Alcohol & Drugs on Campus

UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE ALCOHOL POLICY

The University and the Office of Student Affairs promotes the education of the whole student. The University is concerned about ways in which alcohol use and abuse may affect the primary academic mission of the institution, its overall atmosphere and the personal well-being of the University community. The University has the duty to exercise the degree of care that a reasonable person would to ensure that private and public events are conducted in accordance with state law. Whether or not a person drinks alcoholic beverages is a personal decision, but individuals are held personally accountable for their actions.

Campus Alcohol Policy
The primary objectives of UAA’s policies and procedures on alcoholic beverages are; (a) to promote responsible behavior and attitudes among all members of the University community; (b) to educate the university community concerning the use and effects of alcoholic beverages in order to promote responsible decision-making; and (c) help individuals experiencing difficulties associated with the use of alcohol.

The Chancellor or the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs has the authority to approve events where alcoholic beverages may be served to individuals of legal age with positive identification. Approval to serve alcoholic beverages will be granted on designated premises for private University-sanctioned events for a limited period of time. The sale of alcoholic beverages at University-sanctioned events on campus is not permissible and may not be approved by the Chancellor. Personal consumption, possession, or display of beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages is prohibited in University public places. The possession of kegs and other large quantities of alcoholic beverages will only be allowed by special permission of the Chancellor.

Residence Community Alcohol Policy
UAA’s residential communities provide a convenient and enriching living/learning environment. A major goal of the learning experience is to promote individual choice and responsible behavior. A major concern is maintaining an environment that is conducive to learning. Noise and irresponsible or disturbing behavior that distracts from the learning environment will result in disciplinary and/or legal action.

The alcohol policy for UAA’s residential communities permits some residents who are a minimum of 21 years of age to possess and consume limited quantities of alcoholic beverages in certain apartments or suites in accordance with Department of Residence Life policies. All other restrictions on personal alcohol consumption, outlined under Campus Alcohol Policy and the Student Code of Conduct apply.

The Residential Community Alcohol Policy is subject to annual review by the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the University administration.

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT PROVISION

Disciplinary action may be initiated by the University and disciplinary sanctions imposed against any student or student organization found responsible for committing, attempting to commit, or intentionally assisting in the commission of the following Student Code of Conduct provision.

Provision 10: Misuse of Alcohol or Other Intoxicants or Drugs

•    use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages on property owned or controlled by the University or at activities authorized by the University, except as expressly permitted by law, Regents’ Policy, University Regulation, or UAA rules and procedures; or
•    use, possession, manufacture, distribution, or being under the influence of any narcotic, controlled substance, or intoxicant on property owned or controlled by the University or at activities authorized by the University, except as expressly permitted by law, Regents’ Policy, University Regulation, or UAA rules and procedures.

EFFECTS OF ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

The misuse of alcohol and other drugs, including prescription drugs, by college students inhibits educational development and results in decreased productivity, serious health problems, and a breakdown of family structure. Repeated use of alcohol and drugs can lead to dependence. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs affects all socioeconomic groups, age levels, and the unborn.

CAMPUS RESOURCES

UAA’s Alcohol, Drug, and Wellness Educator coordinates UAA’s alcohol and drug education efforts, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, Red Ribbon Week, disciplinary sanctions related to substance abuse, and other substance abuse programming and training. To speak with the Alcohol, Drug, and Wellness Educator, call the UAA Dean of Students office at (907) 786-1214.

COMMUNITY RESOURCES 

Alcoholics Anonymous:  272-2312

Adult Children of Alcoholics

Al-Anon and Alateen:  276-6646 or 1-888-4AL-ANON

Narcotics Anonymous:  277-5483