9. DRUG AND ALCOHOL POLICY

a. Statement Addressing Possession, Use, and Sale of Alcoholic Beverages
Alcohol Use at the University
UCCS is committed to excellence in all aspects of personal and academic life. Alcohol abuse
and misuse is a significant impediment to achieving this excellence. Therefore, UCCS permits
only responsible, legal consumption of alcohol. The university complies with all federal, state
and local laws concerning alcohol and illegal drugs. As a UCCS community member,  you are responsible
for acquainting yourself with the laws and university policies regarding alcohol and illegal
drugs.

Alcohol Policy

http://www.uccs.edu/Documents/vcaf/policies/100-003Alcohol2013.pdf

Alcohol policies apply to the UCCS campus and University sponsored activities at off-campus
locations. Administrators, alumni, faculty, guests, staff, and students must adhere to all
applicable state and local laws and University regulations related to the sale, possession and
use of alcoholic beverages. The most common laws related to alcohol use and sales are as
follows:

1. The sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited except in designated venues at times
and dates licensed by the Colorado State Department of Revenue.

2. In the State of Colorado, it is against the law for persons under 21 years of age to
possess or consume malt beverages, fermented malt liquor or vinous or spirituous
liquor. UCCS PD enforces all federal, state and local laws concerning possession
and/or consumption of ethyl alcohol. However, enforcement options may include
criminal charges as well as a referral to the Dean of Students Office or the Office of
Residence Life and Housing for possible disciplinary sanctions.

3. The furnishing of alcoholic beverages to underage persons is also against the state
law.

4. Alcohol cannot be consumed or carried in open containers on any street, sidewalk,
and alley, automobile or public area.

5. Alcohol is not permitted in the Summit Village Residence Halls. In the Alpine
Village Apartments, any student 21 years of age or older may consume alcohol in his
or her room , or if all residents in the apartment are over 21 years of age, alcohol may be

consumed in the apartments common living room as long as no one else present is under 21 years of age.

6. No person under legal drinking age or any obviously intoxicated person shall be
furnished, served, or given an alcohol beverage.

7. It is University policy that the cost of admission to an event may not include
alcoholic beverages. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased separately.

Standards of Conduct
The purpose of the UCCS Student Code of Conduct is to maintain the general welfare of the
University community. The University strives to make the campus community a place of study,
work, and residence where people are treated, and treat one another, with respect and
courtesy. The University views the student conduct process as a learning experience that can
result in growth and personal understanding of one’s responsibilities and privileges within both
the University community and the greater community. All students must follow these
standards. Students who violate these standards will be subject to the actions described
below. These procedures are designed to provide fairness to all who are involved in the
conduct process.

It is the goal of the Office of the Dean of Students for all students to fully understand their
rights and responsibilities throughout the student conduct process. This starts at Orientation
through discussions about the responsibilities of all members of the University Community and
to information and programs during the academic year. At all conduct meetings, students are
presented all necessary information for them to make informed decisions about the process.
UCCS’ Student Code of Conduct can be obtained from the Office of the Dean of Students or
by visiting http://www.uccs.edu/dos/student-conduct/student-code-of-conduct.html

University Requirements for Serving Alcohol
Any event where alcohol is served that meets either of the following conditions is covered by
this policy – the event takes place on university property or the event is paid for in part or in
whole by university funds.

1. No person under legal drinking age nor any obviously intoxicated person shall be
furnished, served or given an alcoholic beverage.

2. All alcohol events where University funds are used require the Event with Alcohol
Beverage Authorization Form.

3. Regardless of who caters the event, servers of alcohol must be TIPS certified
unless the event is an un-catered event at a private residence. Bartending services
can be provided by Sodexho should your caterer not have TIPS certified employees.

4. Security requirements will be determined on a case by case basis by the UCCS
Police Department.

5. Guests under 21 years of age are allowed to attend events with alcohol, but there
must be a system in place (such as wrist bands or hand stamps) to identify guests
who are not of age so they won't be served alcohol.

Best Practices
1. If the event lasts more than two hours, alcohol should not be served during the last
hour of the event. For events lasting less than two hours, service should end at least
30 minutes before the scheduled end of event.

2. Identify those whose age has been checked by using wrist bands or hand stamps
for those old enough to drink alcohol.

3. At a private event, use a check-in list at the entrance of the event to verify that only
invited guests attend. Use a name tag, wrist band, hand stamp or other means of
identifying persons who have checked in at the entrance to a private event.

4. Use tickets or other means to limit/monitor the number of alcoholic drinks
consumed.

5. Develop a "get home safe" booth for guests to call taxis, designated driver or other
safe ride home.

b. Statement Addressing Illegal Drugs
Federal and State drug laws as well as University policy prohibit the sale, unlawful
manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance, or of
illicit drugs, on university property or as part of any university activity, in compliance with the
Drug Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act. Although possession and use of
marijuana is no longer a crime under Colorado law, for those 21 years of age and over, the possession and use
of marijuana remains illegal under federal law. The use and/or possession of marijuana in any form is prohibited
on campus and/or on any property owned, leased or operated by UCCS, including UCCS student housing.
UCCS PD enforces all federal, state and local drug laws. This prohibition applies to all students and to all
employees. Any employee (including student employees) whose act in violation with the above
policy also results in a criminal conviction must report the conviction in writing to the
employee's supervisor within five days. The University, in turn, is obliged by law to report
certain convictions to the federal government

University sanctions for violation of this policy may include, but are not limited to, mandatory
participation in a rehabilitation program, or disciplinary action such as reprimand, suspension,
salary reduction, demotion, or termination of employment for employees, and for students a
warning, probation, suspension, ineligibility for financial assistance, or dismissal or expulsion
from the University.

Many of the acts which violate this policy also violate criminal law and must be referred for
prosecution. In such cases, law enforcement authorities may administer a separate penalty
such as a fine or imprisonment.

In addition to the legal and financial consequences associated with the abuse of drugs and
alcohol, the physical and psychological effects of such abuse can have a devastating effect
upon the ability to perform physical and intellectual skills required of a student or employee. It
can also impair the ability to develop and maintain the interpersonal skills and the working
relationships essential to an effective working and learning environment.

c.  Health Risks

A myriad health risks are associated with drug and alcohol abuse. Risks include but are not limited to:
malnutrition, brain damage, heart disease, digestive problems, injury or death through violent or self-
destructive behavior, depression, cirrhosis of the liver, high blood pressure, dependency potential.
Personal relationships, family dynamics, ability to work and study are also at risk. Further information
on health risks is available at the Student Health Center, hlthcntr@uccs.edu, (719) 255-4444.

d. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs
UCCS provides education, counseling, and referral for rehabilitative treatment relating to drug and alcohol abuse. Programs are available through Student Support Services (Student Health Center, Disability Services, Counseling Center), CU Benefits Office (Colorado State Employee Assistance, UC Health Insurance) and Department of Public Safety (event guidance and training). See also "Crime Preventionand Education" tab. 

For further information on UCCS alcohol and drug policies visit the Alcohol and Other Drug webiste at: http://www.uccs.edu/~aod/