The right to consume alcoholic beverages is limited through laws that establish minimum drinking ages, drinking and driving laws, and so on. The possession or use of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal and individuals in violation will be subject to sanctions by the University. The sale of alcohol to anyone under the legal age to purchase will also be subject to sanctions by the University. Organizations or groups violating alcohol/substance policies or laws may also be subject to sanctions by the University. Miami University also has established policies on alcohol use on campus and by campus groups and strictly enforces them. It is incumbent on students to become knowledgeable regarding these policies, whether for individual decision-making or for planning programs and events for student organizations.
Because of Miami University's commitment to the responsible consumption of alcohol by those of legal age, mandatory minimum penalties will be imposed upon a student found to have committed a violation of this alcohol policy. For penalties, see Section 2.2.E of The Student Handbook (PDF).
The use, offer for sale, sale, distribution, possession, or manufacture of any controlled substance or drug except as expressly permitted by law is prohibited. The use, offer for sale, sale, distribution, possession, or manufacture of chemicals, products, or materials for the purpose of use as an intoxicant (such as glue or paint) except as expressly permitted by law is also prohibited. Possession of drug paraphernalia is also prohibited. Such laws are strictly enforced by the Miami University Police Department. Violators are subject to University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fine and/or imprisonment.
For information including sanctions for violations of these policies, see Sections 2.1.E, 2.1.F, 2.2.E, and 4.4 of The Student Handbook (PDF).
Miami University encourages education as the first step in assisting students to take responsibility for their behavior and to understand the consequences of current and future behavior as it relates to drug and alcohol use.
Miami University requires all first-year students to participate in AlcoholEdu, an online educational program, prior to coming to campus. AlcoholEdu is a population-based prevention strategy (as defined by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism) to educate students about alcohol use, abuse and protective factors to minimize high-risk alcohol behaviors. In addition, Miami makes available the CHOICES educational programs for high-risk student populations, such as Greek organization members and student athletes. In addition, the Office of Student Wellness conducts awareness campaigns during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.
When students are sanctioned for violations, Miami University mandates one of two education programs, the Alternatives Program and the Chemical Abuse Education Program.
The Alternatives Program is a two-hour program that focuses on decision-making and responsible actions around alcohol use. The Chemical Abuse Education Program (CAEP), which is a four-hour program, focuses more specifically on drug use, abuse, and dependence. The primary focus of each program is to help students gain a broader knowledge regarding alcohol and other drug use by providing factual information about alcohol and other drug use and the negative consequences that may result from chemical use. Each program encourages abstinence and informs students of the health risks involved with continued use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs. These education programs also help students examine attitudes and influences, both internal and external, which affect their choices regarding chemical use.
Such programs support Miami's drug-free policy (www.miamioh.edu/campus-safety/drug-free/index.html) and employees and students are informed of Miami's drug-free policy and its implications. Employees are offered smoking cessation programs and, through an employee assistance program, counseling on alcohol or drug abuse, among other benefits.