Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Many Wartburg College students choose not to drink at all or very infrequently. According to a recent survey, about 1/3. Most of those who do drink, drink moderately. A smaller number of students drink in ways that endanger the safety of themselves and others. Alcohol abuse is the No. 1 factor associated with conduct issues, injuries, and deaths on college campuses. 

State and Local Government Requirements

Wartburg College will enforce all state and local government policies concerning the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

The sale of alcoholic beverages is not permitted by any organization, person, or group on the Wartburg campus.

Only students who have attained the legal drinking age of 21 years of age may possess or consume alcoholic beverages by following federal, state, and local laws as well as Wartburg policy. Clinton Hall and the Centennial Complex are alcohol-free buildings. Under no circumstances is alcohol to be present in these buildings regardless of a resident or guest’s age.

Wartburg College Requirements

As mature members of the college community, Wartburg students are expected to take responsibility for their behavior and respect the rights of others. Public intoxication and abusive or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated. A student may be charged with an alcohol violation for the aforementioned behavior without having alcohol in his or her possession at the time of the incident being documented. Charges that a student has violated the policy may be filed by students, faculty, staff, or administrators and should be submitted to the assistant vice president for student life. The Student Conduct Process will address all violations through either a college administrator or the Student Conduct Board.

Possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on all campus property unless:

A. It is by students 21 years of age or older, who may possess and consume alcohol in their private residence hall room or common suite living-space if all residents of the suite are 21 and no minors are present, if that hall is not prohibited from such activity.

B. It is a college-sanctioned event approved by the president or a vice president. Alcoholic beverages may be transported to and from rooms only in sealed containers. Kegs of beer, large quantities of alcohol that can’t be safely consumed by the owner, or common source containers of alcohol are not allowed on campus.

Organizations that receive budgetary support from the college or organizations that solicit funds for the purpose of college activities are not allowed to use the funds to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Advertising off-campus parties is not allowed on campus. College vehicles may not be used to transport students to or from an off-campus party.

In the event Campus Security officers, Residential Life staff, or Waverly police and/or medical staff must intervene with a student in his/her residence hall room in response to a concern of possible excessive alcohol consumption, leading to further concern of personal safety for that student, the student’s parent or legal guardian may be contacted by the responding college or city personnel.

Violation Descriptions

MINOR VIOLATIONS

Student exhibits any of the following behaviors:

  • Possession or presence of empty, full, or partially full alcohol containers in Clinton Hall or Centennial Complex.
  • Underage possession or consumption of alcohol.
  • Possession of an open container in public/non-designated areas (any age).
  • Promotion of events where alcohol is the primary focus.
  • Display of alcohol-related materials in windows or area outside residence hall rooms.
  • Possession or presence of empty, full, or partially full alcohol containers in underage room or where an underage student is present.
  • Participation in transportation of a keg to campus and/or anywhere on campus (any age).
  • Transportation of alcohol without any attempt to place alcohol in opaque container (any age).

SIGNIFICANT VIOLATIONS
Student exhibits any of the following behaviors due to alcohol consumption:

  • Disorderly conduct.
  • Physical violence.
  • Verbal disruption or abuse.
  • Staggering.
  • Public intoxication, vomiting (but coherent and conscious).
  • Permitting others (students or guests) to use assigned room to violate the alcohol policy.
  • Serving and/or providing alcohol to a person or persons not of legal age.
  • Repeated minor violations.
  • Use of false identifications while on campus to consume alcohol and avoid detection by college staff.
  • Manufacturing false identifications for use by others or self.

SEVERE VIOLATIONS
Student exhibits any of the following behaviors due to alcohol consumption:

  • Vomiting and incoherent.
  • Unconscious.
  • Needing or receiving medical attention (including treatment by EMTs and/or transportation to hospital or “detox”).
  • Loss of bodily functions or memory loss.
  • Possession of a keg or other bulk or common-source container.
  • Supplying or assisting a minor in any way to obtain alcohol (i.e., hosting a party with minors present).
  • Illegal sale of alcohol.
  • Repeated minor or significant alcohol violations.

Consequences

The following consequences may be imposed on a student found in violation of the college’s alcohol policy depending upon the severity or frequency of the offense.

MINOR VIOLATIONS

  • A fine ranging from $50 to $500.
  • Student Life Office notified of violation(s).
  • Meet with Student Life staff member to review alcohol policies.
  • Referral to Alcohol 101 workshop.
  • Letter of warning to parents, coaches, academic or co-curricular adviser.
  • Referral to off-campus alcohol or drug education program.
  • Social probation.
  • Decrease in housing priority or relocation.
  • Participation in an activity to further the participant’s understanding of self and the issues involved, and acceptance of the college’s positions and needs.

SIGNIFICANT OR SEVERE VIOLATIONS

  • A fine ranging from $50 to $500.
  • Meet with Student Life staff member to review alcohol policies.
  • Letter of warning to parents, coaches, academic or co-curricular adviser.
  • Referral to an off-campus alcohol or drug education program and approval by the Director of Counseling Services for continued enrollment.
  • Social probation.
  • Decrease in housing priority or relocation.
  • Participation in an activity to further the participant’s understanding of self and the issues involved, and acceptance of the college’s positions and needs.
  • Suspension.

Explanation of Typical Sanctions

ALCOHOL 101 WORKSHOP
A two-hour education workshop facilitated by a counselor in the Pathways Center.

OFF-CAMPUS DRUG AND ALCOHOL EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Specific risk reduction program provided by a licensed chemical dependency professional. The program includes chemical use self-assessment and the development of strategies to stop or decrease the use of alcohol at the student’s expense.

ALCOHOL AND/OR ORTHER DRUGS FINES
Alcohol fines must be paid to the Business Office by the date specified in a student’s sanction letter. Any unpaid fines will be added to the student’s account and may result in further disciplinary hearing.

$150 fine — In lieu of $100 of the fine, the student may perform 20 hours of community service at a site approved by the assistant vice president for student life or assistant director of residential life. The student must pay the remaining $50 fine.

$200 fine — In lieu of $100 of the fine, the student may perform 20 hours of community service at a site approved by the assistant vice president for student life or assistant director of residential life. The student must pay the remaining $100 fine.

$300 fine — In lieu of $100 of the fine, the student may perform 20 hours of community service at a site approved by the assistant vice president for student life or assistant director of residential life. The student must pay the remaining $200 fine.

Money collected from students for violation of the college’s alcohol policy will be deposited into the alcohol education program fund.