Alcohol & Drug Policies

In support of the educational mission of William Woods University, the following alcohol and drug policies are in place to create a safer campus environment which supports the academic and social success of all students.

Students, regardless of age, may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on the campus of William Woods University, except under the following provisions:

Designated Social Events:

During designated social events, individuals 21 years of age or older, will be allowed to possess or consume alcohol. Organizations must follow specific event procedures and policies. Third Party vendors, sober monitors and appropriate safety personnel are required.

Designated Residence Halls:

Once a semester, residence halls will be allowed to vote whether to allow alcohol in the rooms of residents who are 21 years of age. Both residents of the room must be 21, alcohol is allowed in the privacy of rooms only. Closed containers must be in paper or opaque bags when being transported in or out of the halls. Halls will vote by secret ballot and would be required to have a 70% majority vote in favor of a new policy in order to change the policy from the campus policy prohibiting alcohol possession and consumption on campus.

Standards of conduct involving alcohol and drugs:

William Woods University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, distribution and sale of alcohol and illegal and prescription drugs by William Woods University students and employees on University owned or managed property and/or at University sponsored or supervised activities. These policies apply to all full-time and part-time students and employees. Possession of paraphernalia associated with the use, possession or manufacture of illegal drugs is also prohibited. Appearing on campus under the influence of alcohol or drugs, such that an individual may endanger himself or other persons, damage property, or disrupt the living and learning environment of others, is also prohibited.

Parental notification regarding alcohol and drugs:

Congressional revisions to The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) in 1998 permits schools to notify parents of students who are under the age of 21 if such students have been found in violation of University policies regarding alcohol and other drugs. The Dean of Student Life will use this policy to intercede in situations where alcohol or drug abuse has led to situations which threaten the health or safety of individual students or has contributed to a significant deterioration of the living and learning environment. Examples of incidences in which parents could be notified include, but are not limited to, a recurring pattern of alcohol-related violations and harmful behavior that is a result of alcohol and drug use.

Disciplinary sanctions pertaining to alcohol and drug violations:

Violation of the standards of conduct regarding alcohol and illicit drugs may result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from campus living and/or dismissal from the university. A complete copy of alcohol and drug policies can be found in the student handbook which can be requested from the Office of Student  Life.

A full copy of the drug and alcohol policies is available in the Student Handbook available online.