Alcohol and Other Drugs:
for Students and Employees
Western Washington University is committed to an environment which is free of alcohol and other drug abuse for students, faculty, and staff. It maintains this commitment in support of academic excellence, work performance, and quality of life, as well as for the future well-being of all members of this community. (excerpt from Western’s Policy Concerning Alcohol and Other Drugs)
Enforcement of Federal and State Alcohol and Drug Laws
Western Washington University will uphold state and federal laws pertaining to alcohol and other drug use. All students, faculty, and staff are required to comply with these laws. Action will be taken on any violation of state or federal law or university regulations concerning alcohol and other drugs which (a) occurs in or on property controlled or owned by Western Washington University; or (b) involves University business or activities; or (c) relates directly and materially to the fitness of staff or faculty members in their professional capacities.
Selected Legal and University Guidelines related to Alcohol Possession and Consumption; Unlawful Possession or Distribution of Illicit Drugs; Standards of Conduct; and Disciplinary Sanctions
As prescribed by state law, no person under 21 may acquire, possess, or consume any alcoholic beverage. It is illegal to sell alcohol without a permit. It is also unlawful for any person to provide alcoholic beverages to someone under 21. The punishment for a person convicted of violating any of the state laws described above may include imprisonment and/or fines. For full details, see legal penalties.
Generally, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus. The exceptions, for persons of legal drinking age only, are 1) events for which a banquet permit has been obtained from the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services in accordance with appropriate state laws, or 2) possession and consumption in private dwelling spaces. University Residences policy defines private dwelling spaces as individual residence hall rooms or apartments with the door closed.
Individuals who violate WWU's regulations concerning alcohol and other drugs will be subject to sanctions including but not limited to, written reprimand, termination of employment, or expulsion and/or referral for prosecution.
Local, State, and Federal Penalties for Illegal Sale, Manufacture, Delivery, and Possession of Controlled Substances*
There are numerous local, state and federal statutes related to the manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession and use of controlled substances. Legal sanctions may be imposed for both felony and misdemeanor convictions. Legal sanctions range from fines to multi-year prison terms to loss of financial aid. More severe penalties are provided for persons convicted of providing controlled substances to minors and for repeat offenses. For full details, see legal penalties.
* A partial list of drugs considered to be controlled substances in Washington state: Narcotics (opium and cocaine as well as all drugs extracted, derived, or synthesized from opium and cocaine, such as crack cocaine and heroin); marijuana; methamphetamine; barbiturates; and hallucinogenic substances (LSD, peyote, mescaline, psilocybin, PCP, THA, MDA, STP).
Where to Find More Information
The University will follow established processes for violation of policies. For specific citations of these procedures, see policy violation procedures.
Alcohol and Other Drug-related Educational Programs for Students and Employees
ALCOHOL AND DRUG CONSULTATION, ASSESSMENT, AND SKILLS PROGRAM (ADCAS): Staffed by a professional counselor and risk reduction specialist, ADCAS provides alcohol/drug assessments of use, risks, and consequences, with personalized feedback designed to help students change their drinking/drug use patterns and outcomes. ADCAS also provides information on alcohol/drug related topics; support for friends, family, and roommates impacted by the alcohol/drug use of others, current or past; and referral to campus and community support groups, and counseling and treatment resources. Old Main 560C. Call 650-3643.
EMPLOYEE ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: Provides free, confidential professional assistance, assessments and referrals to help employees and their families resolve problems that affect their personal lives or job performance. Washington State Employee Assistance Program, 1720 Ellis Street #200, Bellingham, WA. For appointment scheduling call 877-313-4455. For after hours help call 866-704-6364.
NEW STUDENT SERVICES/FAMILY OUTREACH: Provides students with the Viking Tips handbook and BluePages which include important information regarding alcohol and other drug abuse. Old Main 330F. Call 650-3846.
PREVENTION AND WELLNESS SERVICES: Staffed by professional health educators and Peer Health Lifestyle Advisors, it offers education and prevention services related to alcohol and other drug abuse. Prevention and Wellness Services also publishes the Playing It Safe brochure, a guide to safer living at Western. Old Main 560. Call 650-2993.
WELLNESS OUTREACH CENTER: Staffed by a health educator and trained Peer Health Lifestyle Advisors, it provides information, resources, and referral for alcohol and other drug concerns. Viking Union 432. Call 650-4321.
Associated Students Programs
DRUG INFORMATION CENTER: Provides students and the university community with drug education to increase community awareness of social, physical and economic implications of drug use and abuse.
VU 517. Call 650-6116.