Student Health And Counseling Services

Alcohol and Other Drug Policies and Information



UWRF STANDARDS OF CONDUCT : The University of Wisconsin System and University of Wisconsin-River Falls prohibit the unlawful possession, use, distribution, manufacture, or dispensing of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees on University property or as part of University activities. The use or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on University premises, except in faculty and staff housing and as expressly permitted by the chief administrative officer or under institutional regulations, in accordance with s. UWS 18.09(1)(a), Wis. Adm. Code. Without exception, alcohol consumption is governed by Wisconsin statutory age restrictions under s. UWS 18.09(1)(b), Wis. Adm. Code. The unlawful use, possession, distribution, manufacture or dispensing of illicit drugs ("controlled substances" as defined in ch. 161, Wis. Stats.,) is prohibited in accordance with s. UWS 18.09(2), Wis. Adm., Code. Violation of these provisions by a student may lead to the imposition of a disciplinary sanction, up to and including suspension or expulsion, under s. UWS 17.10, Wis. Adm. Code. University employees are also subject to disciplinary sanctions for violation of these provisions occurring on university property or the worksite or during work time, up to and including termination from employment. Disciplinary sanctions are initiated and imposed in accordance with applicable procedural requirements and work rules, as set forth in Wisconsin statutes, administrative rules, faculty and academic staff policies, and collective bargaining agreements. Referral for prosecution under criminal law is also possible. Further, violations of ss. UWS 18.09, Wis. Adm. Code may result in additional penalties as allowed under ch. UWS 18, Wis. Adm. Code. Employees who are convicted of any criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace must notify their dean, director or department chair within 5 days of the conviction if the employees are employed by the University at the time of the conviction.

For more information, see UWRF Student Conduct and Community Standards web page.

STATE OF WISCONSIN AND FEDERAL LEGAL SANCTIONS : The Uniform Controlled Substances Act, Chapter 961 of the Wisconsin Statutes, regulates controlled substances and outlines specific penalties for the violation of regulations. A first-time conviction for possession of a controlled substance can result in a sentence of up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Sec. 961.41, Stats. A person convicted of manufacturing a controlled substance, delivering a controlled substance, or possessing a controlled substance with the intent to manufacture or deliver, can be imprisoned for up to 30 years and fined up to $1,000,000. Sec. 961.41, Stats. Penalties vary according to the type of drug involved, the amount of drug confiscated, the number of previous convictions, and the presence of any aggravating factors. The distribution of a controlled substance to a minor can lead to the doubling of an authorized sentence term. Section 961.46(1), Stats.

Wisconsin has formidable legal sanctions that restrict the use of alcohol in various situations. It is illegal to procure for, sell, dispense or give away alcohol to anyone who has not reached the legal drinking age of 21 years. Sec. 125.07(1)(a)(1), Stats. Every adult has a legal obligation to prevent the illegal consumption of alcohol on premises owned by the adult or under the adult's control. Section 125.07(1)(a)(3), Stats. A first-time violator of either of the above subsections can be fined up to $500. It is against the law for an underage person to procure or attempt to procure an alcoholic beverage, to falsely represent his or her age for the purpose of obtaining alcohol, to enter premises licensed to sell alcohol, or to consume or possess alcohol on licensed premises. Sec. 125.07(4), Stats. A first-time underage violator of section 125.07(4) can be fined up to $500, ordered to participate in a supervised work program, and have their driver's license suspended.

The federal government has recently revised the penalties against drug possession and trafficking through its Federal Sentencing Guidelines that reduce the discretion that federal judges may use in sentencing offenders of federal drug statutes. Under these guidelines, courts can sentence a person for up to 6 years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams) of marijuana. A sentence of life imprisonment can result from a conviction of possession of a controlled substance that results in death or bodily injury. Possession of more than 5 grams of cocaine can trigger an intent to distribute penalty of 10-16 years in prison, U.S.S.G. s. 2D2(b)(1).

Health Effects of Drugs and Alcohol: The abuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs can result in serious health problems. The use of alcohol and other drugs may impede the learning and work process and can be disruptive for individuals other than the user. Early intervention and treatment of drug and alcohol abuse is in the best interest of the all students, employees and the university. More information on drugs can be found at: The following is a partial list of drugs and the potential consequences of their use.


Health Risks of Commonly Abused Substances



Nicknames/Slang Terms and Street Names

Risks/Long Term Effects



Toxic psychosis, physical dependence, neurological and liver damage, fetal alcohol syndrome


uppers, speed, meth, crack, crystal, ice, pep pills

loss of appetite, delusions, hallucinations, heart problems, hypertension, irritability, insomnia, toxic psychosis

Barbiturates and


barbs, bluebirds, blues, yellow jackets, red devils, roofies, rohypnol, ruffies,

tranqs, mickey, flying v's

severe withdrawal symptoms, possible convulsions, toxic psychosis,

depression, physical dependence


coke, cracks, snow, powder, blow, rock

loss of appetite, depression, weight loss, seizure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, hallucinations, psychosis, chronic cough, nasal passage injury

Gamma Hydroxy


GHB, liquid B, liquid X, liquid ecstasy,G, georgia homeboy, grievous bodily


memory loss, depression, severe withdrawal symptoms


H, junk, smack, horse, skag

physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy


K, super K, special K

major convulsions, muscle rigidity


acid, stamps, dots, blotter, A-bombs

may intensify existing psychosis, panic reactions, can interfere with

psychological adjustment and social functioning, insomnia


ecstasy, XTC, adam, X, rolls, pills

same as LSD, sleeplessness, nausea, confusion, increased blood pressure, sweating


pot, grass, dope, weed, joint, bud, reefer, doobie, roach

bronchitis, conjunctivitis (inflammation of the conjunctiva", lethargy, shortened attention span, cancer


peyote cactus

may intensify existing psychosis, hallucinations at high dose


M, morf

physical dependence, constipation, loss of appetite

Oxycontin/ Oxycodone


high abuse potential, euphoric effects, mitigate pain, and avoid withdrawal symptoms associated with oxycodone or heroin abstinence


crystal, tea, angel dust

psychotic behavior, violent acts, psychosis, hallucinations at high dose

Prescription Drugs


If not taken as directed and abused, they can lead to sluggishness or hyperactivity, impaired reflexes, addiction and brain damage


magic mushrooms, shrooms

may intensify existing psychosis, confusion, memory loss, shortened attention span, flashbacks


roids, juice

Cholesterol imbalance, acne, baldness, anger management problems, masculinization of women, breast enlargement in men, premature fusion of long bones preventing attainment of normal height, atrophy of reproductive organs, impotence, reduced fertility, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, liver damage

RESOURCES FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL ABUSE TREATMENT: The Wisconsin Clearinghouse for Prevention Resources , provides f ree educational materials on a wide range of topics including alcohol and other drugs for Wisconsin residents . You can request a pamphlet by calling (608) 262-9157 or (800) 248-9244.

UWRF Counseling Services, 254 Rodli Hall, 715-425-3884,
 Appointments are available to currently enrolled UWRF students. Services are confidential, free, and provided by professional staff. Alcohol and other drug assessments are available for currently enrolled students (charge for required assessments). Human Resources administers the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) ( EAP is a referral service for employees and their families who need help with personal problems.

Local facilities that provide treatment for drug and alcohol addiction include:

Programs for Change
Hudson Hospital and Clinics
Hudson, WI
(715) 531-6755

Pierce County Human Services
Ellsworth, WI
(715) 273-6770

St. Croix County Human Services
New Richmond, WI
(715) 246-8209

November 2020

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Student Health and Counseling Services
Student Health Services: 715-425-3293
Counseling Services: 715-425-3884
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