University of Wisconsin–Madison

University of Wisconsin–Madison: Drug-Free School and Communities Act of 1989

Students:

Standards of Conduct: In a good faith effort to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the University of Wisconsin System and the UW-Madison prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs (“controlled substances” as defined in Ch. 161, Wis. Stat.), in accordance with s. UWS 1810, Wis. Adm. Code, by students on University property or as part of University activities. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is also prohibited on University premises unless expressly permitted by the chief administrative officer or under institutional regulations, in accordance s. UWS 18.06 (13) (b), Wis. Adm. Code. Without exception, alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions under s. UWS 18.06 (13) (b), Wis. Adm. Code.

Drug or Alcohol Counseling, Treatment, or Rehabilitation/Re-Entry Programs are available at Mental Health Services and drug assessment treatment plans.

Sanctions:

UW-Madison will impose disciplinary sanctions on students and employees for violations of the code of conduct. Learn more about these sanctions.

Consequences of Student Alcohol Misuse at UW-Madison

Depending on factors such as the student’s behavior, level of impairment and degree of disruption to him/herself or others, a student may experience one or more of the following sanctions as a result of consuming alcohol:

Badger Alcohol Check

In fall 2007, the Division of Student Life launched a program intended to curb students’ excessive drinking at Badger football games. “Badger Alcohol Check” requires all students with a prior ejection or citation at a home football game to blow into a portable Breathalyzer test before a game to prove their sobriety before being admitted. Underage students must blow a 0.00 for admittance, while students of legal drinking age need to blow below the legal limit of 0.08. This programs continues to reduce inappropriate behavior at UW football games.

BASICS

Click here to learn more about BASICS.

Conduct Violations

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards in the Division of Student Life administers the disciplinary process outlined in Chapter 17 of the UW System Administrative Code, and applies to the behavior of a university student, whether on or off campus. The office also offers assistance to students who need advocacy or referrals to services on or off campus. The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards staff talk with several hundred students each year about alcohol use or abuse, as well as the behaviors that often accompany irresponsible alcohol consumption.

If a student is arrested or cited for possession of alcohol or is found to have consumed alcohol in an illegal, unsafe and/or irresponsible manner — particularly on university property —it may be a violation of the University of Wisconsin System Administrative Code, and may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Students who harass, intimidate, or assault another student while using alcohol may also be referred to Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards for violating the Administrative Code.

While one violation of this nature may result in a warning or reprimand, multiple violations or first violations with other dangerous behavior could result in disciplinary probation, suspension or expulsion from the university or dismissal from University Housing. These more serious disciplinary sanctions are recorded on a student’s transcript and can be viewed by potential graduate programs or employers. The Division of Student Life wants all students to have a Wisconsin Experience that is free from the negative impacts of alcohol and will take all appropriate actions to address alcohol misuse.

Detox Transport for Alcohol Incapacitation

Excessive alcohol use can lead to serious medical consequences, including injuries from falls and traffic accidents, frostbite and hypothermia, and death from alcohol poisoning. When UW Police or Madison Police officers encounter a student who is nonresponsive, disoriented and unable to answer simple questions or otherwise determined to pose a risk to himself or herself, the officers may transport the student to a detoxification facility or hospital emergency room for medical monitoring. The minimum length of stay in the detox facility is 12 hours.

In general, students who are transported to detox or a hospital have a high blood alcohol concentration (BAC); however, transport judgments are made based on factors such as level of responsiveness, regardless of BAC.

The following numbers represent students taken by Madison Police or UW Police to a local detox facility or emergency room, due to alcohol intoxication. The last five academic year totals are below, starting with 2016-17.

2016-17: 110
2015-16: 168
2014-15: 142
2013-14: 150

Students will be billed $514 (fall 2013) for each transport to the detox facility. Students are responsible for emergency room charges.

When the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards is notified that a student was transported for alcohol incapacitation, we will reach out to that student to encourage him or her to meet with our office, identify resources for support include the BASICS program, and alert them to the non-academic misconduct process. We encourage students to quickly enroll in BASICS following a Detox transport in order to identify strategies to reduce the future risks from their choices involving alcohol.

Legal Consequences

Citations for underage drinking, possession of a fake ID, and other alcohol-related violations may be issued by the University of Wisconsin Police Department (UWPD) or the City of Madison Police Department (MPD). In both cases, they have the full force of law and are not just “disciplinary reminders” that will disappear upon graduation. Fines must be paid and court-ordered sanctions must be fulfilled.

Both the University Police and the City of Madison notify the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards of any students who receive alcohol-related citations from the Madison Police Department.

Be aware that alcohol is often a contributing factor in other crimes, including vandalism, disorderly conduct, robbery, assault and battery, driving while intoxicated, and sexual assault. Reduce your chances of becoming a perpetrator or victim of such crimes by using alcohol in a moderate and responsible manner.

State: The laws of Wisconsin prohibit drug possession and delivery through the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Wis. Stat. 161, and mandate stiff penalties that include up to 15 years of prison and fines up to $500,000. A person with a first-time conviction of possession of a controlled substance can be sentenced up to one year of prison and fined up to $5,000, Wis. Stat. 161.41 (2r) (b). 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. 161.41.) 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. 161.46 (1).

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/her premises, Wis. Stat.125.07 (1) (a) (1). Violation of this statute can result in a $500 dollar fine. It is against the law for an underage person to attempt to buy an alcoholic beverage, falsely represent his/her age, or enter a licensed premises. Violators of this law can be fined $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver’s license suspended, Wis. Stat. 125.07(4) (3). Harsher penalties exist for the retailers of alcoholic beverages who violate it, including up to 90 days in jail and revocation of their retail liquor permit.

Federal: The federal government has recently revised the penalties against drug possession and trafficking through its Federal Sentencing Guidelines. These guidelines reduce the discretion that federal judges may use in sentencing offenders of federal drug statutes. Under these guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to six years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams 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. Possession of more than 5 grams of cocaine can trigger an intent to distribute penalty of 10-16 years in prison, U.S.S.G, s. 2D2.1 (b) (1).

University: Discipline: Students who violate UWS 17 may be subject to disciplinary sanctions as described here.

Health risks: Drugs are a hidden habit, but they have visible effects on the user. Whether the drug of choice is alcohol, marijuana, a prescription drug or cocaine, the habit can lead to a change in personal or study habits, too. Some people may believe that drugs are harmless or even helpful. The truth is that drugs can have very serious, long-term physical and emotional health effects. And if drugs are mixed, the impact is even more detrimental. The following is a partial list of common drugs and some of the consequences of their use. Only some of the known health risks are covered, and not all legal or illegal drugs are included:

Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance. It can lead to poor judgment and coordination, drowsiness and mood swings, liver damage and heart disease.

Marijuana is an addictive drug, although many still believe that it is harmless. It can cause short-term memory impairment, slowed reaction time, lung disease and infertility.
While cocaine and crack can speed up performance, their effect is short-lived. More lasting risks are short attention span, irritability and depression, seizure and heart attack.

Prescription drugs are often used to reduce stress. However, they are not safe either, unless they are taken as directed. If abused, they can lead to sluggishness or hyperactivity, impaired reflexes, addiction and brain damage.

Other drugs, such as PCP, LSD, heroin, mescaline and morphine, have a wide variety of negative health effects – from hallucinations and mental confusion to convulsions and death.

Resources and Treatment: Students who have problems with alcohol or controlled substances are encouraged to contact the Division of Student Life, located at 70 Bascom Hall, (608) 263-5700, dean@studentlife.wisc.edu, for assistance. On the web at http://students.wiscweb.wisc.edu/.

An additional resource is the alcohol and other drug assessment provided by University Heath Services.

Summary: All students are strongly encouraged to help make the University a drug-free place to live and learn. You can do this by learning about substance abuse (its dangers and warning signs), encouraging others to avoid substance abuse, and getting help if you need it – either for yourself or for someone you are concerned about. View the full report.

Standards of Conduct:

In a good faith effort to comply with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989, the University of Wisconsin System and the UW–Madison prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs (“controlled substances” as defined in Ch. 961, formerly Ch. 161, Wis. Stat.), in accordance with s. UWS 18.10, Wis. Adm. Code, by employees on university property or as part of university activities. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is also 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 18.06 (13)(b), Wis. Adm. Code. Without exception, alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions under s. UWS 18.06 (13)(b), Wis. Adm. Code.

Legal Sanctions:

The laws of Wisconsin prohibit drug possession and delivery through the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Wis. Stat. 961, and mandate stiff penalties that include up to 15 years of prison and fines up to $500,000. A person with a first-time conviction of possession of a controlled substance can be sentenced up to one year of prison and fined up to $5,000, Wis. Stat. 961.41 (3g)(a). 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.) 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(1).

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/her premises, Wis. Stat. 125.07(1)(a)(1). Violation of this statute can result in a $500 dollar fine. It is against the law for an underage person to attempt to buy an alcoholic beverage, falsely represent his/her age, or enter a licensed premises. Violators of this law can be fined $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver’s license suspended, Wis. Stat. 125.07(4)(3). Harsher penalties exist for the retailers of alcoholic beverages who violate it, including up to 90 days in jail and revocation of their retail liquor permit.

The federal government has recently revised the penalties against drug possession and trafficking through its Federal Sentencing Guidelines. These guidelines reduce the discretion that federal judges may use in sentencing offenders of federal drug statutes. Under these guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to six years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams 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. Possession of more than 5 grams of cocaine can trigger an intent to distribute penalty of 10–16 years in prison, USSG, s. 2D2.1(b)(1).

Health risks:

Drugs at work are a hidden habit, but they have visible effects on the user. Whether the drug of choice is alcohol, marijuana, a prescription drug or cocaine, the habit can lead to a change in work habits, too. Some people may believe that drugs are harmless or even helpful. The truth is that drugs can have very serious, long-term physical and emotional health effects. And if drugs are mixed, the impact is even more detrimental. The following is a partial list of drugs often found in the work place and some of the consequences of their use. Only some of the known health risks are covered, and not all legal or illegal drugs are included:

  • Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance in the work place. It can lead to poor judgment and coordination, drowsiness and mood swings, liver damage and heart disease.
  • Marijuana is an addictive drug, although many still believe that it is harmless. It can cause short-term memory impairment, slowed reaction time, lung disease and infertility.
  • While cocaine and crack can speed up performance, their effect is short-lived. More lasting risks are short attention span, irritability and depression, seizure and heart attack.
  • Prescription drugs are often used to reduce stress. However, they are not safe either, unless they are taken as directed. If abused, they can lead to sluggishness or hyperactivity, impaired reflexes, addiction and brain damage.
  • Other drugs, such as PCP, LSD, heroin, mescaline and morphine, have a wide variety of negative health effects — from hallucinations and mental confusion to convulsions and death.

Employee Assistance:

Employees who have problems with alcohol or controlled substances are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Office for referral to counseling or treatment programs. Contacts with Employee Assistance are confidential within limits.

The University recognizes that personal or work-related difficulties may seriously affect our employees’ lives at any time. Sometimes people need help. Most difficulties do not go away by ignoring them or denying that there is a problem. Asking for help can be the first step toward making changes that will get your life back in balance. The Employee Assistance Office has a comprehensive range of resources we can link you with, from online screening tools, to information resources, to campus, and community services. Learn more about resources available to employees.

The UW–Madison Employee Assistance Office is located at 610 Langdon Street, Room 226 of the Lowell Center. The office can be contacted at:

Telephone: (608) 263-2987
Fax: (608) 265-3398
TDD: (608) 265-8460

Discipline:

University employees will be subject to disciplinary sanctions, up to and including termination from employment, for violation of these provisions occurring on University property or the work site or during work time. In addition to discipline, or in lieu of it, employees may be referred to appropriate counseling or treatment programs. 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 academic staff policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Referral for prosecution under criminal law is also possible. Further, violations of ss. UWS 1806 (13) and 18.10, Wis. Adm. Code may result in additional penalties as allowed under Ch. UWS 18, Wis. Adm. Code.

Employees convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the work place must notify their dean, director or department chair within five days of the conviction if they are employed by the university at the time of the conviction.

Summary:

All employees, faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to help make the University a drug-free work place. You can do this by learning about substance abuse (its dangers and warning signs), encouraging others to avoid substance abuse, and getting help if you need it — either for yourself or for someone you are concerned about.