Alcohol Policy

Policy Regarding the Use of Alcohol and Illegal Drugs by Members of the University Community

The mission of Northern Michigan University is to create and maintain an academic community where the best teaching and learning are available.  Inherent in this mission are numerous challenges, not the least of which is managing the misuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs by members of the university  community and their guests.  In meeting this challenge, NMU:  (1) supports state laws regarding the possession and use of alcoholic beverages and illegal drugs, (2) recognizes that most people in the university community behave responsibly when it comes to the use of alcohol and other drugs, (3) affirms that the decision to drink alcohol or use drugs is a matter of personal choice and responsibility, (4) realizes alcohol and illicit drug use are influenced by many factors, (5) acknowledges that many serious personal and social problems are associated with misuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs, and (6) realizes that the efforts to address those problems need to be reviewed continuously.

NMU is firmly against the misuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs.  The negative effect on relationships, individual performance, health, safety, and on the overall quality of the university community resulting from the misuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs cannot be tolerated.  It is recognized that the quality of the university's environment rests with all members of the community.  In view of this, students, faculty, and staff must establish community standards and practices that insist upon responsible behavior from those who choose to use alcohol, support those who choose not to use alcohol or illicit drugs and conduct themselves as appropriate role models.

In order to minimize the negative impact alcohol and illegal drug use have on the campus learning environment, the goals for the NMU with regard to alcohol and drug use are:

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To establish and maintain a campus environment where healthy lifestyle choices are made by all members of the university community.

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To support members of the university community who choose not to use alcohol or drugs.

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To encourage members of the university community to create and participate in activities which are substance free.

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To educate members of the university community about the effects of alcohol and other drug use.

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To enforce on university property applicable laws and regulations regarding alcohol and other drug use.

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To provide assistance (e.g., intervention, assessment, training, counseling, and/or referral) for members of the university community with regard to drug use and problem alcohol use.

 

These goals must be taken into consideration when existing policies, procedures and practices pertaining to alcohol and illicit drug use are reviewed and new ones are developed.