entering the institution, all new UW-Stevens Point students participate in Think About It,
a mandatory, online alcohol education program. Electronic Check-up to Go for
Alcohol and for Marijuana are online programs available to students 24/7 at no
cost. These efforts are lead by the UW-Stevens Point Center for Prevention.
Students who are concerned about their alcohol or drug use are welcome to visit with the staff at the Center for Prevention, the Counseling Center, or Student Health Service about options. Faculty and staff may also contact these offices to consult about a student's use and to make a referal.
Several units and departments offer alcohol education including
Residential Living, Student Health Promotion and Greek-letter organizations.
Additional early intervention and educational services include brief
motivational interventions for students, Student
Health Service screening of patients using the Alcohol Use Disorders
Identification Test (AUDIT), and the Office of the Dean of Student refering students
involved in policy violations to an alcohol or marijuana education classes.
Resources for Employees
and staff, Human Resources provides access to "LiveMatters," an Employee Assistance Program. Services for UWSP Employees can be accessed by visiting LifeMatters on the web at https://members.mylifematters.com or by contacting them by telephone at 800-634-6433. All services provided by LifeMatters are free to UWSP employees.
LifeMatters services are provided by Empathia, Inc. Empathia is governed by state and federal laws requiring confidentiality of client records. For additional questions please contact the Department of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Health Effects of Alcohol and Other Drugs
This is a brief summary of some of the principal health risks and hazards associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol. It is neither comprehensive nor exhaustive. For more detailed information concerning the dangers of drugs and alcohol, students should consult your doctor or a drug and alcohol rehabilitation counselor.
Alcohol and Other Depressants (barbiturates, sedatives and tranquilizers)
Addiction, accidents as a result of impaired ability and judgment, alcohol overdose, overdose when used with other depressants, causes damage to a developing fetus, heart and liver damage.
Impairs short-term memory, thinking and physical coordination. Can also cause panic reaction and increase the risk of lung cancer and emphysema. Can interfere with judgment, attention span, concentration and overall intellectual performance. Impairs driving ability. May cause psychological dependence and compromise the immune system.
Addiction, cardiovascular system damage including heart attack, brain damage, seizures, lung damage, severe depression, paranoia, psychosis. Similar risks are associated with other stimulants, such as speed and uppers.
Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemical compounds, many of which are known to cause cancer. Nicotine, which is a central nervous system stimulant, produces an increase in heart and respiration rates, blood pressure, adrenaline production and metabolism. People can rapidly become physically and psychologically dependent on tobacco. Nicotine compromises the immune system.
Inhalants are a diverse group of chemicals that easily evaporate and can cause intoxication when their vapors are inhaled. Most inhalants are central nervous system depressants. Use of these drugs slow down many body functions. High doses can cause severe breathing problems.
University Standards of Conduct and
Sanctions Concerning Illicit Drugs and Alcohol
Chapter 17 (Non-academic standards and disciplinary procedures) and Chapter 18 (Conduct on University Land). (The following is excerpted.)
- Conduct subject to disciplinary action - Illegal use, possesion, manufacture, or distribution of Alcohol or controlled substances (17.09(6)).
tobacco is not allowed in residence halls, nonresidential buildings, or within
25 feet of buildings (18.08(11)).
- Note: The
UW-Stevens Point campus is tobacco free effective August 2014.
use or possession of alcohol beverages (fermented malt beverages and intoxicating
liquors containing 0.5% or more of alcohol by volume) is prohibited on all
university premises, except in faculty and staff housing and as permitted by
the chief administrative officer, subject to statutory age restrictions. No
person may procure, sell, dispense or give away alcohol beverages to any person
contrary to the provisions of ch. 125, Stats. (18.09))
person may intentionally use or possess marijuana on university lands (18.09)).
person may use, or possess with the primary intent to use, drug paraphernalia
to plant, propagate, cultivate, grow, harvest, manufacture, compound, convert,
produce, process, prepare, test, analyze, pack, repack, store, contain,
conceal, inject, ingest, inhale or otherwise introduce into the human body a
controlled substance or controlled substance analog in violation of ch. 961,
Stats. In this subsection, the term “drug paraphernalia” has the meaning
specified in s. 961.571(1), Stats.; the term “controlled substance” has the
meaning specified in s. 961.01(4), Stats.; and the term “controlled substance
analog” has the meaning specified in s. 961.01(4m), Stats (18.09))
- Sanctions for alcohol and drug policy
violations are outlined at the bottom of the page.
Federal and State Laws
Federal Legal Sanctions
Pursuant to federal law, the
United States Sentencing Guidelines establish mandatory minimum penalties for
categories of drug offenses and provide for penalty enhancements in specific
cases. Under these federal guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to 6
years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the
distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams) of marijuana; a sentence
of life imprisonment can result from a conviction of possession of a controlled
substance that results in death or bodily injury; and, possession of more than
5 grams of cocaine can trigger an intent to distribute penalty of 10 –16 years
Federal Penalties and Sanctions
for Illegal Possession of Controlled Substances
1st conviction: Up to 1 year
imprisonment and fined at least $1,000 but not more than $100,000, or both.
After 1 prior drug conviction: At least 15 days in prison, not to exceed 2
years and fined at least $2,500 but not more than $250,000, or both.
After 2 or more prior drug
convictions: At least 90 days in prison, not to exceed 3 years and fined at
least $5,000 but not more than $250,000, or both.
21 U.S.C. 853(a)(2) and
881(a)(7) Forfeiture of personal and real property used to possess or to
facilitate possession of a controlled substance if that offense is punishable
by more than 1 year imprisonment. (See special sentencing provisions re:
21 U.S.C. 881(a)(4) Forfeiture
of vehicles, boats, aircraft or any other conveyance used to transport or
conceal a controlled substance.
21 U.S.C. 844a Civil fine of up
21 U.S.C. 862 Denial of Federal
benefits, such as student loans, grants, contracts, and professional and
commercial licenses, up to 1 year for first offense, up to 5 years for second
and subsequent offenses.
18 U.S.C. 922(g) Ineligible to purchase, receive or transport a
firearm. Miscellaneous Revocation of certain Federal licenses and benefits,
e.g. pilot licenses, public housing tenancy, etc.
State of Wisconsin Laws and
The Uniform Controlled
Substances Act, Chapter 961 of the Wisconsin Statutes, regulates controlled
substances and outlines specific penalties for the violation of the
regulations. A first-time conviction for possession of a controlled substance
can result in a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to
$5,000. Sec. 961.41(3g), Stats. A person convicted of manufacturing a
controlled substance, delivering a controlled substance, or possessing a
controlled substance with an intent to manufacture or deliver, can be
imprisoned for up to 30 years and fined up to $1,000,000. Secs. 961.41(1) and
(1m), Stats. Penalties vary according to the type of drug involved, the amount
of drug confiscated, the number of previous convictions, and the presence of
any aggravating factors. The distribution of a controlled substance to a minor
can lead to the doubling of an authorized sentence term.
Sec. 961.46, Stats. Wisconsin
has formidable legal sanctions that restrict the use of alcohol in various
situations. It is illegal to procure for, sell, dispense or give away alcohol
to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21 years. Sec.
125.07(1)(a)(1), Stats. Every adult has a legal obligation to prevent the
illegal consumption of alcohol on premises owned by the adult or under the
adult’s control. Sec. 125.07(1)(a)(3), Stats. A
first-time violator of either of the above subsections can be fined up to $500.
It is against the law for an underage person to procure or attempt to procure
an alcoholic beverage, to falsely represent his or her age for the purpose of
obtaining alcohol, to enter premises licensed to sell alcohol, or to consume or
possess alcohol on licensed premises. Sec. 125.07(4)(a), Stats. A first-time
underage violator of Section 125.07(4)(bs), Stats., can be fined up to $500,
ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver’s
City of Stevens Point Sanctions
drinking violation - tavern related (17-20 yr
olds), First offense; $452.50
drinking violation - non-tavern related (17-20
yr olds), First offense; $263.50
Identification card violation - carrying, obtaining, providing, making, altering, duplicating (use of another’s id
without consent is a felony) (17-20 yr olds); $515.50
Sale of alcohol beverage without
license/permit - (illegal taverns or house
parties) First offense; $389.50
Procure for/sell/dispense/give alcohol
to an underage person - 1st offense; $389.50
Being Loud, abusive, arguing, etc.;
Aggravated loudness, abusiveness,
profanity, involving property damage; $326.50
Fighting, resisting arrest; $263.50
Open intoxicant or malt beverage on
public way; $236.50
Causing damage to property/graffiti; $263.50
Urinating/defecating on public/private
property without owner’s consent $175.50
Social host ordinance: between $300 and $2,000
Sanctions Guidelines for Student Alcohol and Drug Policy Violations
at UW-Stevens Point