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EWU Policy 602-01 Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention dated December 3, 2013

Chapter 172-64 WAC, Alcohol Policy at Eastern Washington University Revised June 30, 2014

Note: WAC is an abbreviation of "Washington Administrative Code"

Selected Sections

172-64-010 Policy: Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, sold, served, and/or consumed on university owned or operated property and/or at university sponsored events and activities only as provided for in this chapter. Members of the university community are responsible for complying with these rules as well as all state laws regarding the use, possession and/or distribution of alcohol. The university will respond to reported or suspected violations of these rules and take appropriate action, up to and including referral to law enforcement agencies for criminal prosecution. University employees, students, and student organizations are subject to disciplinary action for violations of these rules and associated state laws, local ordinances, and university policies.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.35.120(12). WSR 14-24-037, § 172-64-010, filed 11/24/14, effective 12/25/14; WSR 03-18-070, § 172-64-010, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03.]

172-64-020 Alcohol use in university residence halls:

(1) Applicability. This section establishes rules for alcoholic beverages in residence halls that are owned or operated by Eastern Washington University.

(2) General policy. Persons, who are at least twenty-one years old, may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in the privacy of individual residence hall rooms subject to the requirements of this section.

(3) Restrictions. (a) Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in any areas of residence halls outside of individual rooms including, but not limited to, hallways, entrances, corridors, lounges, and reception areas. (b) Doors to individual residence hall rooms must remain closed while alcohol is being consumed. (c) Kegs, common source containers, and nonalcoholic brews such as "near beer" are prohibited. (d) Selling or providing alcohol to minors is prohibited. (e) Alcohol is prohibited in any residence hall room where any student living in the room is under twenty-one years old, regardless of whether the under-age student is present or not. (f) Alcohol may not be consumed in any room where any person present is under twenty-one years old. (g) Alcohol may not be consumed in any area designated as alcohol-free housing. (h) Residents in Brewster Hall, who are at least twenty-one years old, may have alcohol in their individual room but not in their common room areas if any of their suitemates are under twenty-one. (i) Vendors may not deliver alcohol to residence halls or any other campus area except as provided for in WAC 172-64-090. (j) Alcohol must not be visible to the public when carried into a residence hall. (k) Alcohol containers may not be used as decorative pieces in residence halls. (l) Students shall comply with reasonable requests by university staff to provide identification, proof of age, and/or show contents of a container when requested. (m) Possession and consumption of alcohol in the privacy of individual residence hall rooms must not infringe on the privacy and peace of other individuals. (n) Residence hall or housing funds may not be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.

(4) Alcohol-free housing. Per RCW 28B.10.575, the university shall notify all students applying for student housing of the availability of housing where all alcoholic beverage use is prohibited. The university shall accommodate student requests for alcohol-free housing.

(5) Awareness. The university shall distribute to students in university residence halls the process for reporting violations and complaints of alcohol and illegal drug use, the policies and procedures for investigating such complaints, and sanctions that may be applied for violations of the institution's alcohol and illegal drug use policies.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.35.120(12). WSR 15-14-077, § 172-64-020, filed 6/29/15, effective 7/30/15; WSR 14-24-037, § 172-64-020, filed 11/24/14, effective 12/25/14; WSR 03-18-070, § 172-64-020, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03.]

172-64-050 Alcohol use during group trips:

(1) This section applies to the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by university employees and/or students when participating in a university sponsored or supported group trip including, but not limited to, group attendance at conferences, conventions, seminars, training, field trips, etc.

(2) Unless an exception has been granted per subsection (3) of this section, during supervised periods of a group trip (e.g., when work, instruction, or official business is being conducted) employees and students shall not possess or consume alcohol.

(3) Exceptions may be granted if the trip involves attending a function where the consumption of alcohol is a cultural or social expectation. Examples of such functions include, but are not limited to, receptions, cultural exchanges, and professional gatherings. Requests for exceptions must be made to the appropriate vice-president. For approved requests, participants must: (a) Comply with all applicable local laws; and (b) Comply with all additional requirements and/or instructions provided as a condition of the approval.

(4) Notwithstanding any other rules or exceptions under this policy, university employees and students shall not: (a) Consume alcohol during any period of time when they are responsible for the care and/or transportation of other group members; (b) Transport alcoholic beverages in any vehicle, including personal and rental vehicles, used in support of a group trip.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.35.120(12). WSR 15-14-077, § 172-64-050, filed 6/29/15, effective 7/30/15; WSR 14-24-037, § 172-64-050, filed 11/24/14, effective 12/25/14; WSR 03-18-070, § 172-64-050, filed 8/29/03, effective 9/29/03.]



172-64-120 Violations of local, state, and federal law: Violations of local, state, and federal law may be referred to local law enforcement. Violations that might lead to consultation with local law enforcement officials for possible prosecution include the following:

1.      Use of alcohol by minors;

2.      Alcohol-related behavior that is dangerous, destructive, disruptive, or illegal;

3.      Use of or furnishing of false identification to purchase or be served alcohol;

4.      Furnishing alcohol to anyone under twenty-one years of age.

Violations involving students will be reported to the dean of students.

172-64-130 Student violations of the university alcohol policy: Student violations of the university alcohol policy will be considered violations of the student conduct code. A broad range of consequences can be considered. For individual students, consequences can include:

1.      Mandatory attendance at a prevention education program;

2.      Loss of privileges, restitution, community service, and/or fines;

3.      Eviction from university owned or controlled housing;

4.      Suspension and/or dismissal from the university, or;

5.      Some combination of the above.

For student groups, possible consequences can include:

1.      Suspension of privileges;

2.      Probation;

3.      Fines;

4.      Removal of officers from office;

5.      Elimination of student fee support from the university; and

6.      Suspension, or forced disbandment.

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