All state, federal, and local laws and University policies pertaining to alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drugs, including controlled substances, apply to on-campus residents and their guests.


Residents and their guests are responsible for providing verification of age upon request by a staff member. Any individual who refuses to provide age verification will be assumed to be under twenty-one (21) years of age.

Residents and their guests will be responsible for conduct as a result of alcohol consumption.

Residents under 21 years of age:

  • Residents under 21 years of age may not possess, transport, or consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Residents under 21 years of age may not have a guest (regardless of the guest’s age) who consumes or possesses alcoholic beverages in their room/apartment.
  • Residents under 21 years of age may not possess alcoholic beverage containers (empty or full) in their rooms/apartments, including containers used as decoration.

Residents 21 years of age and older:

  • Only residents and their guests who are 21 years of age or older may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in their rooms/apartments.
  • Alcohol in open containers may not be consumed or possessed anywhere outside a student room/apartment, including hallways, courtyards, public areas, community centers, and other University grounds. Balconies and patios are considered to be inside the apartment.
  • Residents 21 years of age and older may possess and consume alcohol in their room/apartment regardless of the age of their roommates.
  • Alcoholic beverages must be in their original, unopened containers when transported within the residential facilities. Containers of alcohol larger than one gallon (including, but not limited to kegs) are not permitted.

Drugs, Other Controlled Substances

The unlawful use, possession, manufacture, sale, delivery, or distribution of any controlled substance, narcotic drug, medicine, or chemical compound is subject to University disciplinary action and may result in removal of the resident from on-campus housing. NOTE, marijuana, even for medical use, is considered a controlled/ illegal substance per federal law and is prohibited on University property.


In accordance with Iowa law, smoking is prohibited on all University grounds and in all University-owned or operated buildings, residence halls and apartments, including apartment balconies and patios. This policy includes vaping and the use of electronic smoking devices. Persons under 21 years of age are prohibited from using and possessing any tobacco, tobacco products, alternative nicotine products, vapor products, or cigarettes.

Substance-Free Housing

Maple and Eaton Halls, and Lincoln, Palmer, Pennell, and Stange Houses in Friley Hall are substance-free areas. Use of substances, including alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs, are prohibited to all students in these areas, regardless of age.

Residents found responsible for violating the University alcohol policy, including first offenses, will be removed from the substance-free living environment depending upon the severity of the violation. If there is no space available for relocation, an alternate sanction will be determined.