University Initiatives on Alcohol and Other Drugs

Incident System for Individuals

This is an Incident

  • Conviction of an alcohol / drug violation (other than DUI) of Virginia State Alcohol / Drug Laws in the city of Lexington/Rockbridge County
  • Violation of the University residential alcohol/drug policies
  • Misconduct that violates University alcohol/drug policies
  • Drunkenness, when it results in behavior that draws attention to or endangers self or others
  • Students who are deemed an "accessory" to violations may be held accountable for "conduct unbecoming to a W&L student"

These are the Sanctions:

First Incident: Handled administratively (drug distribution handled on a case by case basis)

  • Mandatory education and counseling; fine
  • Parents notified
  • Period of probation from date of incident

Second Incident: During the period of probation resulting from the 1st incident

  • To be reviewed by the SJC
  • Mandatory education and counseling; plus fine
  • Sanction, up to and including suspension for a full term
  • Parents notified

Third Incident: During the period of probation resulting from the 2nd incident

  • To be reviewed by the SJC
  • Sanction up to and including dismissal; fine
  • Mandatory education and counseling for those not dismissed
  • Parents notified

Incident System for Student Organizations

Minor first time violations may result in a warning.

This is an Incident:

  • Coercive or pressured drinking related to group activities
  • Violations of IFC/Panhellenic rules for serving alcohol
  • Violations of dry recruitment policies
  • Excess damage to property related to alcohol/other drug use
  • Coordinating or using fraternity/sorority funds to purchase alcohol - includes group funds and/or slush funds
  • Violations of University policies related to alcohol or other drugs

These are the Possible Sanctions:

To be reviewed by the appropriate conduct board (or Provost/President)

First Incident:

  • Up to $50 fine per member
  • Appropriate Community Service
  • Social probation for the organization
  • Mandatory education for the group; costs paid by group
  • Notification of Advisors/Coaches, Dean of Students, Parents, House Corporation, and National Organization

Second Incident: Within 12 months of 1st incident

  • Up to $100 fine per member
  • Appropriate Community Service
  • Up to 12 weeks social probation
  • Mandatory education for the group; costs paid by group
  • Notification of Advisors/Coaches, Dean of Students, Parents, House Corporation, and National Organization
  • Suspension/reduction of activities for athletic and other student organizations

Third Incident: Within 12 months of 1st incident

  • Minimum of immediate one‐year suspension up to and including dismissal
  • Mandatory education for the group; costs paid by group
  • Notification of Advisors/Coaches, Dean of Students, Parents, House Corporation, and National Organization

NOTE: This policy includes the use of illegal drugs. Conviction of possession/use of illegal drugs within any
residence hall may result in removal from the residence without refund.