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GEN 1.4.(1). Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh recognizes that the abuse of alcohol and other drugs is of serious concern to the University community because it can interfere with the education of students and the job performance of employees. The University is committed to providing education about the responsible use of alcohol and about the misuse and abuse of alcohol and other drugs. This issue is of importance to all members of our community.  All members of the University community are encouraged to become familiar with this information.

(1)   Standards of Conduct and Sanctions.

(a)   The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Standards of Conduct.

The University of Wisconsin System and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh 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 chief administrative officer or under institutional regulations, in accordance with section UWS 18.06(13)(a), Wis. Adm. Code. [See also Gen 1.4(2): Alcoholic Beverages, Possession and Consumption.]  Alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions under section UWS 18.06(13)(b), 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 section UWS 17.03(1), 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 sections UWS 18.06(36) 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 Dean, Director, or Department Chair within five calendar days of the conviction if the employees were employed by the University at the time of the conviction.

(b)   Legal Sanctions.

        1. Wisconsin.

          The laws of Wisconsin prohibit drug possession and delivery through the Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Wis. Stat. 161 [see Wis. Stat. 161.41(2r)(b), Wis. Stat. 161.41 and Wis Stat. 161.46(1)].  Substantial restrictions against alcohol abuse also exist in Wisconsin. It is against the law to sell alcohol to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21 and there is a concurrent duty on the part of an adult to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on his/her premises, Wis. Stat. 125.07(a)(1). 
           
        2. Federal.
           

See U.S. Sentencing Guidelines s. 2D2.1(b)(1).

(2)   Resources for the Campus Community.

The University is dedicated to providing assistance and support to students, faculty, academic staff, and classified employees who abuse alcohol and other drugs as well as to supervisors, teaching faculty, and significant others who are affected by and need to confront alcohol and other drug abuse problems. Employees and students experiencing any concerns related to alcohol or other drug abuse are hereby urged to seek help through the appropriate University service or community resource.

(3)   Program Review.

In accordance with The Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act (1989), a biennial review of University programs will be conducted on even-numbered years by the Office of the Dean of Students.

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