Wittenberg University students and guests are expected to (1) adhere to state and local laws regarding the possession, consumption and distribution of alcoholic beverages, and (2) to adhere to university restrictions and prohibitions governing the use and consumption of alcoholic beverages
Law: Any alcohol related violation of the Ohio Revised Code including, but not limited to:
- Use and/or possession of alcohol under the age of 21.
- Distribution of alcohol to any person under the age of 21.
- Possessing an open container in a public place including a motor vehicle, parked or moving.
- Using false identification to obtain alcoholic beverages.
- OVI- Operating a Vehicle while impaired or under the influence of alcohol.
- Abuse/Misuse: Consumption of alcohol that clearly impairs a student’s personal health and/or safety, regardless of age.
- Disorderly Conduct: Any conduct occurring when a student is under the influence of alcohol that violates the rights of others, or leads to disorderly and/or dangerous behavior.
- Public Intoxication: Public intoxication and/or drinking in public.
- Common Source/Keg: Distribution of any alcoholic beverage from a common source (i.e. mixed drinks or punchbowls, beer balls, etc.) and/or keg.
- Mass Consumption: Participation in activities and/or drinking games (i.e. beer pong, flip-cup, card games) that promote mass consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- Devices: Use and/or possession of mass consumption instruments (i.e. beer bongs, funnels, etc.).
Use of Alcohol on University Premises or Affiliated Premises:
- Students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages in any academic building.
- Students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages at any athletic event, including intercollegiate, club, or intramural practices or contests.
University-Owned and Non-Owned Rental Properties
- Social gatherings are to be held inside the house or apartment.
- Social gatherings that spill out onto the porch or lawn may be broken up if there is reason to believe that the hosts are unable or unwilling to maintain control.
Fraternity and Sorority Facilities
- Each Greek chapter is responsible for adhering to state and local laws, their national guidelines, as well as standards of the university governing the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- With the above provisions in mind, the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages within each Greek chapter facility by its own membership (actives, pledges, and associates only) is the responsibility of the chapter.
- The use of alcoholic beverages for recruitment and new/associate member activities is prohibited.
Residence Halls—Student Rooms
- Students who are of legal age may consume alcohol in their room with the doors closed.
- Underage students may not be present in rooms where alcohol is available or being consumed.
- Open containers, carriers, or cups of alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any lounge, hallway, restroom, or other public area of a residence hall.
- Student Organizations must abide by the Programming with Alcohol Policy for any events in which alcohol is present.
- Clean up and Damage - Clean up should be completed immediately following a social event by the sponsoring individual or group. Failure to immediately clean the premises may result in both a fine and the costs of cleaning being levied on the sponsoring individual or group.
- Open Containers - Consuming or possessing alcohol in an open container in any university district location is not permitted and will subject the violator(s) to disciplinary action.
The university will provide opportunities for education on the responsible use of alcohol. The university will also sponsor and/or support opportunities that provide alcohol free alternatives for students who are underage and students who prefer alcohol free.
Students are held responsible for their behavior when under the influence of alcohol in the same manner in which they are held responsible for their behavior when not under the influence of alcohol.
Federal, State, and Local Penalties
Ohio law prohibits illicit selling, cultivating, manufacturing, or otherwise trafficking in controlled substances, including cocaine, heroin, amphetamines, and marijuana, knowingly or recklessly furnishing them to a minor, and administering them to any person by force, threat, or deception with the intent to cause serious harm. These offenses are felonies. The law also prohibits knowingly obtaining, possessing, or using a controlled substance and permitting drug abuse on one’s premises or in one’s vehicle. These offenses may be either felonies or misdemeanors. The law further prohibits obtaining, possessing, or using hypodermics for unlawful administration of drugs and the sale to juveniles of paraphernalia for use with marijuana. These offenses are misdemeanors.
Ohio law provides for mandatory fines, which must be at least $500, and possible imprisonment of any person who sells or furnishes beer or intoxicating liquor to an underage person or who buys beer or liquor for an underage person in violation of the law. Persons found knowingly to allow underage persons to possess and/or consume alcoholic beverages on their premises are guilty of a misdemeanor.
A felony conviction may lead to imprisonment or both imprisonment and fine. The maximum prison term is 25 years. A misdemeanor conviction may lead to imprisonment for up to six months and/or a fine up to $1,000.
With regard to beer and intoxicating liquor, Ohio law provides that a person under 21 years of age, who orders, pays for, attempts to purchase, possesses, or consumes beer or liquor, or furnishes false information to affect a purchase, commits a misdemeanor. Ohio law prohibits the possession of beer or liquor which was not lawfully purchased, and a court may order that any place where beer or liquor is unlawfully sold not be occupied for one year, or that the owner or occupant of the premises be required to furnish a surety bond of $1,000 to $5,000. Ohio law requires the mandatory suspension of an individual’s license from six months to five years for violation of the Controlled Substance Act.
Federal law forbids the illegal possession of and trafficking in controlled substances. A person convicted for the first time of possessing a controlled substance, other than crack cocaine, may be sentenced to up to one year in prison and fined between $1,000 and $100,000. A second conviction carries a prison term of up to two years and a fine of up to $250,000. Subsequent convictions carry prison terms of up to three years and fines of up to $250,000. Imprisonment for 5-20 years and fines of up to $250,000 apply to persons possessing more than five grams of crack cocaine on the first conviction, three grams on the second, and one gram on subsequent convictions. In addition to the above sanctions, a person convicted of possessing a controlled substance may be punished for forfeiture of property used to possess or facilitate possession, if the offense is punishable by more than one year in prison, forfeiture of any conveyance used to transport or conceal a controlled substance, denial of federal benefits, such as student loans, for up to five years, ineligibility to receive or purchase a firearm, and a civil penalty of up to $10,000.