Drugs, Alcohol, and Smoking Policy

A Substance-Free Environment

The University of Iowa residence halls are substance-free environments. The possession and use of alcohol and illegal drugs and the use of smoking products are prohibited in the residence halls. Alcohol possession and consumption is not allowed even if a student is 21 or older. Students over 18 years of age may possess and are allowed to store tobacco and legal smoking products but may not use them in the halls.

Drug Policy (Marijuana and/or Controlled Substances)

Illegal, addictive, dangerous, or controlled substances are not allowed on residence hall property. Possession of drugs or drug paraphernalia, use, manufacture, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs is prohibited. Furthermore, any use of illegal drugs is considered by the university to be self-destructive behavior. Persons found in a room where drugs are being used or present are subject to disciplinary action whether or not they were engaging in the behavior. In most cases, University of Iowa Police officers will be called to the scene if there is a suspicion of drug use in the residence halls. All residents assigned to a particular room are subject to sanctions for violating the drug policy if illegal drugs are found in the room. If your roommate is involved in illegal activity, you are advised to call the University of Iowa Police and contact your area/hall coordinator. A resident found guilty of violating the drug policy will ordinarily be suspended from the halls and will be required to complete a substance abuse program at Health Iowa. Residents who violate the drug policy and are allowed to remain in halls will be subject to a fine of $300 - $700. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and persons in the company of their guests. If their guests violate policy, residents will be sanctioned for the conduct of their guests. Students who violate University Housing & Dining policies and procedures while under the influence of drugs will be subject to disciplinary action on the basis of their offenses. A comprehensive list of applicable state and federal drug laws, legal sanctions, and health risks of illegal drugs and alcohol are contained in the Policy Regarding the Use of Illegal Drugs and Alcohol section of the Policies and Regulations Affecting Students which is distributed via e-mail to all University of Iowa students each fall semester.

Alcohol Policy

The University of Iowa residence halls are considered substance-free environments. All students and guests, regardless of age, are not permitted to consume or possess alcoholic beverages in residence halls. Any alcohol found will be destroyed and disciplinary sanctions (including fines ranging from $200 - $700) will be imposed. Persons found in a room where alcohol is present and/or being consumed are subject to disciplinary action and fine whether or not they were drinking. The presence of full or empty alcoholic beverage containers (bottles, cans, and cases) is prohibited. This includes containers used as decoration. Severe sanctions, including the possibility of immediate residence hall contract cancellation, are imposed upon residents who provide alcohol to others, host gatherings in their rooms where alcohol is served, or possess large quantities of alcoholic beverages, even if there are no prior sanctions on record. In addition, these alcohol violations may be referred to the Office of the Dean of Students for disciplinary action, including possible suspension from the university. Students who violate University Housing & Dining policies and procedures while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be subject to disciplinary action on the basis of their offenses. Students who are intoxicated in the residence halls may be subject to arrest. Residents who violate the alcohol policy will be subject to a monetary fine. Residents are responsible for the behavior of their guests and persons in the company of their guests. If their guests violate the alcohol policy, residents will be sanctioned for the conduct of their guests and persons in the company of their guests.

Smoking Policy

The University of Iowa is a smoke free campus. Therefore the use of tobacco, including smokeless tobacco products, and legal smoking products are prohibited in all campus buildings including residence halls. Students over 18 years of age may possess and are allowed to store tobacco and legal smoking products but may not use them in the halls. Under the Smoke Free Air Act, smoking is banned on the entire UI campus.

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