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Drugs and Narcotics

The possession, use or sale of drugs and narcotics, including marijuana, as specified by the State of Alaska and federal laws and regulations, is not allowed on campus, including in student residences. The possession, use, or sale of illegal substances is not condoned by the university. Any individual(s) involved in such actions will be subject to serious disciplinary sanctions.

Students found guilty of selling or distributing drugs on or off campus, including prescription medications, will be subject to immediate eviction from Student Housing and possible suspension from the university.

Students found to be using drugs, to be under the influence of drugs, to be misusing intoxicating substances (such as huffing), or to have drugs or drug paraphernalia in their possession will (for the first offense) be fined $150 or submitting to counseling and random drug testing at their expense. Students found guilty of subsequent offenses will be evicted from Student Housing and subject to suspension from the institution.

In cases where students deny responsibility for the use or possession of drugs despite contradictory evidence, they will be asked by the Residence Life Manager to submit to a urinalysis drug test. Students are not required to take a urinalysis exam, but the election not to take the exam will be treated the same as an admission of guilt when judicial hearings are conducted and sanctioning is assigned. Students should keep in mind that traces of THC and other drugs may remain in the body for up to 30 days after consumption, so a student who has used illegal drugs even in the past may test positive for drug use.

Alcohol In The Housing Community

Residents over 21 years old will have the privilege to consume alcoholic beverages in student housing  so long as this privilege does not interfere with the basic purposes, functions and environment of the University or the Housing community. These basic purposes would include the departmental efforts to encourage the intellectual, ethical and social growth of its residents; to allow for substantial areas of personal freedom for residents to know and practice standards of mature behavior, yet assure that such behavior does not infringe upon other residents’ rights to privacy and to study/rest within their units; and to acknowledge the behavior of residents as one of the factors which gives witness to the academic excellence and campus culture of the University and its attractiveness as a place for teaching and learning.  PLEASE READ THE IMPORTANT GUIDELINES BELOW.

Alcohol Policy for Over-21 Residents

Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, or consumed, by members of the Housing community who are of legal status to possess or consume such beverages as defined by the laws of the State of Alaska.  Consumption and possession of alcohol beverages is restricted to apartments designated as “Over-21 Units.” Alcoholic beverages are NOT to be possessed or consumed at any time or place in UAS Student Housing or its buildings unless specifically authorized by the provisions of this policy.  Residents who are unsure of their unit status or who wish to request a status change (after the last ‘under 21’ roommate celebrates his/her 21st birthday) should consult with Residence Life Staff.

  1. Students eligible to possess or consume alcoholic beverages are to do so only within the privacy of the apartments of students who can legally possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Any apartment in which all residents are of legal age will be designated an “Over-21 Unit,”, and can thereby host the consumption of alcohol by any persons of legal age. An apartment in which even one resident is under the age of 21 shall be designated an “Under-21 Unit,” and will remain a substance-free apartment until such time that all roommates are over-21.
  2. Alcohol is not to be stored or consumed in an “Under-21 Unit,” even in private rooms of those residents who are over the age of 21.
  3. The entirety of Banfield Hall is a substance-free facility.
  4. Consumption of alcoholic beverages “in the privacy of (a resident’s) apartment” is interpreted to mean only within the apartment, with the door to the apartment closed, and with no more than 12 persons in an apartment at one time.
  5. Students under 21 years of age may not be present in an “Over-21 Unit” when alcohol containers are open and/or alcohol is being consumed. At no time shall the number of occupants at any gathering exceed the safe occupancy limit for the room or units used.
  6. Up to 20 individuals over the age of 21 may be present when alcohol is being consumed if the residents of the apartment register the gathering as a party. See Party Registration.
  7. Any gathering that does not exceed three times the occupancy of the unit (12 people total) need not be registered as a party. See Parties & Party Registration.
  8. No common sources of alcohol or other concentrations of alcohol which require a common container are allowed on the campus or any of its facilities, e.g., “trash cans.” Containers requiring the use of a “tap system” are also not allowed on the campus or in any of its facilities. Kegs and similar containers may not even be present when empty, used as furniture or decoration, etc. Likewise, excessive amounts of liquor bottles in any single apartment may be considered a common source of alcohol. Individuals found to be responsible for common sources of alcohol will be fined $250 each.
  9. Alcohol is not to be consumed on porches, roofs, decks or other exterior structures of living units, nor on their lawns or grounds. Alcohol is not to be consumed in common areas within the Housing complex, including anywhere in the Lodge or in outdoor common areas such as the pavilion, the basketball court, sidewalks, or parking lot.
  10. Students under the age of 21 who are found in the presence of alcohol, or who appear to be intoxicated, may be asked to take a breathalyzer exam unless they willingly admit guilt. Students are not required to take a breathalyzer exam, but the election not to take the exam will be treated the same as an admission of guilt when judicial hearings are conducted and sanctioning is assigned. Any alcohol found to be in the possession or presence of under-21 year-old individuals will be disposed of immediately.
  11. Residents under the age of 21 may not possess or transport empty bottles or alcohol containers, nor any glass or container in which alcohol residue or remnants can be detected. These materials will be considered alcohol paraphernalia and be confiscated by the responding staff members.
  12. Distilling, fermenting, and brewing beer and other spirits are not permitted on premises.
  13. Public intoxication and disorderly conduct of an intoxicated individual, including a resident who may legally consume alcohol, will not be tolerated.
  14. The consumption of alcohol by non-residents of an illegal age, especially minors under the age of 18, will be reported to the police.
  15. The use of alcohol as an inducement to participate in an event on campus is prohibited. Any advertisement or invitation for an event where alcoholic beverages are served shall prominently note the availability of nonalcoholic beverages also. Any such advertisement or invitation shall not make reference to the amount of alcoholic beverages available at the event.
  16. The violation of any portion of this alcohol policy may result in the search of the living unit where the violation was found to take place, especially in designated under-21 residences.

Alcohol Containers for Decorative Use

The use of alcohol bottles for decorations is prohibited for all units regardless of age of resident.  [See #4 under “Alcohol Policy for Over-21 Residents” – empty containers used as decoration could be counted towards (or interfere with) establishing what is a reasonable amount of alcohol present in a unit.  Containers that have been permanently modified to be made into items, such as a lamp, may be acceptable.] Other alcohol-related decorations, such as posters, clocks and signs, are permitted, but they should not be visible outside of the unit.  When in doubt, ask the Residence Life Staff.

Smoking Policy

All enclosed buildings within the Housing complex, including Banfield Hall, the Housing Lodge and the apartments, are smoke-free.  Smoking within the residential units carries a steep penalty in addition to cleaning charges.

  1. Tobacco use is prohibited in every Student Housing building, including student residences, as well as in the Residence Life-managed university vehicles. Students found to have been smoking in their room or apartment will be charged a $250 fee and may be assessed a fee to cover professional cleaning costs of the room, shampooing of the carpeting, etc.

  2. No smoking should occur within 20 feet of public entrances, or where others have no choice but to come within 20 feet of the smoker in order to access public entrances, such as on the Banfield Hall entry bridge or on the front steps of the Lodge. Smokers are also asked to smoke away from open windows. Those smoking outside should dispose of cigarette butts in the proper receptacles or ash trays.

  3. Residents smoking on apartment porches should be courteous of neighbors and roommates who need to enter or leave their apartments. Residents are responsible for proper disposal of cigarette butts outside apartments. A coffee can or other such “cigarette butt” can may be stored on the porch. Smokers of an apartment that is found at the end of the academic year to have cigarette butts under the snow grate or around the porch that must be removed by staff will be charged a cleaning fee. Similarly, they will be charged for any repainting that needs to be done on the porches due to burns and cigarettes being put out on walls, steps, or railings.


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