UW-W Policy on Illicit Drugs and Alcohol

The University of Wisconsin System and University of Wisconsin-Whitewater prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on university property or as part of university activities.

The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on university premises, except in faculty and staff housing and as expressly permitted by the Chancellor or under institutional regulations, in accordance with s. UWS 18.06(13)(a), Wis. Adm. Code. Without exception, alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions under s. UWS 18.06(13)(b), Wis. Adm. Code.

The unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs ("controlled substances" as defined in ch. 161, Wis. Stats.,) is prohibited in accordance with s. UWS 18.10, Wis. Adm. Code.

Violation of these provisions by a student may lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion under s. UWS 17.06(1)(c), Wis. Adm. Code. University employees are also subject to disciplinary sanctions for violation of these provisions occurring on university property or the worksite or during work time, up to and including termination from employment. 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 18.06(13) and 18.10, Wis. Adm. Code may result in additional penalties as allowed under ch. UWS 18, Wis. Adm. Code.

Employees who are convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must notify their supervisor (dean, director or department chair) within 5 days of the conviction if the employees are employed by the university at the time of the conviction. Supervisors of employees who are being paid from federal funds must then notify the Dean of Graduate Studies within 5 days of the conviction. The dean, in turn, will notify both the federal contracting or granting agency and the appropriate university office within 5 days after receiving notice from the supervisor. The university will take appropriate referral or disciplinary action within 30 days of the employee notifying the supervisor.

Students and employees who have problems with alcohol or controlled substances are encouraged to voluntarily contact the Student/Employee Assistance Program (S/EAP) Coordinator for referral to counseling or treatment programs. Early diagnosis and treatment of chemical abuse is in the best interests of the university, students, and employees. Voluntary contacts with the S/EAP Coordinator may remain confidential. The UW-Whitewater S/EAP Coordinator may be reached at the Health Center, Room 2005 (phone 472-1490). There is also a 24 hour Crisis Line (phone 472-5770).

NOTE: For more information on this subject see: University Handbook, Section I-F, Page 4