Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

Alcohol Policy 

The following sections describe Mount Union’s policy regarding the sale, service, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages on University property or at University-sponsored events in accordance with federal, state, and local laws.

Basic Guidelines

Students who are 21 years of age or older are permitted to possess and consume alcohol only in University housing per the parameters below. Alcohol may not be possessed*,  served or consumed in any public place on Mount Union’s campus or at any athletic event. Students who are of legal drinking age may not share or provide alcohol to any students, employees, or guests who are under 21 years of age. Those under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol anywhere on University property or at University-sponsored events. Drinking games, and simulated drinking games (e.g. water pong) are prohibited on campus.

Advertisements and promotional materials posted or distributed on campus may not make any direct or implied reference to or depict in any manner alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverage company logos, or symbols, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs, or drug paraphernalia or the use of illicit drugs. Exceptions to this policy may be made for advertisements for educational programs and events; however, these materials must be approved in advance by the associate dean of students or the director of alcohol, drug, and wellness education. No campus activity may be co-sponsored by a bar, liquor establishment, or other alcoholic beverage manufacturer or distributor. Alcohol may not be sold on the Mount Union Campus. 

Residence Hall/University Owned Housing Alcohol Guidelines

Persons who are 21 years of age or older may possess* and consume alcoholic beverages in the residence halls, university apartments and campus houses according to the following standards:

  • Students who are 21 or older may possess* or consume alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their individual student rooms or University apartments. Room/apartment doors must be shut when consumption is occurring.
  • An individual who is of legal drinking age may not consume alcohol in the presence of any one under the age of 21, with the exception of their roommate(s)/apartment mate(s).
  • Alcohol may only be consumed in residence hall or campus house individual rooms. No one shall consume or possess* open containers of any alcoholic beverage in any other area of the residence halls or campus houses (e.g., lounges, hallways, restrooms, laundry rooms, etc.). In townhouses and apartments, students are permitted to drink in their living rooms/kitchens provided no one present is under the age of 21.
  • Kegs of beer, taps, beer balls, and beer funnels are not permitted in or on University of Mount Union property or on the property of organizations affiliated with the University. These items will be confiscated by University officials if discovered on campus.
  • Drinking games or contests involving alcoholic beverages may not be played on University of Mount Union property.

*PLEASE NOTE: The presence of alcohol may be interpreted as possession of alcohol. Students encountered in locations where alcohol is present may be considered to be in violation of the Alcohol Policy, even if they do not have alcohol on their person at the time they are encountered.

Examples of Violations of the University Alcohol Policy

  • Purchasing alcohol by a person under the age of 21;
  • Selling or providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21;
  • Possessing either full or empty alcohol containers by a person under the age of 21;
  • Consuming alcohol by a person under the age of 21;
  • Showing physical or mental impairment following or resulting from alcohol use;
  • Using or possessing common sources of alcohol including, but not limited to kegs, party balls, punch bowls, wine boxes, etc.;
  • Participating in or being present during the occurrence of any drinking game;
  • Possessing an open container of alcohol in a common area including, but not limited to bathrooms, hallways, lounges, elevators, lobbies or outdoor spaces;
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol.

As stated in Section 4 of the Code of Student Conduct, “failure to comply with the reasonable directives of university officials, campus safety and security officers, or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so,” is considered unacceptable behavior for a university student. An example of such behavior includes refusing to submit to a breath test when requested by a police officer, whether on or off-campus, which is considered a violation of the University Code of Student Conduct and may result in conduct sanctions.

Sanctions for alcohol violations are dependent upon a number of factors including, but not limited to: hearing officer discretion, the nature and severity of the incident, a student’s conduct history, and a student’s cooperation throughout the conduct process.

Illegal Drug Policy

The following sections describe the University’s policy regarding the sale, manufacture, distribution, possession*, and use of illegal drugs on or off University property or at University-sponsored events or programs in accordance with federal, state, and local laws. Examples of violations include:

  • Misuse of over-the-counter drugs;
  • Misuse or sharing of prescription drugs;
  • Possessing, using, being under the influence of, distributing, or manufacturing any form of illegal drug;
  • Possessing paraphernalia for intended or implied use of any form of illegal drug;
  • Possessing paraphernalia that contains or appears to contain illegal drug residue;
  • Purchasing or passing illegal drugs from one person to another;
  • Using mail services to purchase, pass, or distribute illegal drugs;

Paraphernalia includes, but is not limited to, bongs, hookahs, water pipes, rolling papers, vapes/vaporizers, and rigs.

This policy provides flexibility for the University in addressing drug-related offenses which occur on- or off-campus. Moreover, it permits the University to address its fundamental mission of holistic education and the development of human potential. While recognizing that there is a need to address violations related to the use or possession of controlled substances, the University must address the education and well-being of all its students and employees. In addition to University imposed sanctions, students and employees are subject to all legal sanctions under federal, state, and local law for any offenses involving illegal drugs on University property or at University activities.

*PLEASE NOTE: The presence of drugs may be interpreted as possession of drugs. Students encountered in locations where drugs are present may be considered to be in violation of the Drug Policy, even if they do not have drugs on their person at the time they are encountered.

Alcohol and Other Drug Procedures for Student Organizations

All student organizations must abide by the following guidelines:

  • All state, local, and University laws and policies concerning the use of alcohol and other drugs must be observed. In addition, all student organizations student must abide by their governing bodies rules and regulations, as well as, policies set forth by their national organizations.
  • In order for alcoholic beverages to be allowed at a student organization event, organizations must comply with the Social Event Risk Management Policies. Compliance with these policies must be coordinated with the Office of Student Involvement & Leadership and approval must be given by this office before the event can occur.
  • If an off-campus activity includes the sale of alcoholic beverages, organizations will be required to use a licensed third-party vendor to manage this sale. 
  • Promotional materials (including, but not limited to, advertisements in any form, t-shirts, cups, or any other item to be displayed, given away or sold before, during, or after an event) shall not make any direct or implied reference to or depict in any manner alcoholic beverages, alcoholic beverage company logos, or symbols, the consumption of alcoholic beverages, drugs or drug paraphernalia, or the use of illicit drugs.
  • No activity may be co-sponsored by a bar, liquor establishment, or other alcoholic beverage manufacturer or distributor. Advertisement for such establishments, manufacturers, or distributers may not occur at any activity.
  • No student organization shall allow alcoholic beverages or drugs to be present at its membership recruitment activities or initiation activities.
  • The officers of the student organization sponsoring the activity are responsible for enforcing the above guidelines and for the behavior of the guests at their events.
  • Drinking games or contests involving alcoholic beverages may not be played at any event sponsored by a University of Mount Union student organization.
  • An individual involved in a violation of alcohol or other drug related policies will be referred for disciplinary action, and may receive any of the sanctions outlined in the student conduct process.
  • If a recognized student organization violates the alcohol or other drug policies, the group will be referred for conduct action. The following minimum sanctions will apply:
    • A two hundred dollar fine and a period of probation for a first offense. Possible conditions of this probation include, but are not limited to, restrictions of activities such as recruitment, sponsoring of social activities, or participation in campus events.
    • Subsequent offenses may result in suspension of the group from campus.
    • Other penalties may be assessed depending upon the nature of the violation.
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