University of Dubuque

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Alcohol, Tobacco, and Drugs

The following is the University policy regarding the use of alcohol, drugs and tobacco:

  • Students are expected to abide by all Iowa state laws and statutes regarding the use, possession, distribution, and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In order to consume alcohol legally in the state of Iowa, you must be 21 years of age.
  • Alcohol use, possession, distribution, and/or consumption or possession of an alcohol container on the University campus or at any activity off-campus that is sponsored by any University organization, department or group is strictly prohibited. The President, or appropriate designee, may approve exceptions to this prohibition to allow possession or consumption of alcohol beverages by persons of legal drinking age at designated special events. For clarification regarding this policy, please contact the Dean of Student Life. No alcoholic beverages may be present at any activity for the purpose of initiation, admission into, affiliation with, or as a condition of continued membership.
  • Illegal drug use, possession, and distribution (including the abuse of prescription or over-the-counter drugs) and any paraphernalia related to illegal use.
  • The use of tobacco of any kind in all university-owned or controlled buildings or vehicles is prohibited. This includes cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and smoke less and chewing tobacco.
  • No advertising may be displayed that explicitly or implicitly invites students to events where alcohol will be served.

Iowa Law Relating to Consumption of Alcohol 
The following is only a partial list of the pertinent alcohol-related law:

  • Persons under the legal age (21 years) are prohibited from purchasing or possessing alcoholic beverages (I.C.A. 123.47).
  • It is unlawful to sell, give, or otherwise supply alcoholic beverages to a minor (I.C.A. 123.47 and 123.47A).
  • Those under the legal age may not present false evidence or misrepresent their age to a vendor or licensee for purposes of obtaining alcoholic beverages [I.C.A. 123.49(3)].
  • No person may sell or give alcoholic beverages to an intoxicated person [I.C.A. 123.49(1)].
  • Anyone under the age of 21 who is caught driving with a blood alcohol level of 0.02 or more will lose their driver's license or permit for up to 60 days. Temporary driving permits for school, work, or any reason, will not be issued during the suspension period. Realize that 0.02 is a very small amount-as little as one beer or drink.

Alcohol and Drug- Related Counseling 
The University understands the need for strict adherence to the law in cases involving alcohol or other drugs, but it also practices compassion towards those with alcohol or drug-related problems as part of its Mission. To this end, University officials will make an effort to help students get professional counseling or other therapy and become a productive member of the University family and society. Students who need counseling for use/abuse of alcohol or other drugs should make an appointment with a member of the Student Life staff or be referred to an appropriate agency in the Dubuque community. 

Those agencies include:

  • Substance Abuse Services Center, 582-3784
  • The Turning Point Treatment Center, 589-8925
  • The Gannon Center for Mental Health, 582-0145
  • Alcoholic Anonymous, 556-7921

Student- Athlete Drug Testing Policy 
One of the greatest challenges facing society today is finding new and creative ways to control the increasing use of drugs and alcohol among students. The University of Dubuque athletic department recognizes the health risks and dangers associated with the use of unlawful, illicit drugs and alcohol, and proposes the investitures of random drug testing to help control the temptation presented to many of our students. Colleges presently drug test under the approval of the NCAA, and private industry and businesses drug test prospective and present employees. 

Individuals under the influence of drug and alcohol provide a threat to the safety and the health of themselves and to others participating with them. They risk destruction of various body organs, addiction, the threat of diseases contracted through the use of non-sterilized paraphernalia, behavior modifications, and performance below their fullest natural ability levels. 

The drug testing program will not affect the policies, practices or rights of UD in dealing with any drug, alcohol or tobacco possession or use where reasonable suspicion is obtained by means other than random testing. UD also reserves the right to test any UD student athlete when there is reasonable suspicion to believe the student athlete has used or is using a banned or illegal substance. The University of Dubuque feels that drug testing is a fair and necessary way to discourage students from succumbing to societal temptations. 

Purpose: The four major goals of drug testing by the UD athletic department are:

  1. To identify athletes who may have a drug or alcohol problem
  2. To protect the safety of the participants in athletic contests,
  3. To present student athletes with a sound reason to counter the impact of negative peer pressure, and
  4. To maintain the integrity of the athletic program at the UD.

Testing by Reasonable Suspicion 
A written statement by a UD athletic staff member constituting reasonable suspicion of use of illegal or performance enhancing drugs by a student athlete must be presented to the Athletic Director (AD)/ Senior Women's Administrator. The AD will evaluate the statement of “reasonable suspicion” from the UD athletic staff member. Based upon the written statement for suspicion and any further investigation that may be conducted, the Athletic Director may mandate that an individual be tested for the use of illegal or performance enhancing drugs. Banned or performance enhancing drugs include all substances as defined by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and/or its legislative committees. Failure to consent to a test by a student athlete is a declaration of ineligibility. 

In addition to the reasonable suspicion testing, UD may conduct random testing periodically throughout each academic year and will comply with any and all regulations of the NCAA in ordering testing 

Random Drug Testing Protocol 
The student athlete will be notified by the AD, and at this time, will be notified of the time and site of drug testing as arranged by the UD Certified Athletic Trainer. The student athlete will then complete the Substance Abuse Testing Notification Form. 

The student athlete will be tested according to the guidelines outlined by Finley Occupational Health/Hospital (UD Student Health Services). Finley Occupational Health will notify the student athlete and UD Athletic Director/Certified Athletic Trainer as to test results. The student athlete and the UD Athletic Director will meet to discuss the outcome of the drug testing.