University Alcohol Policy
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’s 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 (ie. mixed drinks or punchbowls, beer balls, etc.) and/or keg.
- Mass Consumption: Participation in activities and/or drinking games (ie. beer pong, flip-cup, card games) that promote mass consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- Devises: Use and/or possession of mass consumption devices (ie. beer bongs, funnels, etc.).
University regulations governing the use, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages by students and student organizations on University property 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 rush and pledge 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.