CSU-Pueblo Policy: Alcohol and Other Drug Policy

Policy Title: Alcohol and Other Drug Policy Category: Student Affairs
Owner: Vice President for Enrollment Management, Communications and Student Affairs Policy ID#: 12-002-01
Student Conduct
Effective Date: 8/20/2019
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CSU-Pueblo recognizes the dangers, effects and consequences that alcohol and other drugs have on the success of students. Health Education and Promotion (HEP) believes that student health and safety is a fundamental step in developing and sustaining an environment that enhances academic and student success.

CSU-Pueblo students, student organizations, Greek organizations, athletic teams, club sports teams, and their visitors must comply with all local, state, and federal laws concerning alcohol and other drugs.

CSU-Pueblo will not tolerate the excessive, inappropriate, or illegal use or abuse of alcohol or other drugs on or off campus property. CSU-Pueblo adjudicates off-campus cases that are judged to impact the University’s educational mission and/or the health and safety of members of the community.

POLICY APPLIES TO (Persons affected by):

All Students


Under certain circumstances, registered student organizations or university-sponsored functions, may be granted an exemption from the alcohol-free event policy


Alcohol- any substance which is or contains ethyl alcohol that is designed for the purpose of human consumption

AOD - alcohol and/or other drug is referred to by this acronym

BAC- blood alcohol content is referred to by this acronym. BAC is the percentage of alcohol in the bloodstream: under the laws of most states, a BAC of 0.08 is the legal definition of intoxication.

Binge Drinking- is a pattern of drinking that brings blood alcohol concentration (BAC) levels to 0.08 g/dL. This typically occurs after 4 drinks for women and 5 drinks for men—in about 2 hours.

Cannabis- a tall plant with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs. It is used to produce hemp fiber and as a psychotropic drug. Can cause short-term effects such as slow reflexes; increase in forgetfulness; alters judgment of space and distance; aggravate pre-existing heart and/or mental health problems; long-term health effects include permanent damage to lungs, reproductive organs and brain function; can interfere with physical, psychological, social development of young users.

Illicit Substances- Please refer to: https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/schedules/ for a complete list of all scheduled controlled substances.

Medical Amnesty- An exception or pardon from disciplinary sanctions when a student calls for medical help for themselves and/or others.  

Medicinal- refers to the medical use of cannabis or to medical cannabis dispensaries.

Possession- is an act where a student has or holds any amount of an alcoholic beverage anywhere on his or her person

Smoking- means inhaling, exhaling, burning, or carrying any lighted or heated cigar, cigarette, pipe, e-cigarette, water pipe, or device used to inhale substances other than prescribed medications.

Standard Drink-

  •  One 12 oz. beer containing 5% alcohol
  •  One 5 oz. glass of wine containing 12% alcohol
  •  One 1.5 oz. shot of liquor containing 40% alcohol  

Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)- is the main cannabinoid found in the cannabis plant and is responsible for the majority of the plant’s psychoactive properties.

Tobacco Products- means all forms of tobacco and imitation tobacco products, including but not limited to cigarettes, cigars, pipes, water pipes (hookah), electronic/e-cigarettes, vape pens and smokeless or “spit” tobacco, and specific nicotine products.



Underage Possession or Consumption 

If you are under age 21, you cannot purchase, possess, or consume alcohol.

Providing Alcohol to Minors 

No student, regardless of age, shall provide alcohol to anyone under age 21.

Public Intoxication 

Being intoxicated by alcohol in a public space and being a danger to yourself or others is prohibited.

Severe Intoxication 

Being intoxicated by alcohol to a level that requires, or appears to require, medical attention or supervision by others, is prohibited.

Drinking Games  

Possession or use of drinking devices that dispense alcohol, such as funnels, luges, keg taps, etc. is prohibited. The promotion, possession, or playing of alcohol drinking games that encourages binge drinking is prohibited.

Drinking Paraphernalia 

Possession of empty or full alcohol containers that include but are not limited to: shot glasses, wine bottles, beer cans, wine glasses, etc. is prohibited.  

Alcohol in University Housing  

Possession and consumption of alcohol for Residential Students is further detailed in the Residence Life and Housing Handbook. Please refer to this handbook for University Housing specific alcohol policies.

Irresponsible Serving of Alcohol 

Students must practice responsible serving procedures. Irresponsible serving procedures include but are not limited to: providing alcohol to intoxicated individuals, providing alcohol to minors, allowing such individuals to drive, or creating environments for binge drinking.

Driving While Ability Impaired or Driving Under the Influence

Students are required to follow the laws of the State of Colorado regarding alcohol and/or drugs and driving. Students receiving citations for DWAI or DUI may also be sanctioned by the University.


Possession, Use, or Sale of Marijuana 

Pursuant to Federal law, possession, use, or sale of marijuana in any form (flower, wax, oil, edibles, etc.) is prohibited on campus. Marijuana possession, use or sale is also prohibited at University sponsored events, even if held off-campus.

Medical Marijuana 

Students and guests who have been issued a Medical Marijuana Identification Card by the State of Colorado, or have a license from another state, may NOT possess, use, or sell marijuana on University property, including in University housing areas. Medical Marijuana possession, use or sale is also prohibited at University sponsored events, even if held off-campus.

Advertisement and Promotion

Marijuana industry promotions, advertising, marketing, and distribution are prohibited on any campus-owned or campus-leased grounds/facilities.

Smoking Paraphernalia 

Possession of used or unused marijuana paraphernalia that includes but is not limited to: pipes, water pipes, bongs, vaporizers, blunts/wrappers/papers, etc. is prohibited.

**This policy is in accordance with the Controlled Substances Act and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act


Tobacco and Vape Free Campus

Tobacco use and smoking to include, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vape pens, and chewing tobacco is prohibited in all campus buildings and on all campus grounds whether the property is owned or leased by CSU-Pueblo, and in all campus-owned vehicles. Please refer to the University’s Smoking and Tobacco Policy for more information.  

Illicit Drugs

Possession, Use, or Sale of Illicit Substances 

Possession, use, or sale of illicit substances is prohibited. Illicit substances include scheduled amphetamines, anabolic steroids, cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, marijuana, methamphetamines, tranquilizers, etc.

Prescription Medication

Students or guests who have been prescribed medications (including scheduled drugs) may only use those medications as prescribed by their treating physician. Any other use or unauthorized sale is prohibited. All prescription medication must remain in the original labeled packaging to the individual that it was prescribed to. Possession or use of prescription medication that has not been prescribed by the student’s treating physician is prohibited.

Medical Amnesty

Medical Amnesty 

CSU-Pueblo encourages all students to call for help when any sign of alcohol poisoning or drug overdose is observed. Students who call for help to assist a friend or themselves may be eligible for medical amnesty. Students who are provided medical amnesty shall not be subject to disciplinary sanctions; however, educational sanctions may be applied. Receipt of medical amnesty is at the discretion of the Director of Student Conduct.

Below is a list of situations where medical amnesty may be claimed:

If a student calls for medical assistance for another student or themselves because of severe alcohol intoxication, overdose, or physical injury by calling 911 or the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department (719-549-2373), the individual initiating the call and the student needing medical assistance may be able to claim medical amnesty.

If a student calls for medical assistance because of his/her own severe alcohol intoxication, overdose, or physical injury by calling 911 or the Pueblo County Sheriff's Department (719-549-2373), the individual initiating the call may be able to claim medical amnesty.

If a representative of an organization hosting an event calls for medical attention for an individual present at their event and works cooperatively with responders, the individual initiating the call, the organization, and the student needing medical assistance may be able to claim medical amnesty, if the situation is an isolated event.

Failure to Respond to an Alcohol or Drug-Related Emergency: Students who fail to call for medical assistance in an alcohol or drug-related emergency may be subject to disciplinary action and may receive enhanced sanctions.


Violations of this Alcohol and Other Drug Policy shall be sanctioned in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct and the Alcohol and Other Drug Sanction Table. The University may sanction violations of standards that occurred off-campus and have or may have threatened to cause an impact on the University’s activities, or on the health, safety, or security of the University, its members, or the community. The decision whether to adjudicate a specific off-campus incident shall be made at the discretion of the Director of Student Conduct.


AOD Sanction Table

Smoking and Tobacco Policy

Student Code of Conduct

Residence Life and Housing Handbook

Policy on Discrimination, Protected Class Harassment, Sexual Misconduct, Intimate Partner Violence, Stalking, & Retaliation


Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act, C.R.S. 25-14-201, 25-14-203(7), 25-14-204 (1)(j), (bb), (cc), effective July 1, 2006

Executive Order D 0036 90, effective January 1, 1991

Executive Order B 2018 011, effective November 2, 2018.

AOD Sanction Guideline Table 2019


Chrissy Holliday

Vice President of Enrollment Management, Communications and Student Affairs


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