Wake Forest University believes in the wellbeing of the whole person – emotionally, environmentally, financially, intellectually, occupationally, physically, socially, spiritually. Alcohol and other drug misuse inhibits students’ development and is negatively correlated with academic success, personal safety, and long-term health. The vitality of the campus community relies on each individual and group taking responsibility for choices related to alcohol and other drug use. The health and well-being of the campus community and its members should not be jeopardized by issues related to alcohol and other drugs. Therefore:
The University’s Undergraduate Alcohol and Other Drug Policy applies to all Wake Forest undergraduates and their guests, as well as undergraduate student organizations. Each individual member of the Wake Forest University community is responsible for knowing and abiding by the University’s Undergraduate Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
For faculty/staff policies, please refer to Substance Abuse Prevention Policy: http://hr.wfu.edu/files/2016/03/Substance-Abuse-Prevention.pdf
For policies pertaining to graduate and professional school students, please contact the appropriate graduate and/or professional schools.
Procedures regarding the registration, marketing, management, marketing, and closing of events and related training requirements are governed by the Event Management Procedures for Campus Social Events with Alcohol: https://studentengagement.wfu.edu/student-organizations/event-planning/event-management-procedures-for-campus-social-functions-with-alcohol/
The following behaviors are prohibited at Wake Forest University:
a. Use of alcohol/or other drugs that results in behaviors, physical signs, and medical consequences, including but not limited to: staggering, difficulty standing or walking, slurred speech, passing out, blackouts (loss of memory), vomiting, retching, bloodshot and/or glassy eyes, strong odor of alcohol and/or other drugs, physical injuries, or other medical problems.
b. Use of alcohol and/or other drugs in association with inappropriate behavior including/but not limited to as:
i. Verbal abuse
ii. Physical abuse
iii. Failure to comply with a University or other law enforcement official
iv. Property damage
v. Any other behavior that violates the Student Code of Conduct of the University
c. A pattern of recurring episodes of alcohol and/or other drug-related violations of the Student Code of Conduct.
2. Assisting or Encouraging Underage Possession, Purchase, or Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages
3. Open Containers: Possessing an Alcoholic Beverage in open containers outside designated areas. Residents and their guests are not allowed to carry primary or secondary open containers of alcohol to or from suite/floor lounges at any time. Alcohol may only be transported to approved spaces in unopened primary containers.
4. Public Consumption: Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in common areas of residential facilities.
5. Consumption of Prohibited Form of Alcohol: When consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted, such consumption is limited to beer and unfortified wine (wines that contain 16% or less alcohol by volume). Distilled alcoholic beverages are prohibited except at events held at a licensed establishment or where alcohol is served by a licensed third-party vendor.
6. Driving While Impaired and/or Driving Under the Influence: Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or while impaired by alcohol. Note: Students found responsible for Driving While Impaired (DWI) will incur university sanctions whether occurring on or off-campus. Sanctions imposed for this offense are cumulative with sanctions imposed for other relevant offenses. A University imposed sanction for DWI does not exempt students from external legal action.
7. Underage Purchase or Attempt to Purchase Alcohol: No student under the age of 21 may purchase or attempt to purchase Alcoholic Beverages.
8. Underage Possession and/or Consumption of Alcohol: No student under the age of 21 may possess or consume Alcoholic Beverages, or
9. Sale of Alcoholic Beverages: The sale of Alcoholic Beverages on campus, except for sales by University-approved licensed vendors.
10. Unlawful Possession, Use, Sale, Manufacture or Distribution of Drugs and/or Drug Paraphernalia
11. Use of Common Source Containers: Alcohol may only be served from common source containers (e.g. kegs; party balls; alcoholic punches) when service is by University approved licensed vendors. Exceptions may be allowed pursuant to the University’s Athletics policies.
12. Drinking Practices or Games that Promote Misuse of Alcohol (e.g. shot-gunning, shots, consuming a minimum volume of alcohol within a set time period and chugging)
13. Unauthorized Containers or Paraphernalia: Secondary containers (e.g. cups) for alcohol must be transparent or translucent. Beer bongs, funnels, or any other paraphernalia which encourage or support alcohol misuse are prohibited, even for those of legal drinking age.
14. Advertising, Referencing or Promoting Alcoholic Beverages, Drug Use, or Bars/Taverns: No reference to alcoholic beverages, illegal drug use or off-campus bars/taverns may appear on any poster, sign, flyer, or social media posting (except programming/prevention messaging from approved offices within University departments). This includes, but is not limited to, College Night, Drink Specials, BYOB or Your Favorite Beverage. Student organizations or student initiatives that involve election campaigns are also not allowed to reference alcoholic beverages or off-campus bars/taverns as part of election marketing.
a. Driver’s License
b. State Issued Identification
d. Military Identification
4. Hosts must prominently display information regarding North Carolina state law regarding alcohol use.
5. No alcohol is permitted at formal recruitment functions.
6. Groups holding social functions at any off-campus location where alcohol is available must abide by all applicable laws and be aware that their organization represents Wake Forest University. The group may be held accountable for its actions and the actions of its members through the University judicial process.
7. Alcoholic beverages may not be stored/held in lounges at any time other than during an officially registered social function.
8. Alcoholic beverages for social events sponsored by student organizations may not be purchased with Student Activity Fee (SAF) or Student Budget Advisory Committee (SBAC) funds. Student Government and Student Union may utilize SBAC funding to purchase alcohol for Campus-wide events in accordance with University event planning guidelines for undergraduate organizations.
9. All social function hosts are responsible for knowing and following the Guidelines for Hosting Social Functions.
Alcoholic Beverage: Any liquid containing at least one-half percent (0.5%) alcohol by volume, including beer, wine, liquor, or mixed drinks.
Alcohol and/Other Drug Misuse: Use of alcohol or other drugs that results in behaviors, physical signs, and medical consequences, including but not limited to: staggering, difficulty standing or walking, slurred speech, passing out, blackouts (loss of memory), vomiting, retching, bloodshot and/or glassy eyes, strong odor of alcohol, physical injuries, or other medical problems.
Alcohol Paraphernalia: Any item used to distribute, conceal, and/or ingest alcohol. For those under the age of 21, alcohol paraphernalia includes empty primary containers?
Bar/Tavern: An establishment for the sale of beer and other drinks to be consumed on the premises, sometimes also serving food for which >50% of revenue comes from the sale of alcohol.
BYOB: A social event where individuals bring their own alcoholic beverage. If an event is designated as “BYOB,” collective purchasing of alcohol (by members or non-members of the sponsoring organizations) is prohibited.
Common Source: Kegs, coolers, and similar containers of Alcoholic Beverages intended to serve as a source of such beverages for multiple persons at a party or other gathering.
Drug: A chemical substance used in the treatment, cure, prevention, or diagnosis of disease or used to otherwise enhance physical or mental well-being; a habit-forming medicinal or illicit substance, especially a narcotic.
Drug Paraphernalia: Any item used to distribute, conceal, and/or ingest drugs.
Possession: Transportation, ownership, or consumption of an alcoholic beverage.
Primary Container: The original packaging in which an alcoholic beverage is distributed by the manufacturer.
Punch: A beverage consisting of wine and/or spirits mixed with fruit juice, soda, water, milk, or the like, and/or flavored with sugar, spices, etc.
Public Display: The public possession and/or consumption of opened alcoholic beverages in any public or unregistered area of campus.
Public Intoxication: the state of being under the influence of alcohol in the presence of others to the point of stupor, disorderly behavior, poor coordination, or sickness. Public intoxication is considered to be alcohol abuse.
Registered: Any social event that has been approved and recorded by the Office of Student Engagement, or other appropriate office.
Secondary Container: Any device into which an Alcoholic Beverage has been transferred from its primary container. Also, any cup or container used that conceals the identity of the Alcoholic Beverage (such as a Koozie).
Student Organization: Any University-recognized organization, club or otherwise formally or informally structured student group.
Unfortified Wine: Wines that contain 16% or less alcohol by volume.