UCA takes an active approach to minimize alcohol and drug use at the University. The Harvard Study on Binge Drinking, as well as other studies, found that UCA students use and abuse alcohol at a much lower rate than the national average. UCA has many policies in place and takes the following actions to minimize alcohol and drug use:
- Alcohol and drugs are prohibited at the University (except for special functions as designated by the President). UCA police and residence hall staff actively enforce alcohol and drug laws on and around the campus. At a minimum, students who use or possess alcohol or drugs will be placed on probation and be required to complete an alcohol and drug education program. Parents of entering freshmen will be notified if a student is involved in an alcohol or drug offense.
- In addition to UCA disciplinary action, students are subject to criminal arrest. According to Arkansas law – Ark. Code Ann. 3-3-203, it is unlawful for any person under twenty-one (21) years of age to purchase or have in possession any intoxicating liquor, wine, or beer. Any person found guilty under this code is subject to a fine ranging from $100 to $500, and will have his or her driver’s license suspended for sixty (60) days for a first offense. Additional penalties may be imposed.
- Students who use or possess hard drugs or large quantities of marijuana (with intent to deliver) are subject to removal (suspended) from UCA.
- UCA police patrols the campus and surrounding streets. Students who drink and drive will most likely be arrested for driving while intoxicated (see Ark. Code Ann. 5-65-101 et al.).
- Police incident reports are open records according to state and federal laws. The UCA newspaper, The Echo, has access to police records and often prints the names of students involved in alcohol, drug and other university violations. Students need to be aware that their behaviors may be made public in the campus newspaper.