Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

Augsburg College is committed to the prevention of alcohol abuse and the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs. The College prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of alcohol or other drugs by students, faculty, staff, and guests on the College campus or at College-related programs or activities. Other drugs prohibited by this policy include, but are not limited to, marijuana (unless prescribed), cocaine, cocaine derivatives, heroin, amphetamines, barbiturates, hallucinogens, tranquilizers, and inhalants.

Violations of this policy are also violations of the Conduct Code:

  • Underage use or possession of alcoholic beverages, excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages, and/or the possession of alcoholic beverages contrary to law or College regulations.
  • Illegal or unauthorized possession, use, sale, or distribution of narcotics, drugs, or other controlled substances defined as such by local, state, or federal law. Distribution includes giving personal prescription medications to others, or possessing/using another’s prescription medication.

Augsburg College affirms the basic need for sobriety within responsible personal action, mature interpersonal relationships and the serious academic environment of a Lutheran College. With this understanding, intoxication and intoxication resulting in irresponsible behavior are inappropriate to the Augsburg College environment and are prohibited.

Section I: Philosophy of Legal Alcohol Use

Augsburg College does not condone nor condemn the responsible and legal use of alcoholic beverages. In the context of a Lutheran point of view, the paramount concern is for the interaction of trust and respect between the community and person. Every person has the right and should have the freedom and opportunity to grow as a responsible individual. In this instance, freedom can be construed as the right to use in moderation or not to use alcoholic beverages and vigorous respect for either position.

To drink or not to drink is a personal and legal decision. However, Augsburg College affirms the basic need for sobriety within responsible action, mature personal relationships and serious academic work. With this understanding, intoxication is considered inappropriate. In this regard, the College commits itself to help students become aware of the facts regarding alcohol use and abuse and to assist them in making responsible decisions about alcohol consumption and personal behavior. Campus Activities and Orientation, the Center for Wellness and Counseling (CWC) and the Athletic Department student-athlete policies address this topic throughout the year and are examples of the College’s educational efforts related to alcohol and other drugs. The College also recognizes the value and promotes the goals of chemical dependency treatment and support programs. On the basis of the philosophy of Augsburg College to bring its students “through truth to freedom,” the following provisions are intended to express this point of view within the working and living environment of the College community.

Section II: General Provisions – Alcohol Use

For the purposes of this policy the term “on-campus residence” means the interior of a student’s residence hall room, apartment, or townhouse/floorhouse.  Additionally, the term “public area” means any College housing, building, or property other than the interior boundaries of the student’s private residence.

  1. The possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on Augsburg College property except in accordance with the provisions set forth below.
  2. Cases of disturbance, disorderly conduct, destructive behavior, or violent acts which result from drinking alcoholic beverages will be subject to the disciplinary procedures and sanctions of the College and/or legal processes of civil and criminal law.
  3. The transportation of uncovered or opened containers of alcohol in public areas is prohibited.
  4. Students are reminded that they are obligated to obey all laws relating to the purchasing, providing, possession, and use of alcoholic beverages. Minnesota State Law provides that it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 to consume alcohol, attempt to purchase alcohol, or possess alcohol.
  5. Advertising alcoholic beverages and tobacco products is prohibited. The sponsoring of College events or promotions by alcohol or tobacco companies is prohibited.

Section III: Alcohol Use in On-Campus Residence

Policies for use of alcohol in on-campus residences are described in the Residence Hall Handbook and Contract.

Section IV: Group Use of Alcohol in a Public Area

  1. A Group Use Permit must be obtained to serve alcohol at an event in a public area. Group Use Permit requests are available from the Event and Conference Planning office. (
  2. Individuals and groups eligible to apply for a permit include official students, employees, departments, or organizations of Augsburg College, and outside organizations or individuals who contract to use space at Augsburg. For all such requests, the individual or groups who will be hosting the event must be clearly identified, and are responsible for adhering to the Augsburg Alcohol Policy and ensuring the appropriate conduct of participants.
  3. Requests must be submitted at least 14 working days in advance of the event, and normally one request will be approved for a given date.
  4. Any alcoholic beverages must be served. Events where alcohol will be served will be required to have at least one bartender onsite to serve the alcohol and will be charged a fee of $120.00/server ($30/hour based on a four hour minimum requirement).  For more details, contact Event and Conference Planning.
  5. Cash bars or other ways of charging for alcohol are prohibited unless the event sponsors have obtained a license from the City of Minneapolis.
  6. Individuals sponsoring an event must implement procedures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not accessible or served to persons under the legal drinking age or to persons who appear intoxicated.
  7. The event must have a directed purpose other than the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  8. Non-alcoholic beverages and food must be provided whenever alcoholic beverages are being served. If the supply of non-alcoholic beverages or food runs out, the serving of alcoholic beverages must stop. At all events, the serving of alcoholic beverages must terminate one half-hour before the event is scheduled to end.
  9. Only the use of non-distilled liquors will be permitted at any Group Use event on College property. No hard liquor of any kind is allowed to be served on campus.
  10. Public use is permitted in most meeting spaces, with the exception of the Oren Gateway Center.  Si Melby and Kennedy are available only in special circumstances.

Section V: Violations of policy

The case of any student or group who is accused of violating the Augsburg alcohol or other drug policy or the terms of a Group Use Permit will be reviewed by the Vice President of Student Affairs. Sanctions, if any, will be determined according to the College’s disciplinary policy and procedures as described in the Augsburg College Conduct Code, Student Guide. Employee violations of this policy will be referred to the immediate supervisor and the Director of Human Resources.  See also Discipline Process and Discipline Sanctions.

Alcohol and Other Drug Violation Sanctions

Augsburg College imposes fines for student violations of the alcohol, drug and fire safety policies.

Alcohol Violations

Significant: First Offense: $50; Second Offense: $100; Third Offense: $150 These include underage possession or consumption or public consumption.

Serious: First Offense: $100; Second Offense: $200; Third Offense: $300

These include providing alcohol to minors, being overly intoxicated, or of age possession in Urness Hall.

Drug Violations

Significant: First Offense: $150; Second Offense: $200

These include illegal possession or use, or possession of drug paraphernalia.

Serious: First Offense: $300; Second Offense: $400

These include possession or purchase of large amounts, providing or dealing to others, or evidence of dealing.

Fire Safety Violations

Significant: $100

These include smoking indoors, failure to evacuate during a fire drill, and using incense.

Serious: $300

These include tampering with fire safety equipment.

Fines are in addition to educational assignments and other sanctions which may assist the student