UW Police

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

Generally, the UW does not permit the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus. The exceptions are 1) meetings or other functions when a state banquet permit has been obtained; applications are available in the Office of the Vice President & Vice Provost for Student Life and the permit is issued per regulations of the University of Washington and the Washington State Liquor Control Board; 2) residence hall rooms or apartments with the doors closed, except that kegs and other common-source containers are never allowed in the residence halls.

As prescribed by state law, it is illegal to sell alcohol without a permit and no one under age 21 is permitted to consume alcohol.

The University of Washington is committed to maintaining an environment of teaching and learning free of illegal drugs and alcohol. In compliance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, all students and employees of the University of Washington are notified of the following:

  1. The unlawful possession, use, distribution or manufacture of alcohol or controlled substances (as defined in CH 69.50 RCW) on the university campus or during UW-sponsored activities is prohibited (CH. 478-124 WAC).
    1. Students and employees who are found in violation of this prohibition may be subject to arrest and conviction under the applicable criminal laws of local municipalities, the State of Washington or the United States. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fines and imprisonment.
    2. Students found in violation of this prohibition are subject to discipline in accordance with the requirements and procedures of the Student Conduct Code (CH. 478-120 WAC). Discipline may include disciplinary probation or dismissal from the university.
    3. Faculty and staff employees who are found to be in violation of this prohibition are subject to discipline in accordance with the university employment rules and procedures. Discipline may include salary reduction, suspension or termination of employment.
  2. The University of Washington Administrative Policy Statement 13.7 contains the provisions of the university’s alcohol and other drug awareness programs. Employees and students should be aware that:
    1. It is dangerous to use and abuse alcohol and other drugs, and that many illnesses and deaths have been medically related to the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol;
    2. The university has declared itself a drug-free work and educational environment;
    3. Alcohol and other drug counseling, rehabilitation and employee assistance programs are listed in the Operations Manual, D 13.7.

    A table of Health Risks of Some Commonly Abused Substances is included in the Annual Security Report.

  3. In addition to the above requirements, and in accordance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, all employees are notified that the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of controlled substances (as defined in 21 U.S.C.§912) is prohibited in the workplace. An employee convicted of a criminal violation occurring in the workplace involving a controlled substance must notify his/her supervisor, dean and the Vice Provost for Research within five days of the conviction. If the employee is supported on federal funds, the Vice Provost for Research is required to inform the appropriate federal agency of this conviction within 10 days of the employee’s notification. Further, the university will, with regard to this employee, take appropriate disciplinary action and/or require such an employee to participate satisfactorily in an approved drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.

Federal Drug Laws

The possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by federal law. Strict penalties are provided for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses. An overview of federal penalties is contained in the Annual Security Report.

Washington State Drug Laws

(RCW 69.50)

The possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by state law. Strict penalties are provided for drug convictions. An overview of state penalties is contained in the Annual Security Report.