Carthage College adheres to the laws of the State of Wisconsin with regard to the consumption of alcohol, thereby recognizing that individuals under the age of 21 are not of legal drinking age. Given that the majority of the student body at Carthage is under the legal age for purposes of the possession or consumption of alcohol, the College policy is designed to accommodate that majority.

Inappropriate public display of signs, posters, or other objects with references to alcohol, drugs, and accumulations of containers (i.e., bottles, cans, kegs, and boxes) are prohibited.

Student organizations are responsible for adhering to the Alcohol and Other Drug policy. In addition to individual student sanctions, organizations may be subject to a conduct process for hosting an event or promoting an environment that violates this policy.

All violations of Carthage policies or state and federal laws are subject to sanction under the community code. The students’ rights and responsibilities outlined herein will be adhered to as the standard administrative practice regarding student discipline and students’ rights. The entire campus community must assume the role of promoting and enforcing a sense of personal responsibility and exhibiting responsible behavior toward the consumption of alcohol and other drugs.

1. The possession, manufacture, sale, use, consumption, or delivery of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances, or paraphernalia associated with the use of alcohol or other controlled substances by students on the campus of Carthage is prohibited (except; as noted in number 7, on the following page). This paraphernalia includes but is not limited to: bottles and cans that contain or previously contained alcohol; bongs or devices used for drinking or smoking; “bar like” or game table structures, tappers, kegs, waste containers in excess of 5 gallons. The rule will be strictly enforced.

2. Use or possession of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances by students off campus is governed and controlled by the laws of the state and/or local law enforcement agencies. Carthage will cooperate with state and/or local law enforcement agencies and owners or proprietors of bars, taverns, restaurants, or other establishments to counteract known violations of College policy and state and local laws by students or student groups associated with the College.

3. Students in the presence of alcohol and/or other drugs, but not using will be subject to the same disciplinary action under the AODA policy. The college will also consider all individuals found in a public location where alcohol and/or other drugs is present to be in violation of AODA policy.

4. Undesirable conduct stemming from off-campus usage of AODA is subject to disciplinary action by the College, as outlined herein.

5. Any group or organization which permits undesirable conduct stemming from on-campus or off-campus AODA usage is subject to disciplinary action by the College, as outlined herein.

6. The residence halls at Carthage shall be considered student Alcohol and Drug-free zones at all times. The College reserves the right to inspect any and all parcels brought onto campus, to confiscate alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances and the paraphernalia associated with the use of alcohol and other controlled substances, and initiate disciplinary procedures. Carthage respects each student’s right to privacy but reserves the right to inspect students’ rooms and packages as outlined in the “Student Room Entry” procedure. Examples of probable cause are odor, loud noise, observable alcohol and/or other drugs, or other evidence of drug usage. In the event of an incident, all containers and paraphernalia previously outlined in this policy will be emptied and discarded.

7. The College reserves the right to serve alcoholic beverages, at its discretion, at events in the Todd Wehr Center or elsewhere on or off campus (with the exceptions noted above) to individuals who are of legal drinking age. The College also reserves the right to monitor alcohol consumption by individuals at these events, and to take appropriate steps to assure the safety of all concerned. The College may invite students who are of legal drinking age to such events.

8. Students are not permitted to transport or consume alcohol, or other drugs, on College-sponsored trips.

AODA Violation Sanctions:

1. Violations of the Carthage AODA Policy will be considered cumulative during the entire period the student is enrolled at Carthage in determining disciplinary action for repeated violations of the policy.

2. Disciplinary action will be taken with regard to the use or abuse of controlled substances. A violation may result in a student’s suspension or dismissal from Carthage. Local law enforcement agencies may be summoned, AODA assessment may be required, fines may be assessed, and action similar to other AODA violations may be imposed.

3. Disciplinary sanctions increase in their severity with repeated student infractions of the AODA policy. Disciplinary sanctions may also be increased in their severity with the presence of common sources of alcohol.

The following sanctions shall be employed:

  • a. First Offense - one point assessed, $25 fine imposed, may be required to attend an AODA Workshop (failure to attend the workshop will result in further disciplinary action), possible community service or educational assignment, and/or possible chemical dependency evaluation/assessment and/or treatment paid for by the student.
  • b. Second Offense - two points assessed, $150 fine imposed, required to attend an AODA workshop, disciplinary probation and/or suspension, possible community service or educational assignment, possible chemical dependency evaluation/assessment, and/or treatment paid for by the student.
  • c. Third Offense - two points assessed, $250 fine imposed and/or suspension/dismissal from the College (length dependent upon the severity of accompanying offenses), mandatory chemical dependency evaluation/assessment and/or treatment paid for by the student, and possible community service.
  • d. Subsequent violations of the AODA Policy - two points assessed, a $350 fine and suspension/dismissal (length dependent upon the severity of accompanying offenses), the recommendation for chemical dependency evaluation/assessment and/or treatment.

4. Students failing to attend an assigned AODA workshop will face additional student conduct charges (non-compliance) as well as the imposition of an additional fine.

NOTE: Fines collected for violation of the alcohol policy are dedicated to alcohol abuse prevention efforts and educational programming.