Issues related to alcohol and other drug use by college and university students are receiving increased levels of national attention. The following information is provided as part of Purdue University North Central’s continuing efforts to address these issues and to promote the health, welfare, and quality of life of all Purdue students.
Which Indiana State Laws Address Alcohol and Other Drugs?
All Purdue students are responsible for complying with local, state and federal laws regarding alcohol and other drugs. The following information regarding Indiana state law is current as of publication and is not intended to substitute for legal advice. For a complete listing of the alcoholic beverage laws, consult the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Laws, 2008. For a complete listing of state drug laws, consult the Indiana Criminal and Traffic Law Manual, 2008. Copies of these documents are available for review in the Police Department.
- Class C Infraction (up to $500 fine and loss of minor’s driver’s license for up to one year):
- Misrepresentation of age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Class C Misdemeanors (imprisonment for up to 60 days and fine of up to $500):
- A person under 21 years of age who knowingly consumes, possesses, or transports any alcoholic beverage on a public highway when not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
- To sell, barter, exchange, provide, or furnish an alcoholic beverage to a minor.
- A person under 21 years of age present in a tavern, bar, or other public place where alcoholic beverages are available (in addition to Class C Misdemeanor, minor’s license to be revoked for up to one year even if I.D. was not used).
Caution on fake IDs: Under certain circumstances, local prosecutors have used the criminal code rather than the alcoholic beverage code to prosecute users of fake IDs. Misdemeanor charges of “deception” and felony charges of forgery have been filed. Also under federal law, possession or use of fake or altered driver’s licenses, or state or federal ID cards can be punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or a five-year jail term.
- To deal, manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use an illegal drug or controlled substance.
To encourage, aid, or induce another person to deal, manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess or use an illegal drug or controlled substance.
The Controlled Substance Act regulates drugs that have been declared by the Attorney General to be drugs that have abuse potential. Examples include, but are not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, and PCP. For a complete listing of controlled substances, consult Drugs of Abuse (2003 edition), Department of Justice publication. Copies of this document are available in the LSF Library.
Legal sanctions which apply to the violations cited above vary depending upon the class of misdemeanor or felony involved. For a description of Federal trafficking penalties for controlled substances, consult Drugs of Abuse (2003 edition).
What Purdue University North Central regulations address alcohol and other drugs?
University regulations state that the use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or dangerous drugs are prohibited. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages in or on University property is prohibited, regardless of the person’s age.
The University also prohibits the serving or possession of alcoholic beverages at any student organization function on campus. All sponsoring organizations are equally responsible for open and closed events and for compliance with University regulations and applicable Indiana state laws. Violations of any of these conditions may result in University action. A complete listing of University regulations is available in the Dean of Students Office (LSF 103).
What will happen to me if I am caught in violation of Purdue University North Central regulations regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs?
- Any student suspected of being in violation of these regulations may be subject to disciplinary proceedings conducted by representatives of the Office of the Dean of Students. Students who are found guilty may be subject to administrative actions: oral warning, written warning, admonition, reprimand, and/or use of counseling procedures.
- Disciplinary penalties: expulsion, suspension, probated suspension, disciplinary probation, and other educationally sound sanctions.
Note: When appropriate, referral for prosecution under local, state, and federal laws may occur.
If I am not on Purdue University North Central property and am caught “breaking” a local, state, or federal law regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs, could I be subject to University disciplinary action?
Indiana state law allows the University to investigate and act on any suspicion of violation of local, state, or federal law. The University may also investigate and take action in incidents occurring in states other than Indiana.
What is the big deal? Everyone I know drinks alcohol. It’s not really a drug.
Alcohol is the most commonly used intoxicating substance in America. Generally, adults drink alcoholic beverages without major problems. However, alcohol abuse is a major problem for 10 to 15 percent of the drinkers and may significantly reduce life expectancy. Ethyl alcohol is the active drug found in alcoholic beverages. Alcohol has a depressant effect on the body. In addition, an intoxicating dose, alcohol can decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and respiration rate, and result in decreased reflex responses and slower reaction times.
What are the possible health consequences of alcohol and other drug use?
The following is a short list of possible physical effects of alcohol and other drug use; slowed reaction time, slowed reflex responses, loose muscle tone, loss of fine motor coordination, staggering gait, short-term memory loss, insomnia, paranoia, hallucinations, delusions, mood swings, significant depression, decreased ability to perform complex cognitive tasks, preoccupation with minute matters, and repetition of meaningless tasks. For a description of the health risks associated with controlled substances, consult Drugs of Abuse (2003 edition), Department of Justice publication. For a summary of the health risks associated with alcohol, consult What Works: Schools without Drugs (1992 edition), Department of Education publication. Copies of these documents are available in the LSF Library.
- Other effects of alcohol and drug use may include an impairment of academic performance, degeneration of interpersonal relationships, and health problems related to nutritional deficiencies.
- An issue of growing concern on college campuses is the relationship of alcohol to violence, especially sexual assault. A study at a Big Ten institution found that approximately 80 percent of the men and 70 percent of the women involved in sexual assault had been drinking when the assault occurred.
If things are so serious, what is the University doing about the problem?
Alcohol and substance abuse prevention is a top priority for Purdue University – so great a priority in fact that the University has in place a wellness program. Support groups for recovering alcohol and substance abusers, referrals to professional counselors as well as on campus counseling services are available. For referral information and guidance on the topic of substance abuse and related problems, contact the Dean of Students Office or Enrollment Services.