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Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus - Policy, Criminal Penalties and Health Risks

Law and University Policies

University policy prohibits unauthorized possession, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages, and other drugs or controlled substances, or their use, possession, or sale of contrary to law. IU Northwest Police enforces compliance with state and federal laws governing alcohol and other drugs. A violation of any law pertaining to alcohol and other drugs is also a violation of the University Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Such violations will be referred to the office of Judicial Affairs and may be subject to additional sanctions.


IU Northwest offers assistance for students with alcohol and/or drug problems. Individual screenings for substance abuse and related problems are available for students through the Student Counseling Center. Referrals to community agencies and counselors providing more intensive treatment are facilitated as warranted. Information about community resources is available at the Counseling Center. University policies pertaining to alcohol and other drugs are outlined in the university's Drug-Free Workplace Policy statement, and in the I.U. Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Statements of policy are contained in the University’s Personnel Policies manual, and notices addressing the U.S. Department of Education Regulations regarding Alcohol and Drug Use (required under Section 120(a)-(d) of the HEA) including available drug or alcohol treatment. These documents are available from the office of the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Services, and the department of Human Resources.

Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus Policy For Students

The following policy applies to all enrolled students at IU Northwest.

  • The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance (usually referred to as illegal drugs listed under the federal Controlled Substances Act) and alcohol is prohibited on University property or in the course of a University activity, and is cause for discipline up to and including expulsion from the University.
  • In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, all students enrolled in the University are required: 1) to abide by the prohibition contained in paragraph 1, above; and 2) to notify the campus Chancellor of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring on University property no later than five days after such conviction.
  • Any student found to be under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance while on University property, or in the course of a University activity, is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.  More specific information about procedures and penalties applied to students' cases of substance abuse can be found in the Indiana University Code of Student Ethics, issued August 15, 1990, Part III, Section B and C and Part IV.
  • Any student whose use of alcohol or of controlled substances away from the University can reasonably be established to be the cause of poor attendance or class performance problems is to be counseled to seek rehabilitation from available University or community resources which is available in both the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Office and the Office of Student Life.
  • When notice of a criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring on University property is received, the campus Chancellor's office will coordinate compliance with the reporting requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988.
  • Any student convicted of a criminal alcohol violation or a violation of the criminal drug statutes occurring on University property is subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
  • The IUN Office of Student Life shall maintain and periodically publish for the campus a list of available University and community resources for alcohol or drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs.  In addition, that department shall provide students information about the dangers of alcohol or drug abuse.
  • This policy covers all students enrolled at IUN, regardless of number of hours enrolled.


Criminal Penalties: Alcohol and Drugs

The following information is about state and federal criminal penalties related to alcohol and drug possession or use. All students are reminded that conviction under state and federal laws that prohibit alcohol-related and drug-related conduct can result in fines, confiscation of automobiles and other property, and imprisonment. In addition, licenses to practice in certain professions may be revoked, and many employment opportunities may be barred. It is impractical to list all the alcohol and drug-related state and federal crimes and penalties. But all persons should be aware that in Indiana any person under 21 who possesses an alcohol beverage, and any person who provides alcohol to such person, is at risk of arrest. Any person who is intoxicated in public risks arrest. A person convicted of driving while intoxicated may be punished by fine, be jailed, and lose the license to drive an automobile. Any selling of alcoholic beverages without a license is illegal.

Possession, use, distribution, or manufacture of controlled substances (drugs) illegally can result in arrest and conviction of a drug law violation and:

  • fines up to $10,000 (Indiana)
  • fines up to & $250,000 (Federal)
  • imprisonment up to 50 years (Indiana)
  • imprisonment up to life (Federal) and confiscation of property

Health Risks Associated with Alcohol and Controlled Substances (Drugs)

All persons should be aware of the health risks caused by the use of alcohol, and by the illegal use of controlled substances (drugs).

  • Consumption of more than two average servings of alcohol in several hours can impair coordination and reasoning and make driving unsafe.
  • Consumption of alcohol by a pregnant woman can damage the unborn child. A pregnant woman should consult her physician about this risk.
  • Regular and heavy alcohol consumption can cause serious damage to liver, nervous and circulatory systems, mental disorders, and other health problems.
  • Drinking large amounts of alcohol in a short time may quickly produce unconsciousness, coma, and even death.
  • Use of controlled substances (drugs) can result in damage to health and impairment of physical condition, including: impaired short term memory or comprehension, anxiety, delusions, hallucinations, loss of appetite resulting in a general damage to the user's health over a long term, a drug-dependent newborn if the mother is a drug user during pregnancy (Pregnant women who use alcohol, drugs, or who smoke should consult their physicians.), AIDS from "needle sharing" among drug users, and death from overdose.
The health risks associated with drugs or excessive use of alcohol are many and are different for different drugs. But, all non-prescription use of drugs, and excessive use of alcohol, endangers your health.

There are no good reasons for using a drug that is not prescribed by your doctor or for drinking to excess.