Drug and Alcohol Policy
UAA is committed to promoting healthy lifestyles and encourages all students to make responsible and informed choices. You are responsible for upholding federal, state, and local laws and University policy dealing with alcohol, drugs, and tobacco usage.
- Alcohol limit: Alcohol is not permitted for students under 21 years old. Residential students, who are a minimum of 21 years of age, may possess and consume limited quantities of alcoholic beverages in certain apartments or suites. An apartment/suite with one individual of legal drinking age may be in possession (opened or unopened) of up to 144 ounces of beer or 750 milliliters of other alcohol. In an apartment/suite where two or more students of legal drinking age reside, there may not be more than 288 ounces of beer or 1500 milliliters of other alcohol (opened or unopened) anywhere within the apartment or suite at any given time. Empty alcohol containers count towards the limit of alcohol per person, suite, or apartment. Each resident is responsible to keep under the individual, personal, and collective limit within the apartment or suite.
- Underage Access and Consumption: The purchase, possession, consumption, being in the presence of, or disruptive behavior due to public intoxication of alcohol by a person under the age of 21 is prohibited. Residents who are not of legal drinking age may not allow guests to bring alcohol into their room, apartment, or suite regardless of the age of their guest(s). No one over the age of 21 is allowed to have alcohol that is accessible to, or in the presence of, any person under the age of 21. Alcohol paraphernalia is also prohibited. Parents/guardians of residents who are under the age of 21 will be notified of alcohol and/or drug policy violations.
- Alcohol Containers and Displays: Collections of alcohol containers are prohibited. While you are permitted to possess alcohol/drug signage, it is a community expectation that it is not visible from the exterior of buildings, i.e. outside windows or balconies, as to promote our Wellness Initiative-Substance Free Housing.
- Alcohol Distribution: Sale or distribution of alcohol by a person to another person is prohibited. Sale of alcoholic beverages on campus, including indirect sales is prohibited.
- Alcohol in Common Areas: Possession or consumption of alcohol in common areas of residential communities is not allowed, including but not limited to: lounges, hallways, stairwells, balconies, laundry rooms, bathrooms, study areas, and courtyards.
- Common Sources of Alcohol: Use of common sources of alcohol, including but not limited to kegs, party balls, beer bongs, trash cans, and punch bowls is prohibited.
- Drinking Games: Playing drinking games within residential communities is prohibited. The definition of drinking games includes but is not limited to: the rapid consumption of shots of any liquid, the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age, “beer pong”, “century club”, “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of water, alcohol, or any other liquid which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol or water.
- Perceptively Under the Influence: It is prohibited to be perceptibly under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or other illegal drugs regardless of one's age within the residential communities. Guests perceptively under the influence may be asked to leave the residential community.
- Production of Alcohol: Production of alcoholic beverages, or possessing materials used in the production of alcoholic beverages, is prohibited.
- Hosting Parties Involving Alcohol: A party is defined as a group of nine (9) or more individuals who are present to participate in a social event involving alcohol. Students are considered hosts if they organize or co-organize a party at their residence, participate in a party at their residence, or invite guests to the residence to join the party. Additionally, providing alcoholic beverages to minors or hosting a party where alcohol and minors are present is prohibited. Any resident found responsible for hosting a gathering that exceeds the above stated alcohol limitations and/or hosting a gathering in which one or more minors consume alcohol in the resident's room, apartment, or suite may have their housing agreement immediately terminated as a disciplinary sanction, whether or not the resident has a prior UAA disciplinary record. Residents who have their housing agreements terminated for disciplinary reasons will be assessed any charges in accordance with the mid-term release schedule.
- Breathalyzer Notice: A resident who denies a request from police to receive a breathalyzer test will not be eligible to stay on campus for 12 hours immediately following the request for the breathalyzer test. The resident will need to meet with the RC-On-Duty prior to returning to their room.
- Any student deemed excessively intoxicated by Residence Life staff and or police will not be allowed to stay on campus and will be asked to leave campus for the night or transported to Anchorage Sleep Off Center (for students on the Anchorage campus). The student will need to meet with the RC-On-Duty upon return to regain access to their room.
- Prohibited Items: Students are prohibited from possessing, using, selling, distributing, being in the presence of, or providing marijuana or any other illegal drugs (including prescription medications being distributed to someone to whom the medication is not prescribed), prohibited substance, or drug paraphernalia. Students are also prohibited from possessing, using, selling, distributing, being in the presence of, or providing synthetic cannabinoid products, such as K2 and Spice. Being found responsible for violating this policy may result in immediate termination of the student's housing agreement whether or not the resident has a prior UAA disciplinary record. Residents who have their housing agreements terminated for disciplinary reasons will be assessed any charges in accordance with the mid-term release schedule.
- Drug Paraphernalia: Possession of paraphernalia for intended or implied use of controlled substances or paraphernalia possessing illegal drug residue, including but not limited to: devices and/or materials used to prepare, use, or cover up the use of drugs is prohibited (ex: glass pipes, hookahs, etc.).
- Smoking Tobacco, E-Cigarettes, and E-Hookahs: Smoking and all forms of tobacco, including but not limited to, cigarettes, cigars, snuff, e-cigarettes, vaping devices, and chewing tobacco, are not permitted in any residential communities, on the UAA campus, and all UA properties. Smoking in a residence hall or apartment rooms or common areas may result in cleaning fees being assessed to student accounts. Please refer to this website for the entire policy: smoke-free campus policies.