The University of Wisconsin-River Falls is committed to providing a residence hall environment which promotes personal as well as community development. We are concerned with the safety and welfare of all members of the University community and desire to support responsible choices involving the consumption of alcohol and non-alcohol beverages. The possession and/or consumption of alcohol beverages in moderation is a privilege for residents of legal drinking age in private living quarters. Resident rights to privacy, sleep, and study within their own rooms will be honored. Loud and/or disruptive behavior, interference with the cleanliness of the residence halls, or drinking habits which are injurious to the health or welfare of an individual or to those within the community will result in disciplinary action or referral. The unlawful use, manufacture, sale, distribution or possession of alcohol and controlled substances by all students is prohibited. Repercussions for underage drinking, underage possession of alcohol and providing alcohol to persons under the legal drinking may be severe.
State Law Governing the Possession or Consumption of Alcohol Beverages
The legal drinking age in Wisconsin is 21.
Alcohol Beverages in Student Rooms
Alcohol may be possessed or consumed in student rooms by those residents and their invited guests who are 21 years of age or older. Residence hall students of legal drinking age, or guests of legal drinking age, who consume alcohol in residence hall rooms must abide by other rules and regulations, including federal and state laws regarding procuring, selling, or distributing alcohol to persons under the age of 21 that prevail and must also be considerate of others. Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.
The following are considered violations of the Residence Hall Alcohol Policy:
Possession or consumption of alcohol beverages by persons under 21.
Persons under the legal drinking age are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol beverages of any kind. Those found to be in violation of the alcohol statutes may be cited. If all residents in a room or in extended housing are UNDER the legal drinking age, or if a resident of a single room is under legal drinking age, NO alcohol will be permitted in the room (this is considered a “dry” room). No guest, regardless of age, may possess or consume alcohol in rooms where both residents are under the age of 21. If a person of legal age and a person underage are roommates, alcohol may be present in the room, but only in the possession of the legal age person.
In the presence of alcohol by persons under 21. Students under the legal drinking age found to be in the presence of alcohol in the Residence Halls will be considered in violations of the alcohol policy and referred to the student conduct process. Any student, regardless of age, found in the presence of underage consumption or possession may also be referred to the student conduct process
Manufacturing/Distribution/Sales of Alcoholic Beverages. Distribution of alcoholic beverages to person underage is prohibited. No person is permitted to manufacture or sell alcoholic beverages in residence halls.
Transporting Alcoholic Beverages. Alcohol must be transported to and from student rooms in sealed containers by persons of legal drinking age. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted outside of student rooms. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in floor lounges, basements, stairwells, or other common areas is prohibited.
Alcohol Containers/Paraphernalia. Large amounts of alcohol and common source alcohol containers (e.g. kegs, party balls, half-kegs) are prohibited in all residence halls. Paraphernalia to deliver large quantities of alcohol or rapid intake of alcohol (e.g. funnels, beer bongs, etc.) are not permitted in the residence halls. Students under legal drinking age are prohibited from possessing or displaying empty alcohol containers.
Inappropriate behavior while under the influence of alcohol. Causing a disturbance, endangering the safety of self or others, incapacitation, and/or the need for medical attention as a result of alcohol or other drug use, regardless of age, is considered a violation of policy.