Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention and Educational Services

Law & Policy

The University of Northern Iowa is required by law to provide an annual notification to all students of the policies, sanctions, and risks associated with the use of alcohol and other drugs based on the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (EDGAR Part 86 Subpart A 86.3).

This notification provides the following information:

  • Drug and alcohol resources and programs available to students;
  • Health risks associated with alcohol and other drug misuse or abuse;
  • Standards of conduct and conduct sanctions for students regarding unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  • Possible local, state and federal legal sanctions.

You may find this information and more on our website at



If you or someone you know is being affected by alcohol or drug misuse or abuse, there are on campus, confidential resources available.


Alcohol and Other Drug Education Services,  Student Health Center, (319) 273-3423

• Free consultations, referrals, programs, services, and education.

• Free and confidential online self assessment for alcohol use.

• Free and confidential online self assessment for cannabis use.


Counseling Center, 103 Student Health Center, (319) 273-2676

• Free and confidential consultations and referrals.


Student Health Clinic, 016 Student Health Center, (319) 273-2009

• Confidential consultations, referrals, and education.


There are also off campus resources that provide alcohol and other drug services.



It is the policy of the University of Northern Iowa and the Board of Regents to provide a drug-free workplace and learning environment. Alcohol and drug abuse pose a threat to the health and safety of University faculty, staff, students, and visitors. In compliance with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, University Policy 4.13 outlines expectations for an environment committed to a healthy campus.


Students are held accountable through the Student Conduct Code. Students found responsible receive any of a number of sanctions, including an official warning, conduct probation, suspension, expulsion.  Participation in an educational program and/or a treatment program may also be required.



In addition to disciplinary sanctions by the University, students may be subject to criminal prosecution under federal, state, and/or local laws. To ensure students are aware of possible legal sanctions, this section briefly describes some relevant laws with sanctions and provides links to more information.

State and Federal Laws and Sanctions

Controlled substance convictions under federal laws carry a range of penalties which can include fines and/or imprisonment. Federal controlled substance convictions also can lead to forfeiture of both real and personal property; the denial of federal benefits, such as grants and student loans; and the denial of federally-provided or supported professional and commercial licenses. The seriousness of the offense and the penalty imposed generally depends on the type and amount of the drugs involved.

Both state and federal laws prohibit distribution of, manufacture of, or possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance or a counterfeit controlled substance. Specific drugs, amounts, and penalties are described in Iowa Code Chapter 124-Controlled Substances.  Specific drugs, amounts, and penalties are described in Iowa Code Chapter 13-Drug Abuse Prevention and Control. State and federal legal sanctions are subject to change by the General Assembly and Congress, respectively.

  1. Penalty Enhancement. The maximum term and fine increase significantly if state or federal penalty enhancement rules apply. Factors which raise maximum penalties under federal penalty enhancement rules include death or serious bodily injury; prior drug conviction; placing at risk or distributing a drug to a person under 21 years old; using a person under 18 years of age to assist in the drug violation; and distributing or manufacturing a drug within 1,000 feet of school property, including The University of Iowa campus. Penalty enhancement rules apply to defendants 18 years or older. Factors which raise maximum penalties under state penalty enhancement rules include using firearms or dangerous weapons in the commission of the offense.
  2. Possession. Both state and federal laws prohibit possession of a controlled substance. The maximum state and federal penalty for possession is confinement for one year and a fine of $1,500. The maximum term and fine increase significantly in the event that state or federal penalty enhancement rules apply. In addition, a person in possession of a small amount of a controlled substance for personal use may be assessed a civil fine up to $10,000 in addition to any criminal fine.
  3. Driving While Intoxicated. Under state law, a person found guilty of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol (blood concentration of .08 or greater) shall be imprisoned for not less than 48 hours and fined not less than $500 for the first offense. For the second Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) offense the minimum period of confinement is seven days and a fine of not less than $750. The minimum period of confinement for the third or subsequent OWI convictions is thirty days and could be up to one year, with a fine of not less than $750.
  4. The driver's license of an individual under 21 years of age who is found guilty of operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 percent or more is subject to a 60-day suspension even if the individual is not legally intoxicated. For individuals convicted of OWI, the period of suspension is 180 days or more regardless of age.
  5. Alcohol-Related Offenses. Under state law, the drinking age is 21. State law prohibits:
  • public intoxication;
  • driving a motor vehicle with an unsealed receptacle containing an alcoholic beverage in the vehicle;
  • giving or selling an alcoholic beverage to anyone intoxicated; and
  • possession of an alcoholic beverage under legal age.


Penalties Under Iowa Law for Manufacturing, Delivering, or Possessing with the Intent to Deliver a Controlled Substance, a Counterfeit Substance or a Simulated Controlled Substance Enal

City of Cedar Falls and Waterloo Sanctions
    • The Municipality of Cedar Falls has passed a ordinances with the intention of discouraging underage possession and consumption of alcohol Sec. 5-10 and use of false identification Sec. 5-12.The city also has a public alcohol possession andintox code Sec. 5-9 in place to provide for the safety, health and welfare of the public. These are considered misdemeanor offenses and those found responsible for violations may face fines and/or jail time Sec. 5-14. View all Cedar Falls City Code ordinances on alcohol and drug paraphernalia by clicking on the link. Waterloo City Codes are located at: Title 5-2-12 and Title3-2-8.
    • Virtually every organ system is affected by alcohol. Drinking in moderation may cause problems to one's body, and drinking heavily over the years can cause irreversible damage. However, most diseases caused by excessive drinking can be prevented. For basic information about the health risks associated with alcohol and/or other drugs please visit:


    For additional information regarding health risks of alcohol and other drugs go to:


    Thank you for taking the time to read this important information to better understand alcohol and other drug related resources, policies, laws, and health risks. UNI cares about you, your success, and your health.