If a student breaks a law that also violates the Miami University Code of Student Conduct, the student may be held accountable by both civil authorities and the university. The university may, at its sole discretion, elect to pursue disciplinary action against the student at the same time as criminal proceedings, even if criminal charges involving the same incident are not complete, have been dismissed, or were reduced.

Miami University takes illegal alcohol use very seriously; for more information about Miami's efforts to curb high-risk drinking, please visit

You must be 21 years or older to consume alcohol. 

It is illegal to...

  • Furnish alcohol to an underage person.
  • Appear in public while intoxicated.
  • Annoy others or endanger property.
  • Have an open container of alcohol on any public street, sidewalk, alley, or park.

Be safe and smart

The goal and focus of alcohol and other drug education at Miami University is to prepare students to make legal, low risk choices about drinking during college and in the future. Alcohol education can support a student's academic success and contribute to their engagement in campus activities. The Office of Student Wellness provides resources to help students assess their risk for developing alcoholism; determine what is "low risk" for them as an individual; and identify ways they can practice these legal, low risk guidelines.