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Viterbo University Policy on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Policy Introduction

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, 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.

Policies on Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs

Policy on Alcohol and Other Drugs

The Viterbo University Code of Student Conduct includes the following as proscribed (prohibited) behaviors:

  1. Public intoxication or use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution of alcoholic beverages except as expressly permitted by the law and university regulations.
  2. Illegal use, possession, or distribution of alcohol to any person under age 21.
  3. Use, possession, sale, manufacture, or distribution of marijuana, heroin, narcotics, or other controlled substances, except as expressly permitted by law.
  4. Use, sale, advertising, or distribution of tobacco products in university facilities, on university grounds, at university-sponsored events, and in university vehicles except in outdoor areas designated by signage and ashtrays.
  5. Any person found in violation of these policies will have alcohol and/or drugs plus any related paraphernalia confiscated. Such confiscated items will NOT be returned.
  6. Violation of any federal, state, or local law.
  7. 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.
 

These stipulations are also university policy:

  1. 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.
  2. Alcohol is permitted only in residence hall rooms when all room occupants and all individuals present in the unit are 21 years of age or older.
  3. Serving alcohol to an individual who has not reached 21 years of age is prohibited on Viterbo property and at university-sponsored events.
  4. Alcohol, controlled substances, and/or related paraphernalia are not permitted in the corridors, stairwells, or floor lounges of any campus facility.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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:
    1. to refrain from the consumption of alcoholic beverages for 48 hours prior to any university-sponsored competitive event.
    2. To report their own on- and off -campus alcohol or drug violations to the team coach and the director of athletics.
  8. 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:>/li>
    1. First violation – suspended 10 percent of team’s NAIA allowable contests or dates.
    2. Second violation – suspended an additional 20 percent of team’s NAIA allowable contests or dates.
    3. Third violation – suspended one calendar year of athletics competition.
    4. Fourth violation – permanently suspended from all further athletic participation at Viterbo University.
  9. 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 or ingest alcohol, tobacco, or illegal drugs (i.e., bongs/funnels, hookahs, kegs, roach clips, shot glasses, etc.).
  10. On-campus advertisements that indicate alcohol as the primary focus of an event are not permitted.
  11. 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.
  12. University employees may not store alcohol in offices or use alcoholic beverages on university property. Use of alcoholic beverages is prohibited except at university-sponsored events approved by the president.
  13. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at student, club, or team events occurring on or off campus unless approved by the vice president for student development. Recognized student organizations, teams, etc., must apply to the vice president for student development for service of alcoholic beverages. The service of alcoholic beverages may be approved by the vice president for student development when:
    1. Alcohol is not the main focus of the event.
    2. The event is deemed consistent with the mission of the university and applicable laws and policies.
    3. Service of alcoholic beverages will not jeopardize health and safety.
    4. It can be shown in advance of the event that the majority of the students in attendance will be 21 years of age or older. Applications must be made to the vice president for student development and must be submitted at least 10 days in advance of the activity.

Student groups approved by the vice president for student development to serve alcoholic beverages must adhere to local, state, and federal laws. The local, state, and federal regulations related to alcohol and drugs include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. It is unlawful for persons under 21 years of age to possess, purchase, attempt to purchase, or consume an alcoholic beverage, except in special circumstances or when accompanied by a parent, spouse, or guardian of legal drinking age.
  2. The misrepresentation of one’s age for the purpose of purchasing or consuming alcoholic beverages or for the purpose of entering a licensed premise is forbidden.
  3.  It is unlawful to operate a motor vehicle when impaired by alcohol or other drugs.
  4. The law prohibits the knowing, intentional, and unauthorized possession, furnishing, manufacture, and trafficking of scheduled controlled substances, such as cocaine, marijuana, LSD, heroin, and steroids.
  5. Without a liquor license, it is unlawful to sell or accept payment for alcohol.
  6. It is unlawful to sell alcohol to an intoxicated person.
  7. It is illegal for an underage person to be in a bar or on licensed premises except when the underage person is a  resident or employee during work hours at such premises or when the licensed activity is supplemental to the principle business

Tobacco Policy

Viterbo University works to help ensure a healthy campus environment by prohibiting the use, sale, advertisement, and  distribution of tobacco products in university facilities, on university grounds, at university-sponsored events, and in university vehicles. The use of tobacco products is restricted to smoking which is permitted only in designated outdoor areas on campus. Effective July 1, 2008, smoking on Viterbo University property will be further restricted to these outdoor areas:

  1. Area designated by signage between the Fine Arts Center and Brophy Nursing Center.
  2. Area designated by signage outside the Student Union on the ground level near the southwest corner of Franciscan Way and Market Street.
  3. V-Hawk Outdoor Athletics Complex – east side of the parking lot near lot extension.

This policy is primarily peer enforced. Campus community members are asked to tactfully remind others to smoke only in designated areas. Persons violating this policy may be subject to disciplinary action. Students and employees who would like to quit smoking should contact health services for guidance, nicotine patches, or smoking cessation kits.

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.

Sanctions

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 measures typically follow this pattern:

  1. First offense – $75 fine and a mandatory education program. Parental notification for students under the age of 21 is possible.
  2. Second offense – $150 fine; discretionary assignment; payment for, 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.
  3. Third offense – $225 fine; discretionary assignment; payment for, 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.

Community Sanctions

Viterbo students are subject to sanctions imposed by the 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

  • First offense – $227 fine
  • Second offense – $384.50 fine
  • Third offense: $$542 fine
  • Fourth offense: $668 fine
  • Fifth offense: $794 fine

Underage Attempt or Procurement, Attempt or Entering a Tavern

  • First offense: $227 fine
  • Second offense: $384.50 fine
  • Third offense: $542 fine
  • Fourth offense: $668 fine
  • Fifth offense: $794 fine

Other Penalties

  • False identification: $227 fine
  • Public alcohol consumption : $101 fine
  • Disorderly conduct : $164 fine
  • Selling alcohol to a minor: $290 fine
  • Public intoxication:
    First offense: warning
    Second offense: citation, $227 fine, and possible assessment
    Third offense: $542
  • Selling alcohol without license: $1,613 fine
  • First offense operating motor vehicle while intoxicated: $718 fine and six month revocation plus $400 assessment
  • Illegal alcohol service from an un-registered keg in the city of La Crosse: $1,298 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

Federal Legal Sanctions for other drug violations include imprisonment for up to six (6) years for possession of a small amount including less than 250 grams of marijuana. Possession of more than five (5) grams of cocaine with the intent to deliver may result in the penalty of 10 to 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 President.

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

Viterbo University Resources

  • Health Services, 3 Student Development Center, 608-796-3806
  • Counseling Services, 4 Student Development Center, 608-796-3808

Community Resources

  • Confidential 24/7 Crisis and Referral, 211 or 608-775-4344
  • Smoking Quit Line, 1-877-270-7867
  • AA Intergroup Answering Service, 217 7th St. S., La Crosse 608-784-7560
  • Coulee Council on Addictions, 921 West Ave. S., La Crosse 608-784-4177
  • Drop-In Center, 921 West Ave. S., La Crosse 608-784-4177
  • Franciscan Skemp Healthcare – Behavioral Health Services, 212 S. 11th St., La Crosse 608-791-9555
  • Gundersen Lutheran Behavioral Health, 1900 South Ave., La Crosse, 608-775-2287, 123 16th Ave. S., Onalaska 608-775-8646
  • La Crescent Counseling Clinic, 33 S. Walnut, La Crescent, Minn. 507-895-6666

Helpful websites

 Health Risks Associated with Use of Drugs and Alcohol

This is a partial list of drugs and the results of their use. 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.

Alcohol

  • Alcohol 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 of alcohol 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.

Tobacco

  • 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

  • Are harmful to health and impair short-term memory and the comprehension of the user.
  • Alter the sense of time and reduce the ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination.
  • Increases 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

  • 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, delusions of parasites crawling under skin, psychosis, aggressive behavior, stroke, and death.

Cocaine or Crack

  • Stimulate the central nervous system and are extremely and rapidly addictive.
  • Can cause physical and psychological dependency that may lead to dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, elevated blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, paranoia, and seizures.
  • 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, and 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 use.

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 use.

Narcotics

  • Drugs such as morphine, codeine, or heroin, are very addictive. Their use 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

  • 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 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.

Application for Service of Alcoholic Beverages at Events Attended by Students

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at student, club, or team events occurring on or off campus unless approved by the vice president for student development. Recognized student organizations, teams, etc. must apply to the vice president for student development for service of alcoholic beverages. The service of alcoholic beverages may be approved by the vice president for student development when:

  • Alcohol is not the main focus of the event.
  • The event is deemed consistent with the mission of the university and applicable laws and policies.
  • Service of alcoholic beverages will not jeopardize health and safety.
  • It can be shown in advance of the event that the majority of the students in attendance will be 21 years of age or older.
  • Applications to the vice president for student development must be submitted at least 10 days in advance of the activity.

Student groups approved by the vice president for student development to serve alcoholic beverages must adhere to university policy and the guidelines stipulated in this policy. Viterbo University assumes no responsibility for liability resulting from an individual or organization in violation of these guidelines, university policies, or other applicable laws.

  1. Service of alcoholic beverages at student events may be permitted if:
    1. The event is deemed to be consistent with the mission of the university and applicable laws and policies.
    2. Alcohol is not the main focus of the event.
    3. It can be shown in advance of the event that the majority of the students present at the event will be 21 years of age or older.
  2. Service of alcohol at student events (if any) will be authorized by the vice president for student development.
  3. The use of funds from student activity fees or the university will not be used to pay for or subsidize alcoholic beverages served at special events for students.
  4. 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.
  5. Service of alcoholic beverages is limited to a period of no more than three hours during the event.
  6. All indoor events will end no later than 2 a.m. Outdoor events will end by 10 p.m., in courtesy to students living on campus and persons living in the adjacent community.
  7. A member of the sponsoring organization must meet with the vice president for student development to register the event, file an alcohol service application, and review responsibilities in areas of alcohol services and event management. Failure to do so may result in limits on, postponement, or cancellation of the event.
  8. The sponsoring organization shall be responsible for incorporating planned and deliberate strategies to create an environment that provides a comfortable environment for those who choose not to drink alcoholic beverages, prevents underage drinking, discourages intoxication of those who choose to drink, and establishes intervention protocols for guests impaired by alcohol.
  9. Non-alcoholic beverages and food of a substantial nature must be served throughout the event
  10. A qualified, licensed bartender must provide on-site supervision to all beverage servers. All servers must be 21 years of age or older.
  11. The sponsoring organization will schedule and pay for a minimum of one nonstudent, campus security person for every 100 participants anticipated.
    1. Scheduling and payment will be made through the physical plant director.
    2. Non-student, campus security personnel will hold these responsibilities:
      1. Be present at the door or entry point to the alcohol service area for the duration of the party
      2. Check the identification of every individual entering the alcohol service area.
      3. Ensure that alcoholic beverages are not taken outside of the service area.
      4. Handle disruptive situations or problems occurring in and outside of the event.
      5. Maintain contact with the event chairperson.
      6. Report individuals in violation of the Code of Student Conduct and other concerns to the vice president for student development during or within 24 hours of the event.
  12. University employees who are not students will serve as monitors for the event. The monitors will not serve alcohol and will be responsible for monitoring the event and reporting concerns to campus security and/or the vice president for student development. They must be secured by the sponsoring organization and approved by the vice president for student development in advance of the event.
  13. The minimum charge for alcohol at any special event is to be in parity with pricing at local establishments.
  14. Pricing will be by the individual container. Alcoholic beverages will not be provided for a fixed fee that includes unlimited consumption.
  15. Serving alcoholic beverages free of charge is not permitted.
  16. At events where there will likely be individuals under the age of 21, alcoholic beverages must be consumed in a secure, designated area. The event planners must have an approved system of controlling those entering the designated area to ensure that they are 21 years of age minimum.
    1. For indoor events, the designated area must be separated by walls from all other areas.
    2. For outdoor events, a substantial partition will be used to separate the area designated for the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
    3. The student group sponsoring the event will be responsible for payment for the delivery, rental, and pick up of the equipment and partitions needed.
  17. Alcohol consumed at the event must be provided at a designated area. No other alcoholic beverages may be brought into the event.
    1. Individuals will be served only one alcoholic beverage at a time.
    2.  If identification is checked by persons other than those serving alcohol, the event planners must inform those serving alcohol how they will identify those who are of legal age to purchase alcohol.
    3. Alcoholic beverages must be denied to all individuals who are visibly intoxicated. The server shall inform all other servers to prevent subsequent provision of alcoholic beverages to the intoxicated individual.
    4. Alcoholic beverages will not be used as awards or prizes.
  18. Alcohol containers may not be placed or carried in public areas, such as entrances, restrooms, hallways, or lounges.
  19. The sponsoring organization will be responsible for the payment of any and all damages.
  20. Reporting Procedures: Security personnel, university employees, and event hosts who observe violations to this policy, the alcohol and drug policy or the Code of Student Conduct are expected to report the violations to the vice president for student development. University employees or students who become aware of a  possible violation after the event are expected to file a report with the vice president for student development.
  21. Sanctions: Individuals or student groups violating this or other university policies, local, state, or federal regulations will be subject to sanctions imposed through campus disciplinary procedures and/or local authorities. The vice president for student development or designee may impose sanctions outlined in the Code of Student Conduct and/or these actions:
    1. Discontinue the service of alcoholic beverages at the event.
    2. Terminate the event.
    3. Contact the appropriate police agency.
    4. Remove the organization in violation from approved university club status for a minimum of one year or a maximum of three years.

June 2010