Alcoholic Beverages

The possession and use of alcoholic beverages on campus and at university-sponsored functions is prohibited, except in designated university-owned houses and apartments when students are 21 years of age or older (refer to the Residence Life Theme Houses and Apartments Alcohol Policy). This policy includes the following provisions:

  • Intoxication and other alcohol-related behavior is not condoned.
  • Alcoholic beverage paraphernalia such as beer bongs used for drinking contests are prohibited.
  • The possession of alcoholic beverage containers, either full or empty, is taken as a presumption of use and possession and is considered a policy violation.
  • Students are accountable for a violation, even if they do not have actual possession of alcohol, when they are present in a specific location such as a residence hall room where alcoholic beverage containers are present.
  • Advertising of which the primary purpose is to promote the use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted.
  • Student organization funds may not be used for the purchase of alcohol or the sponsorship of an event where alcohol is available.
  • It is unlawful in the State of South Dakota for persons under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcoholic beverages. It is also illegal to sell or distribute alcoholic beverages to persons under the age of 21.
  • Medical Amnesty – The University believes that the importance of seeking medical assistance when faced with an alcohol or drug related emergency far outweighs the consequences of a university policy violation. No student seeking medical assistance for themselves or for another will be subject to disciplinary action for the sole violation of an alcohol or other drug violation provided the student acts in good faith and cooperates with university officials.
  • A biennial review of Augustana's alcohol policies can be viewed here.

The University is committed to preventing alcohol abuse and the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of alcoholic beverages. In compliance with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), information concerning applicable laws and consequences pertaining to the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol is made available each year. Augustana’s annual safety and security report contains an overview of the University’s policies and program, a summary of state and federal laws, and consequences that may be imposed for illegal conduct. A copy of this publication is distributed by the Dean of Students Office and Department of Campus Safety.