Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy

State and Local Government Requirements

  • Wartburg College will enforce all state and local government policies concerning the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages is not permitted by any organization, person, or group on the Wartburg campus
  • unless a liquor license is obtained in the state of Iowa.
  • Only students who have reached the legal drinking age of 21 years of age may possess or consume alcoholic beverages by following federal, state, and local laws as well as Wartburg policy.
  • Clinton Hall and the Centennial Complex are alcohol-free buildings. Under no circumstances is alcohol to be present in these buildings, regardless of the age of residents or guests.

Wartburg College Requirements

  • Wartburg students are expected to take responsibility for their behavior and respect the rights of others. 
  • Public intoxication and abusive or disruptive behavior will not be tolerated.

  • Possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on all campus property unless: A.) It is by students 21 years of age or older, who may possess and consume alcohol in their private residence hall room or common suite living space if all residents of the suite are 21 and no minors are present, if that hall is not prohibited from such activity.  B.) It is a college-sanctioned event approved by the president or a vice president. Alcoholic beverages may be transported to and from rooms only in sealed containers. Kegs of beer, large quantities of alcohol that can’t be safely consumed by the owner, and common source containers of alcohol are not allowed on campus.
  • Student organizations and student employees that receive budgetary support from the college or solicit funds for the purpose of college activities are not allowed to use the funds to purchase alcoholic beverages.
  • Advertising off-campus parties is not allowed on campus.
  • College vehicles may not be used to transport students to or from an off-campus party.

**In the event Campus Security officers, Residential Life Staff, Waverly Police, and/or medical staff must intervene with a student in response to a concern of excessive alcohol consumption, leading to further concern of personal safety for that student, the students parent or emergency contact may be contacted by the responding college or city personnel. 

Violation Descriptions

Minor violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Possession or presence of empty, full, or partially full alcohol containers in Clinton Hall, Centennial Hall, Hebron Hall, Vollmer Hall or any residence hall where an underage student is present.
  • Possession of an open container in public/non-designated areas regardless of age.
    •  Non-designated areas include, but are not limited to, study lounges, hallways, public restrooms, academic buildings, etc.
  • Promotion of events where alcohol consumption is the primary focus.

Major violations include, but are not limited to:

  • Disorderly conduct- includes but not limited to
  • Insubordination to a college official or law enforcement officer
  • Physical violence
  • Intentional defecation
  • Verbal disruption of abuse
  • Staggering
  • Destruction of property
  • Public intoxication, vomiting (buy coherent and conscious)
  • Permitting others (students or guests) to use assigned room to violate the alcohol policy
  • Serving and/or providing alcohol to a person or persons not of legal age
  • Use of or manufacturing false identifications while on or off campus to consume alcohol and avoid detection by college staff
  • Participation in transportation and/or possession of a keg or other bulk or common-source container to campus and/or anywhere on campus regardless of age
  • Supplying or assisting a minor in any way to obtain alcohol
  • Illegal sale of alcohol
  • Two or more minor violations in a single academic year


  • Upon being documented for participation in an alcohol-related incident, a minimum $50 fine will be applied to the student's account.
  • The student will receive an invitation to attend a conduct meeting with a conduct officer.
  • Attending a conduct meeting will result in a $25 decrease to any alcohol fine.

The following consequences may also be imposed on a student found in violation of the college’s alcohol policy. 

  • A fine, starting at $50 for first offence. Students responsible for property damage will be financially responsible for damage repairs/replacement.
  • Meet with Student Life staff member for a conduct meeting and an educational review of alcohol policies.
  • Referral to alcohol counseling through counseling services. 
  • Letter of warning to parents, coaches, academic or co-curricular adviser
  • Referral to an off-campus alcohol or drug education program and approval by the Director of Counseling Services for continued enrollment
  • Social probation
  • Decrease in housing priority or relocation
  • Suspension

Outside of the consequences listed above, it is under the discretion of the conduct officer to determine additional consequences or sanctions for violations they deem necessary. 

Explanation of Typical Sanctions

ALCOHOL COUNSELING An individual or group session of counseling facilitated by someone from Wartburg’s Counseling Services office. Students will complete alcohol screenings and discuss their results with a counselor.

Specific risk-reduction program provided by a licensed chemical dependency professional. The program, at the student’s expense, includes chemical-use self-assessment and the development of strategies to stop or decrease the use of alcohol.

Illegal Drugs and Misuse of Controlled Substances

Illegal drugs, misuse of prescription drugs, and drug paraphernalia are not permitted on the Wartburg campus, Wartburg West property, or during activities directly associated with Wartburg College (i.e. conference attendance, service trips, athletic events, etc.).

While Wartburg West is in Denver, Colorado, where marijuana use has been legalized, Wartburg College’s student code of conduct and the drug policy supersede the Colorado marijuana policy in relation to our students and facilities. Therefore, use of marijuana in the Wartburg West apartment or being under the influence of marijuana while present in the Wartburg West facilities, in class, during activities, or at an internship or site placement are direct violations of the drug policy and the student code of conduct.

The college also will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies to enforce the laws pertaining to the use and possession of illegal drugs. Violations of this rule will be considered sufficient to warrant dismissal from the college. Cases involving alleged student violations of existing drug laws will be heard by the appropriate authorities.

Drug-Free Schools Student Information

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226, requires that Wartburg College implement a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The purpose of this notice is to share information about: 

  • Wartburg College’s standards of conduct regarding illicit drugs and alcohol
  • A description of applicable legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law
  • A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol
  • A description of available counseling and treatment opportunities
  • A statement regarding applicable sanctions for use of illicit drugs or abuse of alcohol

Standards of Conduct

Wartburg College is committed to making good-faith efforts to maintain a drug-free learning environment and workplace. In addition, Wartburg recognizes that drug use and alcohol abuse are a contradiction to its understanding of community, and that use of illegal drugs and alcohol abuse may negatively impact academic success, impair job performance and judgment, endanger other Wartburg community members, and cause physical damage.

Accordingly, the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illicit drugs or misused prescription drugs is prohibited on Wartburg property or as any part of a Wartburg activity, including Wartburg West participation.

Additionally, more restrictive requirements may be set by instructors or advisors for alcohol and other drug use for individual courses, specifically those that require travel.

Student Employment Expectations

No member of the faculty or staff will be permitted to report to work while under the influence of alcohol or  illegal drugs. In addition, an employee must notify Wartburg College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction. The college will notify the appropriate federal agency within 10 days of having received notice that an employee has had a criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace.

Any Wartburg College employee, including student employees, determined to have violated the college’s policies regarding unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol will be subject to one of the following actions:

  1. Satisfactory participation in an alcohol/drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program
  2. Disciplinary action up to and including termination and suspension

Applicable Sanctions for Use of Illicit Drugs or Controlled Substances

Violation of the drug policy is taken very seriously. Students found in violation can anticipate any of the following possible sanctions in addition to any sanctions deemed necessary by the Chief Conduct Officer.

  • Fine ranging from $250 to $500
  • Meet with the Chief Conduct Officer for a conduct hearing and review drug policies
  • Letter of warning to parents, coaches, academic or co-curricular adviser
  • Referral to an off-campus alcohol or drug education program and approval by the director of counseling services for continued enrollment. (Costs associated with participation are the students responsibility)
  • Ongoing treatment program. (Costs associated with participation are the student’s responsibility)
  • Social probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

Legal Sanctions

Local, state, and federal statutes also clearly prohibit the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol. Wartburg College sanctions vary depending upon the scope of the incident. In addition, a student's federal financial aid may be jeopardized by a drug violation, according to federal statue. 

Health Risks

Abuse of alcohol and the use of illicit drugs can have a significant impact on physical health. Wartburg College is committed to providing alcohol and drug education in order to help students and employees make informed choices about their behavior.

Alcohol is a depressant that, when used in excess, impairs judgment and motor skills. It is particularly dangerous to operate machinery, including driving a vehicle, while under the influence of alcohol. Behavior that indicates a need for assistance includes: drinking to cope, drinking often to the point of intoxication, going to class or work while under the influence of alcohol, driving while intoxicated, injuring oneself as a result of drinking, the need to drink more and more to achieve the same effect, showing frequent moodiness without apparent cause, having physical complaints relating to alcohol, relying on alcohol regularly to relieve tension or stress or pain, experiencing blackouts or loss of memory, and denying the possibility of a drinking problem.

Drug abuse is using natural and/or synthetic chemical substances for non-medical reasons to affect the body and its processes (e.g., amphetamines to stay awake when tired), the mind and nervous system (e.g., LSD to experience a change in perceptions), or behavior and feelings (e.g., marijuana to change moods).

If you take drugs, you risk accidents, ill health, dependence, and overdose. Signs of drug abuse  include restlessness, excessive reflex action, “drunkenness,” dilated pupils, drowsiness, talkativeness, irrational behavior, needle marks, and/or possession of drug paraphernalia such as needles and syringes, marijuana holders, bongs, or water pipes.

Counseling and Treatment Opportunities

If you are concerned about yourself or someone you know abusing or using illicit drugs, written information is available from the Noah Campus Health Clinic, Counseling Services, campus pastors, and the vice president for student life. Covenant Clinic Psychiatry (319-352-9606) and Pathways Behavioral Services (319-352-1353) in Waverly provide counseling and assessment. An Alcoholics Anonymous group meets regularly in Waverly. Mental health professionals on campus and in Waverly have information and contacts with a variety of drug treatment centers and clinics, detoxification centers, and hospitals that treat patients on an inpatient or outpatient basis.

Certain costs associated with treatment programs may be covered by major medical insurance. For additional information, please contact Noah Health Clinic at 319-352-8436 or Counseling Services at 319-352-8596.

Questions concerning the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989 should be referred to the vice president for finance and administration.