Student Handbook

Alcohol Policy

Alcohol Policy at UW-Whitewater

The alcohol policies on campus have been summarized and collected on this site to make it easier for individuals to familiarize themselves with the rules and guidelines that affect the greatest number of situations.

This list is not exhaustive. Updates or modifications may take place from time to time. For the most up-to-date information, be sure to follow the links back to the current websites of the responsible divisions.

Click on any of the links to view the respective alcohol policies and laws.

University Housing

University Events

Disciplinary Procedures

Tailgating Policy for UWW Athletics

Student Athletic Policy 


All City of Whitewater and State of Wisconsin laws regarding alcohol are fully enforceable on campus. In addition, the City of Whitewater has ordinances that are enforceable on city property. Students should be aware of the applicable laws, which include the following:

  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume any alcoholic beverage(liquor, fermented malt liquor, etc.).
  • It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to procure or attempt to procure any alcoholic beverage. This can include ordering a drink at a bar or attempting to purchase beer at a liquor or convenience store or any other location that sells alcoholic beverages.
  • Possession of false identification or identification that falsely represents the bearer to be of legal drinking age is illegal. Use of the ID is also illegal, and mere possession is a violation. It is illegal even if the ID belongs to an older sibling or other relative or friend. A person possessing a fake ID can be fined more than $500.
  • Supplying alcoholic beverages to an underage person is illegal. This includes purchasing alcohol for an underage person at a tavern or liquor store, giving an alcoholic beverage to an underage person, and providing or selling alcohol to an underage person at a house party.
  • OWI, or operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs or narcotics, applies to use of a moped as well as to a car. No person under the age of 21 may operate a motor vehicle with any trace of alcohol in their system.