Policy on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs
Viterbo University is committed to providing a safe and healthy learning environment free of illicit drugs and the unlawful use or abuse of alcohol. The university recognizes that the use or consumption of alcohol, tobacco products, and other drugs can adversely impact academic achievement, personal development, health, and safety. Individuals who violate university policy, local, state, or federal regulations are subject to arrest and/or disciplinary sanctions including, but not limited to, required assessment, treatment, restrictions, or expulsion.
Smoking and Tobacco Policy
Viterbo University is a smoke and tobacco free campus. Viterbo University helps ensure a healthy campus environment by prohibiting the use, sale, advertisement, and distribution of smoking and tobacco products including, but not limited to cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, e-cigarettes, etc. Smoking and tobacco products are prohibited in university facilities, on university grounds, on sidewalks on and adjacent to university property, in university parking lots, at university-sponsored events, and in university vehicles. Policy violations may be reported in writing to campus safety, the Fine Arts Center staff, human resources, or residence life. Persons violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action.
Students and employees interested in smoking cessation are encouraged to contact Wisconsin Quit Line at 1-800-QUIT NOW or www.ctri.wisc.edu/quitline2.html. The Wisconsin Quit Line is available 24/7 and provides free medications, live coaching, and Web forums. Viterbo health services is also available for assistance. 608-796-3806.
Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs
The Viterbo University Code of Student Conduct includes the following as proscribed (prohibited) behaviors:
- Use, possession, sale, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages, marijuana, heroin, narcotics, tobacco products, prescribed drugs, or other un-prescribed controlled substances.
- Alcohol and/or other drug intoxication regardless of age. Indicators of alcohol and/or other drug intoxication may be blood/breath alcohol concentration above the legal limit of 0.08, bloodshot or glassy eyes, blurred vision, confusion, chills or sweating, irrational conversation, mood swings, rapid eye movement, slurred speech, strong odor of alcohol, or other drugs, unsteady walk or gait, or other actions that signify poor judgment.
- Inability to exercise care for one’s own safety and/or the safety of others due to intoxication.
- Behavior that encourages or contributes to excessive alcohol consumption by any student.
- Alcoholic beverages may not, in any circumstances, be used by, possessed by, or distributed to any person under 21 years of age.
- In on-campus housing facilities, alcoholic beverages are permitted only when all occupants of an apartment are 21 or older and when all present are age 21 or older.
- Cigarettes may be possessed, but not smoked on university property. E-cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and other tobacco products are not permitted on university property.
- Prescription drugs are permitted on university property only for use by the person to whom the prescription is written.
- Violation of any federal (U.S.), state (Wisconsin), or local law (City of La Crosse or La Crosse County). When off-campus incidents come to the attention of university officials, the officials may follow up with disciplinary action.
- Use, sale, advertisement, or distribution of tobacco products (i.e., cigarettes, chewing tobacco, cigars, etc.) in university facilities, on university grounds, at university events, and in university fleet vehicle.
These stipulations are also university policy:
- Serving alcohol to an individual who has not reached 21 years of age is prohibited on Viterbo property and at university-sponsored events.
- Moderate amounts of alcohol are permitted and may be consumed in the privacy of on-campus apartments and theme houses when all occupants and/or guests present in the room are 21 years of age or older. In such cases, the doors should be closed and all other policies governing noise and other common courtesies must be followed.
- Individuals and groups are responsible for and will be held accountable for their choices and behaviors related to alcohol and other drugs. If an individual or group exhibits alcohol and/or drug intoxication and unruly behavior, the individual and/or group may be sanctioned for both the intoxication and the disruptive behavior.
- When off-campus incidents come to the attention of university officials, the officials may follow up with disciplinary action. This may occur following parties, study abroad, travel for university-sponsored events, team travel, etc.
- All occupants of a residence hall room or apartment are subject to disciplinary action if a guest or someone in the unit is violating alcohol, tobacco, and other drug policies.
- Alcohol, controlled substances, and/or related paraphernalia are not permitted in the corridors, stairwells, or floor lounges of any campus facility.
- Alcohol, controlled substances, and/or related paraphernalia are not permitted in these facilities: Bonaventure Hall, Marian Hall, the Hawk’s Nest, or the Student Union.
- No large quantities of alcohol will be permitted in university housing facilities or on travel associated with the university. Providing alcohol to others puts the community and its members at risk.
- Common source containers of alcohol (i.e., punch bowls, trashcans, water coolers, etc.) and/or containers holding more than 1.75 liters of alcohol whether empty or full, tapped or untapped (i.e., beer balls, kegs, party balls, pony kegs, etc.) are not permitted on university property, at university-sponsored events, or on travel associated with the university. Jell-O shots containing alcohol, pre-mixed punches, spiked punch, “garbage can punch,” and other mixtures are considered to be excessive and are prohibited on university property, at university-sponsored events or on travel associated with the university regardless of alcohol content.
- Drinking games and other activities which promote excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited on university property, at university-sponsored events, and on travel associated with the university. Any paraphernalia associated with such activities, including but not limited to beer pong tables, funnels, and shot glasses may be confiscated and not returned.
- Display of beer cans, wine and liquor bottles, and/or other alcohol or drug paraphernalia is prohibited on university property.
- The possession or use of alcohol paraphernalia, tobacco paraphernalia, or drug paraphernalia is prohibited in campus housing. For the purpose of this policy, paraphernalia is defined as items typically used to dispense alcohol, or to dispense or ingest tobacco or illegal drugs (i.e., bongs/funnels, e-cigarettes, hookahs, kegs, pipes, hookah pens, roach clips, shot glasses, etc.).
- Any person found in violation of these policies will have alcohol and/or drugs and related paraphernalia confiscated. Such confiscated items will not be returned.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at events planned for students and/or students’ families (such as athletic team banquets, club parties/dances, receptions associated with student art shows and/or student recitals, and events planned for adult learning, graduate, and/or non-traditional students, etc.) unless approved by the Director of the Fine Arts Center and/or the Vice President for Student Development. Use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at all other university-sponsored events unless approved by the president.
- The service and/or sale of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on university premises or at university-sponsored functions during the working day from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
- University employees may not store alcohol in offices or use alcoholic beverages on university property.
- Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at university-sponsored athletic events on and off campus.
- Alcohol or other drug impaired driving on university property is strictly prohibited and may result in disciplinary action.
- Drivers or passengers in university fleet vehicles or vehicles rented/utilized for university travel may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
- Grain alcohol (also known as ethanol or ethyl alcohol) is prohibited on university property, at university-sponsored events, or on travel associated with the university except when used in a supervised classroom laboratory.
- On-campus advertisements that indicate alcohol as the primary focus of the event are not permitted.
- Viterbo campus safety personnel may request that the La Crosse Police Department perform a voluntary breathalyzer test of: (a) individuals who are visibly intoxicated to help assess the need for medical treatment, and (b) individuals to demonstrate that they have not been drinking. Persons may request the breathalyzer test to demonstrate that they have not been drinking. When a breathalyzer is requested by campus safety, persons have the right to refuse it. Individuals may not refuse being transported to the hospital when incapacitated. At Viterbo, breathalyzers are used only by members of the La Crosse Police Department.
Application for Service of Alcoholic Beverages at Events Planned for Students and/or Students’ Families
- To serve alcoholic beverages at a university-sponsored event planned for Viterbo students or with Viterbo students in attendance, one must complete an application. Examples of such events are: athletic team banquets, club parties/dances, receptions associated with student art shows and/or student recitals, and events planned for adult learning, graduate, and/or non-traditional students, etc.
- Only Viterbo students who are members of a registered Viterbo student organization or Viterbo employees may apply for service of alcoholic beverages at an event planned for Viterbo students and/or students’ families.
- Completion of the application is required at least two weeks in advance of the event.
- Upon completion, the application will be approved or denied by the Director of the Fine Arts Center or the Vice President for Student Development.
- The applicant will agree to abide by the following stipulations when completing the application form:
- Alcohol is not the main focus of the event.
- The majority of those present at the event will be 21 years of age or older.
- The event will be no longer than three hours in duration.
- No alcoholic beverages will be served during the last half hour of the event.
- One full-time staff or faculty member will be present for the duration of the event.
- There will be no reference to the availability of alcohol in invitations to or advertisement of the event.
- Alcoholic beverages and servers at on-campus events will be supplied by Aramark or the current food service provider. Service of alcoholic beverages at Viterbo University-sponsored events held off campus and attended by students is permitted only at banquet facilities with licensed servers.
- Student consumption of alcoholic beverages for on-campus events will be monitored with an ID check by the licensed servers provided through Aramark or the current food service provider. Said monitoring will be provided by the banquet facilities’ licensed servers at university-sponsored events held off campus. (The event planner must inform banquet facility personnel of this monitoring responsibility when negotiating facility arrangements or contract.)
- The only alcoholic beverages that will be served at the event are beer and wine.
- Sufficient quantities of non-alcoholic beverages must be available.
- Sufficient quantities of food must be served.
- Violations of university policy including the Viterbo University Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs Policy, the Code of Student Conduct, and/or local, state, or federal law may result in disciplinary action.
- Series performances (such as the Bright Star and NexStar) with refreshments available for sale in the Fine Arts Center Lobby are exempt from this policy. Departmental events with only a few students present are exempt from this policy.
- Alcoholic beverages will not be served to students at events occurring when traveling out of the country.
Student-athletes are responsible for adherence to policy outlined in the Code of Student Conduct; the Viterbo University Policy on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; local, state, and federal regulations; and standards imposed by the coach. In addition, all Viterbo student-athletes regardless of age are required:
- to refrain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages for 48 hours prior to any university-sponsored competitive event.
- to report their own on- and off-campus alcohol or drug violations to the team coach and the Director of Athletics.
Typically, these sanctions are imposed by the team coach and the Director of Athletics in addition to the sanctions imposed by university personnel responsible for the enforcement of the Code of Student Conduct. These sanctions may carry forward to the following year.
- First Violation – Suspended 10 percent of team’s NAIA allowable contests or dates.
- Second Violation – Suspended an additional 20 percent of team’s NAIA allowable contests or dates.
- Third Violation – Suspended one calendar year of athletics competition.
- Fourth Violation – Permanently suspended from all further athletic participation at Viterbo University.
Medical Emergencies: Alcohol and drug consumption can result in a medical emergency. Students and staff should request help with such an emergency immediately by visiting a hospital emergency room or by contacting 911, campus security, health services, or a member of the residence life staff.
Good Samaritan Guidelines: Each member of the campus community is encouraged to immediately seek help from a resident assistant, campus security, or a local hospital emergency room for students whose health and well-being may be at risk due to consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. Helping a student in need will always be viewed favorably in any follow up to an incident, including those incidents where the “Good Samaritan” and/or person in need of emergency assistance may have violated university policy.
Self-Help Guidelines: When a student recognizes that she or he has difficulty with substance abuse and agrees to voluntary withdrawal to participate in a comprehensive substance abuse treatment program at his or her own expense, penalties incurred for disruptive behavior resulting from the use of alcohol or a controlled substance may be waived.
Viterbo University Sanctions: Disciplinary sanctions for violation of university regulations may include warning, disciplinary probation, discretionary or educational assignments, fines, parental notification, referrals, restitution, restrictions or loss of privileges, residence unit suspension, residence unit expulsion, temporary suspension, suspension from the university, or expulsion from the university.
Under federal law, the university may notify the parents of alcohol and drug violations if the student is under the age of 21 at the time of notification.
While the sanction(s) imposed depend upon the severity of the offense and the history of offenses (if any), disciplinary sanctions typically follow this pattern:
- First Offense – $75 fine and a mandatory education program. Parental notification for students under the age of 21 is possible.
- Second Offense – $150 fine, discretionary assignment, payment for and completion of and compliance with a chemical dependency assessment, and/or candidate for residence unit expulsion. Parents may be notified if a student has not yet reached 21 years of age.
- Third Offense – $225 fine, discretionary assignment, payment for and completion of and compliance with a chemical dependency assessment, and/or candidate for residence unit expulsion. Parents may be notified if a student has not yet reached 21 years of age.
Illegal substances including marijuana, prescribed academic performance enhancing drugs, Ritalin, Aderal and the like, cocaine and heroin, hashish and synthetic derivatives are prohibited in university facilities, on university property and/or at university-sponsored events. Any student found responsible for the use or possession of marijuana or other illegal substance may face possible criminal charges. Violations of the drug policy may result in disciplinary action. In addition, the university may require a student who possesses or uses illicit drugs or is found with drug paraphernalia to participate in an approved drug rehabilitation program (at the expense of the student) and to provide the university satisfactory evidence of successful completion of the program and of being drug free.
When it is not possible to determine who within a group of students is responsible for the use, possession, manufacture, sale or distribution of drugs, responsibility for the offense will fall on the occupant in whose room, vehicle or social gathering the violation occurs unless another individual within the group accepts responsibility.
While the sanctions imposed depend upon the severity of the marijuana or other drug offense and the history of offenses (if any), disciplinary measures typically follow this pattern:
- First Offense – a $100 minimum penalty, a mandatory education program, and a warning that another violation may result in suspension or eviction from university housing facilities. Parental/guardian notification is possible.
- Second Offense – a $200 penalty, a mandatory alcohol and drug assessment, compliance with treatment outlined in the assessment (if any), and a warning of probable suspension or eviction from university housing facilities with another violation. Parental/guardian notification is possible.
- Third Offense – $300 penalty and referral to Director of Residence Life for additional penalties which may include suspension or removal from housing facilities. Parental/guardian notification is possible.
Community Sanctions: Viterbo students are subject to sanctions imposed by officials in their local and/or home communities as well as those imposed by the university. Fines typically imposed on those found to be drinking alcoholic beverages under the age of 21 are shown below. Sanctions usually involve payment for and the completion of an alcohol assessment in addition to the prescribed fines.
Underage Possession or Consumption, Underage Attempt or Procurement, Attempt or Entering Tavern, Possession of False ID
First Offense – $250 fine
Second Offense – $407.50 fine
Third Offense – $565 fine
Fourth Offense – $691 fine
Fifth Offense and up –$817 fine
Public Alcohol Consumption – $114 fine
Disorderly Conduct – $177 fine
Selling Alcohol to a Minor – $303 fine
Public Intoxication First Offense – Warning;Second Offense – Citation, $240 fine, and possible assessment;Third Offense – Citation, $542 fine and assessment
Selling Alcohol without License – $1,626 fine
Operating Motor Vehicle while Intoxicated first offense $731 fine and six month revocation, plus $400 alcohol assessment
Unregistered keg in the City of La Crosse – $1,311 fine
The Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Chapter 961, of the Wisconsin Statutes regulates controlled substances and details the penalties for violations. An individual convicted for first-time possession of a controlled substance may receive a sentence of up to $5,000 and one year in prison. A person convicted for manufacturing, delivering, or possessing a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture or deliver may be imprisoned for up to 30 years and be fined up to $100,000.
Federal legal sanctions for other drug violations include imprisonment for up to six years for possession of a small amount including less than 250 grams of marijuana. Possession of more than five grams of cocaine with the intent to deliver may result in the penalty of 10–16 years imprisonment. A life sentence may be the result of conviction of possession of a controlled substance that results in bodily injury or death. Other sanctions for possession of a controlled substance include fines up to $250,000, forfeiture of property, confiscation of property, community service, denial of federal benefits including student loans and financial aid, fines, imprisonment, mandatory assessment, suspension of driver’s license, and/or probation.
The severity of the disciplinary action depends upon the amount and type of controlled substance, the number of previous offenses, and the site and nature of the criminal activity.
Drug-free Workplace Policy Statement
Viterbo University is committed to maintaining a drug-free workplace in compliance with applicable state and federal laws. The unlawful possession, use, distribution, dispensation, sale, or manufacture of controlled substances is prohibited on university premises and at university work sites. Use of alcoholic beverages at university events is prohibited except when approved by the director of the Fine Arts Center, the Vice President for Student Development, or by the President as appropriate.
Employee violation of this policy may be cause for action including, but not limited to, referral to appropriate agency or agencies for evaluation and to determine the appropriate treatment or rehabilitation, participation in a drug rehabilitation program, separation from university duty, termination of employment, and/or referral for prosecution. Participation in a treatment program will not affect future employment or career advancement, nor will participation protect employees from disciplinary action for substandard job performance. Students who violate this policy will be governed by the university’s Code of Student Conduct and subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension, expulsion, and referral for prosecution.
Under the requirements of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, an employee who is convicted of any criminal drug offense must notify his or her supervisor within five days. When notified of an employee conviction for an offense occurring in the workplace by an employee working on a federal grant or contract, the university will inform the granting or contracting federal agency within 10 days.
Resources for Prevention, Treatment and Assistance
- Health Services, 3 Student Development Center, 608-796-3806
- Counseling Services, 4 Student Development Center, 608-796-3808
- 24/7 Crisis Line, Great Rivers 211, 211 or 608-775-4344
- Wisconsin Smoking Quit Line, www.ctri.wisc.edu/quitline2.html, 1-800-784-8669
- AA Intergroup Answering, 217 7th St. S., La Crosse, 608-784-7560
- Coulee Council on Addictions, 921 West Ave. S., La Crosse, 608-784-4177
- Mayo Franciscan Healthcare Behavioral Health, 212 S. 11th St., La Crosse, 608-791-9555
- Gundersen Behavioral Health, 1900 South Ave., La Crosse, 608-775-2287 or 123 16th Ave. S., Onalaska, 608-775-8646
- La Crescent Counseling. 33 S. Walnut, La Crescent, MN, 507-895-6666
Health Risks Associated with Use of Drugs and Alcohol
This is a partial list of drugs and the results of their usage. The evidence is clear that alcohol and drugs are harmful to one’s health and one’s learning environment. Drugs can obstruct learning processes and cause disruption for the user and others. Early diagnosis of and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse is in the best interest of the student and the campus community.
- Is a mind-altering drug because it contains ethanol and the chemical ability to depress the nervous system.
- As a depressant, alcohol affects motor coordination, speech, and vision even at low levels of blood alcohol.
- Great amounts can affect respiration and heart rate. Death may result when blood alcohol exceeds 0.40 percent.
- Prolonged use can lead to alcoholism, malnutrition, cirrhosis, and increased risk of cancer of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, liver, and heart.
- Smoking is addictive and is the cause of bad breath, yellowed fingers, foul smelling clothing, shortness of breath, and decreased athletic performance.
- Smoking is associated with coronary heart disease, stroke, ulcers, respiratory infections, lung cancer (as well as cancer of the larynx, esophagus, pancreas, stomach, and uterine cervix), bronchitis, emphysema, early menopause, and stillborn and premature children.
- Tobacco causes 30 percent of all cancer deaths. One in three smokers will die prematurely from tobacco use.
- Exposure to secondhand smoke causes respiratory diseases in children, including pneumonia, asthma exacerbation, and middle ear infections.
- Smokeless tobacco is the cause of addiction to nicotine, bad breath, unhealthy eating habits, stained teeth, inflamed gums, receding gums leading to tooth loss, tooth decay, frequent sores, and precancerous patches in the mouth.
Marijuana and Hashish
- Marijuana and hashish are harmful to health and impair short-term memory and the comprehension of the user.
- They alter the sense of time and reduce the ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination.
- They increase heart rate and appetite. Users risk chronic bronchitis, lung cancer, paranoia and psychosis.
- Cannabis products are usually inhaled as unfiltered smoke and have more cancer causing agents than tobacco.
Methamphetamine – Meth, Crank, Crystal, and Speed
- Meth is a powerfully addictive central nervous system stimulant.
- Immediate effects may be agitation or violent behavior, insomnia, decreased appetite, irritability, anxiety, nervousness, convulsions, or heart attack.
- Chronic use can cause paranoia, hallucinations, repetitive behavior, and delusions of parasites crawling under skin, psychosis, aggressive behavior, stroke, and death.
Cocaine or Crack
- Cocaine and crack stimulate the central nervous system and are extremely and rapidly addictive.
- They can cause physical and psychological dependency that may lead to dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, and insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia, and seizures.
- They can cause death by disturbing the brain’s ability to control heart functions and respiration.
- Ecstasy is a stimulant and a hallucinogen.
- Side effects include memory or coordination loss, dizziness, fainting, depression, sleep problems, chills or sweating, slurred speech, dehydration, hypertension, loss of control over voluntary body movements, tremors, reduced appetite, kidney failure, heart attack, stroke, seizure, an increase in body temperature.
- Ecstasy use can be fatal, especially when combined with alcohol and other drugs.
Hallucinogens – LSD, PCP, Mescaline, Psilocybin and Peyote
- Interrupt brain messages that control the intellect and keep instincts in check.
- Because the brain’s pain sensors are stopped, hallucinogens may result in self-inflicted injury.
- Large doses can cause convulsions, coma, and death.
- Prolonged users report memory and speech difficulties up to a year after usage.
Inhalants – Gas, Aerosols, Glue, Nitrates, White-Out
- Use of inhalants is a very high risk activity.
- Permanent brain, liver, and kidney damage, bronchitis, heart arrhythmia, seizures, coma, and death can occur even with the first usage.
- Drugs such as morphine, codeine, or heroin, are very addictive. Their usage leads to loss of appetite, extreme drowsiness, mental impairment, and slowing of reflexes.
- An overdose of narcotics may lead to convulsions, coma, or death.
- Steroids are injected or taken orally. Some common names of steroids are testosterone, nandrolone and oxymetholone.
- Use of steroids is associated with liver disease, cancer, growth problems, bone fusion, sexual dysfunction, and aggressive behavior.
Stimulants and Amphetamine
- Stimulants and amphetamines can have the same effect as cocaine and cause increased heart rate and blood pressure that can result in a stroke or heart failure.
- Symptoms include dizziness, sleeplessness, and anxiety.
- Use can also lead to psychosis, hallucinations, paranoia, and even physical collapse.