All University Housing facilities and their residents are required to be in compliance with state and local laws regarding alcoholic beverages. All federal, state and local laws regarding illegal drugs will be strictly enforced. The University of Michigan Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Policy for Students, Faculty, and Staff serves as the overarching document on this topic.
It is the University's and University Housing's goal to educate members of our community about the health risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and other substances, and about campus and community resources available for counseling and therapy (see Counseling and Psychological Services).
In support of these efforts, University Housing prohibits displays that promote an alcohol culture, such as empty beer bottle pyramids, empty liquor bottle room decorations and drinking game tables.
On November 6, 2018, Michigan voters approved Proposal 18-1 which legalized the possession and use of limited amounts of marijuana in non-public places for individuals 21 years and older. The use of recreational or medicinal marijuana in any form, including edibles and extracts, will remain prohibited by university policy and federal law. U-M policies will not change as a result of Proposal 18-1. Please review the FAQS if there are more questions about the policy impact for Housing Residents.
3.1 Alcohol Possession and/or consumption
Unauthorized possession, consumption, or providing of alcohol to others contrary to law or University policy is prohibited.
3.2 Drug Possession and/or consumption
Unauthorized possession, manufacture, distribution, use or being under the influence of illegal drugs or unauthorized controlled substances is prohibited and can cause harm to the community; this can include the odor of marijuana or other drugs.
3.3 Substance-Free Areas
It is prohibited to have substances such as alcohol, illegal drugs, cigarettes, e-cigarettes, vaping and other smoking and tobacco materials in a substance-free area. Residents who are assigned to a substance-free space may be transferred or have their contract terminated if they or their guests possess or use such substances in a substance-free space.
3.4 Events and Alcohol
Advertising that implies or explicitly cites the availability of alcohol (including by advertising a cover or admission charge) at any function or party, private or otherwise, is expressly forbidden. Sale of cups and mixers to be used for alcohol is prohibited anywhere in University Housing.
3.5 Resident Organization Funds
No funds of a recognized Housing-based organization or student council unit may be used to purchase any kind of alcoholic beverage. Organizations that violate this regulation may forfeit their privilege to operate in University Housing. Individual persons will also be held responsible for violations of the Community Living Standards.
3.6 Guests and Alcohol
Residents under 21 years of age may not have a guest with alcohol in their room/apartment, regardless of the age of the guest. Unauthorized possession, consumption, being under the influence, or providing of alcohol to others by residents’ guests is a violation of University policy.
3.7 Residents over the Age of 21
Residents who are 21 years of age or older may bring small amounts of alcohol for personal consumption into the space to which they have been assigned, provided the space is not designated substance-free, or University Housing Property. Residents of age who use alcohol legally are expected to do so in a responsible manner. Distributing alcohol to minors is illegal and in violation of University policy. Irresponsible and inappropriate behavior, where alcohol is a contributing factor, will not be tolerated.
It is important to note that if a Resident over the age of 21 has a roommate that is underage, the Resident may still have alcohol for personal consumption however, the Resident should be aware that providing alcohol to an underage resident would constitute an additional violation.
3.8 Common Sources of Alcohol
Common sources of alcohol, including but not limited to kegs, cases, 1/5th and handles are not permitted in University Housing, even when residents are over the age of 21.
3.9 Prescription Drugs
Prescription drugs must be taken by persons prescribed only for the intended use and in the prescribed manner as directed by their doctor. It should be noted that medicinal marijuana is not permitted in University Housing even if resident is an authorized user.
Deliberate misuse of any chemicals, substance or other product that has mood-altering capabilities, outside of its singular and legally intended use, is prohibited.
3.11 Alcohol and/or Drug Paraphernalia
Possession of alcohol and/or drug-related paraphernalia, i.e. any items used to facilitate alcohol and drugs use (e.g., displays that promote an alcohol culture, such as empty beer bottle pyramids, empty liquor bottle room decorations and drinking game tables, bongs, roach clip, hookah/water pipe, hash-style pipe, scales, vaporizers) is prohibited.
All areas of University Housing are designated smoke-free, and all University of Michigan campus buildings and grounds are also smoke-free. No smoking will be allowed in or on U-M campus property. All residents and guests who smoke are expected to observe the no-smoking regulation. Littering with smoking materials, such as cigar or cigarette butts, is unacceptable. E-Cigarettes are prohibited in University Housing.