Policies and Laws
Generally, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted on campus. Exceptions are granted for meetings or other functions where proper permission and permits have been obtained. It is illegal to sell alcohol without a permit and no one under the age of 21 is permitted to consume or possess alcohol.
General guidance for the sale or serving of alcoholic beverages on campus can be found in UW Administrative Policy Statement 13.9 and WAC 478-136-030. Specific guidelines and procedures applicable to the UW Tacoma campus are linked below.
Non-compliance by individuals or groups with these guidelines and procedures, or with any of the laws or regulations regarding the sale or serving of alcohol at UW Tacoma, may jeopardize future use of campus facilities and may result in other disciplinary or legal actions as deemed appropriate.
- Authorization to Apply for a Permit to Serve Alcoholic Beverages on Campus
- This file includes the form, policies and instructions
- Student Organization Guidelines on Alcohol
- Application for Special Occasion License
The University of Washington is committed to maintaining an environment of teaching and learning which is free of illicit drugs. In compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act, all students and employees of the University of Washington are notified of the following:
- The unlawful possession, use, distribution or manufacture of alcohol or any controlled substance (as defined in CH 69.50 RCW) on any University campus or during University-sponsored activities are prohibited (CH 478-124 WAC).
- Students and employees who are found to be in violation of this stated prohibition may be subject to arrest and conviction under the applicable criminal laws of local municipalities, the state of Washington, or the United States. Conviction can result in sanctions including probation, fines and imprisonment.
- Students who are found to be in violation of this stated prohibition subject to discipline in accordance with the requirements and procedures of the Student Conduct Code (CH 478-120 WAC). Discipline may include disciplinary probation or dismissal from the University.
- Faculty and staff employees who are found to be in violation of this stated prohibition are subject to discipline in accordance with the applicable University employment rules and procedures. Discipline may include salary reduction, suspension, or termination of employment.
- The provisions of the UW Administrative Policy Statement 13.7, "Alcohol and Drug Abuse Policy." Employees should be aware that:
- It is dangerous to use and abuse alcohol and other drugs, and that many illnesses and deaths have been medically related to the use and abuse of illicit drugs and alcohol.
- The University has declared itself to be a drug-free work and educational environment.
- Alcohol and other drug counseling, rehabilitation, and employee assistance programs are listed in the Administrative Policy Statement 13.7.
- For students, the Counseling Center offers counseling for alcohol- and other drug-related problems.
Generally, possession of a firearm or other weapons and instruments (does not apply to pepper spray) is not permitted on campus. Individuals may make a request for an exception to carry a weapon in writing using the following procedure:
- Submit request to carry weapon in writing to the Director of Campus Safety and Security.
- Written request includes reason for needing to carry weapon on campus.
- If requestor is asking to carry a concealed pistol they must provide a copy of current valid concealed pistol permit license and copy of current valid state driver’s license.
- Requestor signs a release form for a Washington State Patrol criminal background check to determine if there have been violent convictions since obtaining the concealed permit license.
- Director of Campus Safety and Security forwards the request to the Chancellor of the University of Washington Tacoma, per WAC 478-120-020(3(f).
- Director of Campus Safety and Security reviews the request with the Chancellor.
- Chancellor consults with Chief of Police of the University of Washington Police Department in Seattle who will provide recommendation and advice on the request.
- Chancellor consults with the Attorney General’s Office.
- Chancellor meets with appropriate Vice Chancellor to review the request. Student requests are reviewed with the Vice Chancellor of Student & Enrollment Services; faculty requests are reviewed by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and staff requests are reviewed by the Vice Chancellor of Administrative Services.
- Chancellor responds to requestor in writing, a copy of the letter is kept on file in the Chancellor’s office; a copy is forwarded to the University of Washington Attorney General’s Office and UW Tacoma Campus Safety and Security office.
For more information, please contact Susan Wagshul-Golden, Director of Campus Safety and Security.
Washington State Drug Laws
- Washington State Uniform Controlled Substances Act
Revised Code of Washington 69.50
- Illicit Drugs Considered to be Controlled Substances
RCW 69.50.101 Definitions (including a list of illicit drugs)
- State Penalties for Illegal Sale of Controlled Substances (See Article IV)
For the illegal sale of any controlled substance is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, $500,000 fine, or both.
Federal Drug Laws
The possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs is prohibited by federal law. Strict penalties are provided for drug convictions, including mandatory prison terms for many offenses.
- Federal penalties for drug convictions
- Denial of Federal Benefits
Title 21 > Chapter 13 > Subchapter I > Part D > Sec. 862
Civil penalties may also be imposed for possession of small amounts of controlled substances, whether or not criminal prosecution is pursued.
Students committing sexual offenses in any form including acquaintance rape, can be prosecuted under Washington State criminal statues and/or disciplined under the Student Conduct Code.
The Washington State Criminal Code defines sex offense terms in RCW 9A.44.010
When they occur on campus, rape and other forcible or non-forcible sex offenses also violate the Student Conduct Code and may result in a variety of disciplinary actions, including suspension or permanent dismissal from the University. In cases involving an alleged sexual offense, the accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary hearing. Both the accuser and accused shall be informed of the outcome of any campus disciplinary proceeding as a result of an alleged sexual assault.
If you or someone you know is the victim of a sexual assault, report it immediately to the police. Except in cases involving domestic violence offenses, reporting the incident to the police does not mean that charges will be pressed, but it will be easier if you decide to do so later. Resources are available to help you on and off campus. Trained staff members assist victims in coping with the aftermath of assaults and in exploring available options confidentially. You are encouraged to tell someone and to seek help.
Students, staff and faculty members and other users of university services who have a concern or complaint regarding sexual harassment may also contact either the Director of Human Resources at UW Tacoma, the Ombudsman at 253-692-4476 or the University Complaint Investigation and Resolution Office at 206-616-2028. Personnel in these offices provide assistance in resolving concerns and complaints. Also, UW Tacoma staff may contact the director of Human Resources at UW Tacoma about sexual harassment concerns.
University of Washington Tacoma Missing Student Policy and Procedure
In compliance with the Missing Student Procedures 20 USC 1092 (j) (Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008), it is the policy of the University of Washington Tacoma Student Affairs and the Department of Campus Safety and Security to investigate any report of a missing student who resides either on or off campus. This policy, with its accompanying procedures, establishes a framework for cooperation among members of the University community aimed at locating and assisting students who are reported missing. A student shall be deemed missing when he or she is reported absent from the University for more than 24 hours without any known reason. All reports of missing students shall be directed to the Department of Campus Safety and Security, which will investigate each report, and make a determination as to whether the student is missing, in accordance to this policy.
The University Student Housing Office is configured for apartment style living and therefore, may not adhere to regular or prescribed timelines for monitoring students. Student welfare and safety is of paramount concern to the University, however, the University recognizes, and makes known, its limitations in obtaining accurate and timely information on the whereabouts of students.
Each student living on campus has the option to identify an individual to be contacted by the University no later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined missing, in accordance with official notification procedures established by the University.
Each student living on campus has the option to register confidential contact information, in the event that the student is determined to be missing for a period of more than 24 hours. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement have access to this information for investigative purposes only.
Each student over the age of 18 has the choice to opt out of determining a contact person, as set in the Missing Student Policy as per the Missing Student Procedures, 20 USC 1092 (j) (Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008), through signing a waiver on the Missing Student Policy Form. If a missing student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, the University is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the determination has been made by the Department of Campus Safety and Security that the student is missing.
The Department of Campus Safety and Security will also notify the Tacoma Police Department or other appropriate law enforcement agencies no later than 24 hours after the determination has been made the student is missing, even if the student has not registered a contact person, and also in accordance with the University’s emergency contact procedures and the student’s contact designation. In keeping with trends across the nation, UW Tacoma Student Housing is configured for apartment style living and therefore may not adhere to regular or prescribed timelines for monitoring students. Student welfare and safety is paramount to the institution; however, the University recognizes and makes known its limitations in obtaining accurate and timely information on the whereabouts of students.
The Office of the Vice Chancellor shall have the responsibility to make the provisions of this policy and the procedures set forth below available to students.
- Any report of a missing student, from any source, should immediately be directed to the Department of Campus Safety and Security at 253-692-4888.
- When a student is reported missing the Department of Campus Safety and Security shall:
a. initiates an investigation to determine the validity of the missing person report;
b. contact the Office of Student & Enrollment Services;
c. make a determination as to the status of the missing student;
d. notify the Tacoma Police Department, or other appropriate law enforcement agencies, within 24 hours after determining that the student is missing.
When contacted by the Department of Campus Safety and Security, the Office of the VCSAES shall:
- Notify the Director of Student Services, the Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, and the Chancellor’s Office;
- If, upon investigation, the Department of Campus Safety and Security determines the student is missing, the Office of VCSAES will notify the individual missing student’s emergency contact within 24 hours of making the determination that the student is missing.
- If the missing student is under the age of 18, and not an emancipated individual, will notify the student’s custodial parent or guardian as contained in the records of the University within 24 hours of the determination that the student is missing.
- The Office of VCSAES shall initiate whatever action is deemed appropriate, and in the best interest of the missing student.
Student Notification of This Policy:
- Included on Student Housing and Office of VCSAES websites.
- Discussed during New Student and Parent Orientations.
- Discussed during the beginning of the quarter and at mandatory housing meetings.
- Included in the annual Department of Campus Safety and Security Report and website.
- Notices sent out to all residents by the Campus Housing Office