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Lake Superior State University Alcohol Policy

Alcohol Policy

Unauthorized possession, use, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages on or in University property is forbidden.

  • The sale of/or providing alcoholic beverages to minors is illegal.
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol is not permitted on campus by any person who is under 21 years of age.
  • Furnishing alcohol to an obviously or visibly intoxicated person, regardless of age, is prohibited.
  • Consumption of alcohol by those 21 years of age or older is permitted only in accordance with University Housing policy.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at athletic events, concerts or any other event open to the campus community or general public, without prior authorization.
  • Student organization funds will not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Violations of the above regulations will constitute a violation of the Lake Superior State University Alcohol Policy.

Alcoholic Beverage Policy for Approved University Functions

  • Information is available from LSSU’s Walker Cisler Student and Conference Center .
  • Consumption of alcohol is permitted by those 21 years of age or older on campus during an approved University function.
  • Non-profit organizations that receive a special liquor license may serve alcohol.
  • Alcohol must be served by LSSU Food Service personnel. Activity participants are not permitted to supply their own beverages.
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at athletic events, concerts or any other event open to the campus community or general public, without prior authorization.
  • Kegs of any size or any common source of alcoholic beverages are not permitted on campus without University approval.
  • University funds will not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  • The use of alcohol in the teaching of LSSU courses is permitted when the instruction occurs in an academic building of the University. The course must be under the supervision of a faculty member, the purpose must be solely educational, and the beverage must be a legal one as defined by the Michigan Liquor Control Act.
  • Advertising in University publications or publicized notice on or off campus of the availability of alcoholic beverages at any event sponsored by a University group or individual is prohibited.

University Housing Policy

  • Brady Hall, Osborn Hall and the Student Village are alcohol-free living areas; no intoxication, consumption or possession of alcohol or alcohol containers is permitted.
  • Possession or consumption of alcohol is permitted by those residents 21 years of age or older in Moloney, Neveu and Marquette Halls, Row Houses and Townhouses where all residents are at least 21 years of age. Alcohol is not to be consumed when underage guests are present. Possession or consumption of alcohol is not permitted in rooms or apartments where any resident is under 21 years of age.
  • Social events, (parties, large gatherings, etc.) allowing alcohol are not permitted in any University Housing facility where minors are present.
  • Students in possession of alcohol containers will be considered in violation whether or not the containers contain an alcoholic beverage.
  • Possession of open alcohol beverage containers outside living units is not permitted.
  • Alcoholic beverages in factory sealed containers may be transported by individuals (21 years or older) from off campus directly to approved residences.
  • A common source of alcohol (kegs, trash cans, etc.) or quantities of alcohol determined to be excessive by University personnel is not permitted on campus grounds.
  • Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests.
  • All provisions of state law pertaining to possession and use of alcohol, furnishing of alcoholic beverages to minors, and falsification of an I.D. for the purchase of alcoholic beverages will be enforced.
  • Social events (parties, large gatherings, etc.) may be terminated at any time at the discretion of University staff.
  • Intoxication, disruptive behavior and/or damage related to the consumption of alcohol is in violation of University policy and will be treated under the University’s Code of Student Conduct and/or criminal laws.

Off-campus Activities

The University accepts no responsibility for the use or distribution of alcoholic beverages at off-campus social functions sponsored by University-related organizations or individuals.

All persons planning or attending such an off-campus activity should be aware of the alcoholic beverage laws that apply to the situation. Each person participating in the activity assumes responsibility for his or her own actions. Violations of pertinent alcoholic beverage laws may result in disciplinary action by both the University and the civil authorities.

Parental Notification

In October of 1998, Congress passed an amendment to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) which allows an institution of higher education to disclose to parents or legal guardians of a student, information involving a violation of federal, state or local law, or a rule or policy of the institution governing the use or possession of alcohol and/or other drugs if the student is under the age of 21 and the institution has determined that a disciplinary violation occurred. In response to the recent alcohol-related tragedies in the State of Michigan and across the country, LSSU has adopted this Parental Notification policy.

Alcohol Disciplinary Sanctions

Sanctions may be imposed upon a student for an infraction of the LSSU Alcohol Policy. These sanctions do not preclude criminal prosecution resulting from violations of federal, state or local laws. Students are cautioned that significant and timely sanctions will be imposed for all alcohol violations. Sanctions will include fines, alcohol education, suspension from the residence halls and/or suspension from the University. In addition, parents or legal guardians may be notified of sanctions at the conclusion of a disciplinary case.

Any of the following constitute a violation of LSSU’s alcohol policy:

  • Underage consumption of alcohol or possession of alcohol or alcohol containers regardless of their contents (containing any liquid or no liquid)
  • Intoxication
  • Open container of alcohol in public areas.
  • Hosting a party or guests involving the illegal use of alcohol
  • Dispensing alcohol to minors
  • Driving while under the influences of alcohol or in possession of alcohol

Sanctions for Students Violating Alcohol Policy

First Offense Second Offense Third Offense Fourth Offense
Alcohol Education Alcohol Education Counseling Referral University Suspension for a minimum of one year
$50 fine Counseling Referral University Probation or Suspension (minimum 1 year) Counseling and/or additional developmental requirements for reinstatement
Documentation Filed $100 fine $200 fine $250 fine
Possible Relocation or Removal from Housing Possible Relocation or Removal from Housing Removal from University Housing Parents May Be Notified

Parents May Be Notified



Parents May Be Notified Parents May Be Notified Documentation Filed



Behavioral Agreement Behavioral Agreement
Documentation Filed Documentation Filed

Other Liability Involving Alcohol

Civil (Dram Shop) Liability
Students should also be aware that civil liability may be incurred when the sale or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person is found to be the proximate cause of damage, injury or death of an innocent person. Such liability may arise independently of any University sanctions or prosecution under local, state or federal.

Infractions of State Law

Students may be prosecuted under state and local laws pertaining to alcohol consumption, use, possession, manufacture or furnishing to minors. University policy does not supercede such action.

Health Risks Related to Alcohol and Other Drugs

Drug use can start out as experimentation or casual use and can progress into problem use and dependence. The abuse of alcohol and other drugs can erode the foundation of the University’s goals and objectives and diminishes the personal attainment of intellectual, social, physical and moral growth and development.

This includes:

  • Psychological and/or physical dependence.
  • Impaired learning ability, memory loss, inability to solve complex problems.
  • Inability to perform sexually, infertility problems.
  • Increased risk of sexually transmitted diseases (including AIDS).
  • Complications due to the combination of prescription medication and other drugs or alcohol.
  • Death, coma or toxic reactions especially when combining alcohol with any other drug, including over-the-counter medicine or prescriptions.
  • Guilt/regret over activities performed while under the influence of alcohol/drugs, i.e., regretting sexual encounters, fighting, risk-taking, legal difficulties.
  • Organic damage to brain, cardiovascular system, liver, etc.
  • Increased risk of cancer.
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome, birth or genetic defects.
  • Psychosis (hallucinations, loss of contact with reality, extreme changes in personality).
  • Diet deficiencies.
  • Other physiological, psychological or interpersonal problems.

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts, including assaults and spouse and child abuse. Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairments in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Very high doses cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects just described.

Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations and convulsions. Alcohol withdrawal can be life-threatening. Long-term consumption of large quantities of alcohol, particularly when combined with poor nutrition, also can lead to permanent damage to vital organs such as the brain and the liver.

Campus and Community Resources

  • Health Services, 635-2110
  • LSSU Public Safety Department, 635-2210
  • Counseling services, 635-2752
  • Campus Life Office, 635-2411
Chippewa County Resources
  • Alcoholics Anonymous 906-495-7220
  • Great Lakes Recovery Centers 632-9809
  • New Hope Residential Treatment Centers 635-5542
  • Upper Michigan Behavioral Health 632-0008

Web Resources

Alcoholics Anonymous

EUP Alcohol Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. There are no age or education requirements. Membership is open to anyone who wants to do something about his or her drinking problem.

SAMHSA: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

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