Illegal Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Policy on Illegal Use of Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and Illegal Drugs – Policies & Disciplinary Action

The possession, sale, or service of alcohol on the UM campus is governed by Montana state law, Board of Regents policies, and UM alcohol policies. The primary responsibility for enforcement of alcohol laws is with UMPD. The unlawful possession, sale, consumption, or furnishing of alcohol by students or employees on campus property is strictly prohibited. It is illegal to sell, furnish, or provide alcohol to any person under the age of 21 years of age. The possession of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 in a public place or a place open to the public is illegal. Except for students age 21 or older who are allowed to consume and possess alcohol in their University apartments or assigned rooms in the residence halls, it is a violation of the UM Alcohol Policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol in any public or private area of campus without prior University approval. UM’s campus is designated "drug free." The possession, manufacture, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are enforced by UMPD. Violators are subject to potential University disciplinary action, criminal prosecution, fines, and/or imprisonment.

Employees: Policies & Disciplinary Action

For UM employees, Human Resource Services publishes a Drug-Free Workplace policy and procedure as well as a Drug & Alcohol Testing policy and procedure. UM employees receive a written copy of this policy statement annually. In addition, HR provides notice on its website that employees who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with personnel policy or collective bargaining agreements.

All current and prospective employees are encouraged to review these policies, as well as the University’s alcohol policies. All are available at the following links:

UM Faculty and Staff Drug-Free Workplace policy & procedures:

UM Faculty and Staff Drug and Alcohol Testing policy and procedures: 

University alcohol policies:

A summary of state and federal drug and alcohol laws and associated penalties, including penalties for impaired driving in Montana, Montana drug-related laws, and federal drug penalties associated with possession of a controlled substance, can be found on the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs website at:  

Students: Policies & Disciplinary Action

UM students must also abide by the University of Montana Student Conduct Code, published on the website for the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students also sends out an annual notice at the beginning of the year to students reminding them of the Student Conduct Code and their responsibility as citizens of the community to familiarize themselves with University rules and policies.

Students should also review and understand all of the University alcohol and drug policies, which are referenced in the Student Conduct Code and summarized on the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Affairs website at

The UM Student Conduct specifically prohibits the following behavior:

  • Use, possession, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on University premises or at University-sponsored activities except as permitted by University policies (see UM facility use policies and UM alcohol and drug policies).

Students must also abide by all local, state, and federal laws regarding drugs and alcohol as enforced by law enforcement.