. (a) No person may intentionally use or possess marijuana on university lands, except when such use or possession is authorized under ch.961, Stats., or is permitted under s. 961.34, Stats. (b) In this subsection, the term “marijuana” has the meaning specified in s. 961.01 (14), Stats. History: CR 08−099: (1), (2) and (3) renum. from UWS 18.06 (13), (35) and (36) and am. (1) (d), cr. (title) Register August 2009 No. 644, eff. 9−1−09.
Summary of the Health Effects of the Use and Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol
The following is a partial list of drugs, and the consequences of their use. The abuse of alcohol and the use of other drugs is detrimental to the health of the user. Further, the use of drugs and alcohol is not conducive to an academic atmosphere. Drugs impede the learning process and can cause disruption for other students and disturb their academic interests. The use of alcohol and drugs in the workplace may also impede the employee’s ability to perform in a safe and effective manner and may result in injuries to others. Early diagnosis and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse is in the best interests of the student, employee, and the university. (For additional information concerning the health risks associated with substances covered by the Controlled Substances Act, refer to the chart on pages 24-25 of the U.S. Department of Justice publication, Drugs of Abuse, 1996 edition, or visit the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.)
Alcohol is the most frequently abused drug on campus and in society. Alcohol is chemically classified as a mind-altering drug because it contains ethanol and has the chemical power to depress the action of the central nervous system. This depression affects motor coordination, speech and vision. In great amounts, it can affect respiration and heart rate control. Death can result when the level of blood alcohol exceeds 0.40%. Prolonged abuse of alcohol can lead to alcoholism, malnutrition and cirrhosis.
Concerns over a growing illicit market and prevalence of abuse combined with the possibility of long-term effects of steroid use, led Congress to place anabolic steroids into Schedule III of the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Although the adverse effects of large doses of multiple anabolic steroids are not well established, there is increasing evidence of serious with the abuse of these agents, including cardiovascular damage, liver damage and damage to reproductive organs. Physical side effects include elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels, severe acne, premature balding, reduced sexual function and testicular atrophy. The CSA defines anabolic steroids as any drug or hormonal substance chemically and pharmacologically related to testosterone (other than estrogens, progestins, and corticosteroids), that promotes muscle growth. Those commonly encountered on the illicit market include: boldenone (Equipoise), ethylestrenol (Maxibolin), fluoxymesterone (Halotestin), methandriol, methandrostenolone (Dianabol), methyltestosterone, nandrolone (Durabolin, Deca-Durabolin), oxandrolone (Anavar), oxymetholone (Anadrol), stanozolol (Winstrol), testosterone and trenbolone (Finajet).
Three drugs that come from cannabis— marijuana, hashish, and hashish oil—are currently distributed on the U.S. illicit market. These drugs are deleterious to the health and impair the short-term memory and comprehension of the user. When used, they alter the sense of time, and reduce the ability of the user to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination. They also increase the heart rate and appetite. Motivation and cognition can be altered, making acquisition and retention of new information difficult. Long-term users may develop psychological dependence that can produce paranoia and psychosis. Because cannabis products are usually inhaled as unfiltered smoke, they are damaging to the lungs and pulmonary system.
Depressants produce central nervous system depression. Depressants (i.e. barbiturates, benzodiazepines, glutethimide, methqualone, and meprobamate) can cause physical and psychological dependence that can lead to respiratory depression, coma and death, especially when used in concert with alcohol. Withdrawal can lead to restlessness, insomnia, convulsions and even death. Chloral hydrate, a hypnotic depressant, and alcohol constitute “Mickey Finn.”
LSD, PCP, mescaline and peyote are classified as hallucinogens. Hallucinogens interrupt the brain messages that control the intellect and keep instincts in check. Large doses can produce convulsions and coma, as well as heart and lung failure. Chronic users complain of persistent memory problems and speech difficulties for up to a year after use. Because the drug stops the brain’s pain sensors, drug experiences may result in severe self-inflicted injuries. Persistent memory problems and speech difficulties may linger.
The term narcotic derives from the Greek word for stupor. Narcotic use is associated with a variety of unwanted effects including drowsiness, inability to concentrate, apathy, lessened physical activity, constriction of the pupils, dilation of the subcutaneous blood vessels causing flushing of the face and neck, constipation, nausea and vomiting and, most significantly, respiratory depression. With repeated use of narcotics, tolerance and dependence develop. Users of narcotics such as heroin, codeine, morphine, and opium, are susceptible to overdose that can lead to convulsions, coma and death.
Cocaine is the most potent stimulant of natural origin. “Crack” is the chunk form of cocaine that is a ready-to-use freebase. These drugs stimulate the central nervous system and are extremely addictive. They can cause psychological and physical dependency which can lead to dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia, and seizures. They can also cause death by disrupting the brain’s control of the heart and respiration. The use of amphetamines and other stimulants can have the same effect as cocaine and cause increased heart rates and blood pressure that can result in a stroke or heart failure. Symptoms include dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety. They can also lead to hallucinations, paranoia, psychosis, and even a physical collapse.
Nicotine is a highly addictive stimulant, whether ingested by smoking or chewing. This drug hits the brain in six seconds and damages the lungs, decreases heart strength, and is associated with many types of cancers. The withdrawal symptoms include anxiety, progressive restlessness, irritability, and sleep disturbances.
Resources for Drug & Alcohol Abuse, Awareness, Prevention and Treatment
The University provides counseling and referral services for students dealing with alcohol and drug abuse concerns. The Office of Human Resources provides an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for faculty and staff. A variety of community and county resources are also available to assist individuals who need help in this area.
Students who have problems with alcohol or controlled substances are encouraged to voluntarily contact the Dean of Students Office or University Counseling Services for assistance and additional referral. Voluntary contacts with the Dean of Students Office personnel may remain confidential. The UW-Platteville Dean of Students Office is located in suite 2300 of the Markee Pioneer Student Center, and the telephone number is 608.342.1854.
Employees who have problems with alcohol or controlled substances are encouraged voluntarily to contact their Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for referral to counseling or treatment programs. The University of Wisconsin-Platteville in partnership with FEI Behavioral Health is committed to employee well-being through providing free and confidential services for employees experiencing personal or work-related problems. To determine if these services may be of help to you, please call FEI Behavioral Health at 866.274.4723 or visit FEI Behavioral Health online at feieap.com (username SOWI).
UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County
Academic and Conduct Issues/Student Emergencies
Dean of Students Office
Dean of Students Office
Dean of Students Office
403 Melvill Hall
Student Health Services
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University Counseling Services
Campus Counseling Center
Campus Counseling Center
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Richland Center Area
SSM Health Dean Medical Group
Family Resource Center
Pathway to Wellness
Richland County Health
Richland Center Police
University Sanctions Concerning Illicit Drugs and Alcohol
The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on University premises, except in faculty and staff housing, and as expressly permitted by the chief administrative officer or under institutional regulations, in accordance with s.UWS 18.09(1) (a), Wis. Adm. Code. Without exception, alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions under s.UWS 18.09(1) (a), Wis. Adm. Code.
The unlawful use or possession of illicit drugs (“controlled substances” as defined in Ch. 961, Wis. Stats.) on University lands is prohibited in accordance with s.UWS 18.15(1), Wis. Adm. Code. Selling or delivering a controlled substance, or possessing a controlled substance with intent to sell or deliver is prohibited under s.UWS17.09 (6), Wis. Adm. Code.
Violation of these provisions by a student may lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion, under s.UWS 17.10(1), Wis. Adm. Code. As stated in UWS 17.085 Disciplinary sanctions. The disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed for nonacademic misconduct, in accordance with the procedures of ss. UWS 17.11 to 17.13, and 17.152 to 17.154, are any of the following:
(a) A written reprimand.
(b) Denial of specified university privileges.
(c) Payment of restitution.
(d) Educational or service sanctions, including community service.
(e) Disciplinary probation.
(f) Imposition of reasonable terms and conditions on continued student status.
(g) Removal from a course in progress.
(h) Enrollment restrictions on a course or program.
Educational sanctions include, but are not limited to, online alcohol education courses, participation in BASICs (a brief-motivational intervention), or verification of completion of the Grant County Fresh Start course.
University employees are also subject to disciplinary sanctions for violation of these provisions occurring on university property or the work site or during work time, up to and including termination from employment. Disciplinary sanctions are initiated and imposed in accordance with applicable procedural requirements and work rules, as set forth in Wisconsin Statutes, administrative rules, faculty and staff policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Referral for prosecution under criminal law is also possible. Further, violations of s.UWS 18.09(1)(a) and 18.15(1), Wis. Adm. Code may result in additional penalties as allowed under ch. UWS 18, Wis. Adm. Code. The University may remove or ban an invitee, guest or contractors/ vendors for violating this policy.
State of Wisconsin & Federal Legal Sanctions
The laws of Wisconsin prohibit drug possession and delivery through the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Wis. Stat. 961, and mandates penalties that include multiple years of prison and steep fines. The penalties vary according to the amount of drug confiscated, the type of drug found, the number of previous offenses by the individual, and whether the individual intended to manufacture the drug, sell the drug, or use the drug. See Wis. Stat. 961.41 through 961.50. In addition to the stringent penalties for possession or delivery, the sentences can be doubled when exacerbating factors are present, such as when a person distributes a controlled substance to a minor, Wis. Stat. 961.46. Substantial restrictions against alcohol abuse also exist in Wisconsin. It is against the law to sell alcohol to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21, and there is a concurrent duty on the part of an adult to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on his premises, Wis. Stat. 125.07 (1) Violation of this statute can result in a $500 fine. It is against the law for an underage person to attempt to buy an alcoholic beverage, falsely represent his age, or enter a licensed premise, and that person can be fined $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver’s license suspended, Wis. Stat. 125.07(4). Harsher penalties exist for the retailers of alcoholic beverages, including up to 90 days in jail and revocation of the retail liquor permit.
Wisconsin Medical Amnesty
Subject to par. (c), an underage person may not be issued a citation for, or convicted of, a violation of sub. (4) (a) or (b) if all the following apply:
1. The underage person is a crime victim or bystander and either the crime victim or the bystander requested emergency assistance, by dialing the telephone number "911" or by other means, in connection with the alleged crime or the underage person encountered a law enforcement officer at a medical facility at which the crime victim received treatment in connection with the alleged crime.
2. The underage person remains at the scene until emergency assistance arrives and thereafter cooperates with providers of emergency assistance, including furnishing any requested information, unless the underage person lacks capacity to cooperate when emergency medical assistance arrives. If the underage person encounters a law enforcement officer at a medical facility, the underage person cooperates with the officer and furnishes any requested information, unless the underage person lacks capacity to cooperate with the officer.
(c) Paragraph (b) does not apply to an underage person who requests emergency assistance, by dialing the telephone number "911" or by other means, with an intention to claim the protections under par. (b) and knowing that the fact situation that he or she reports does not exist.
The federal government has penalties against drug possession and trafficking through its Federal Sentencing Guidelines which reduce the discretion that federal judges may use in sentencing offenders of federal drug statutes. Under these guidelines, courts can sentence a person to years in prison for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount of marijuana. A sentence of life imprisonment can result from a conviction of possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury.
Chief Administrative Officer
The Chancellor or designee that grants permission for the use of alcohol beverages in given campus facilities or events. In addition, they also appoint Hearing Board members.
Dean of Students and Assistant Dean of Students
Employees that serve the campus community as investigating officers for student violations of UWS Chapter 17 and UWS Chapter 18. These staff members organize and assist in nonacademic disciplinary hearings. These staff members also assist students in accessing campus and local community resources.
Director of Dining Services
Designee of the Chancellor that outlines when and where alcoholic beverages can be served in the Dining Services.
Director of the Student Center
Designee of the Chancellor that outlines when and where alcoholic beverages can be served in the Student Center.
A nonacademic misconduct hearing committee that is comprised of at least three campus community members (faculty, staff, or students). Members are trained to conduct a student hearing in accordance with UWS 17.12.
Faculty and staff members trained to conduct student hearing in accordance with UWS 17.12.
Employees responsible for the onboarding of University employees and assists in addressing policy violations committed by employees. These employees also assist University employees in accessing the Employee Assistance Program and additional community resources.
Law Enforcement Officers
Document and cite individuals that violate local, state, and federal laws. Local law enforcement departments share reports involving University students with the University of Wisconsin Platteville Police Department and Dean of Students Office.
Residence Life Staff
Employees working the University of Wisconsin Platteville residence hall that provide oversight to on campus housing. Residence Life Staff is responsible for documenting and adjudicating policy violations that occur within the residence halls.
Licensed counselors the serve the mental health needs of UW-Platteville students. Additionally, these staff members assist students in in identifying and accessing additional local community treatment options.
Dean of Students
Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services
A PDF of this policy is located here: AlcoholandOtherDrugPolicies09.07.21.pdf
United States Sentencing Commission - 2018 Guidelines Manual
July 2014 - Originally approved
July 2016 and August 2019 – Minor updates
August 2021 - Revised to incorporate alcohol service at events information