• Home
  • Alcohol & Drug Policy

Alcohol & Drug Policy


1To explain the University's alcohol and drug policy for employees and students.

Applies to: 

Employees and students.

Policy Statement: 

Prevention of Alcohol & Drug Use

On campus and in the workplace and conditions of employment

The University of Kansas prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, purchase, or distribution of alcohol or drugs, or any attempt thereof, by students or by employees on its property or as part of its activities.

The University is committed to a program to prevent the illegal or irresponsible use of drugs and alcohol by students and employees. Any student or employee found to be using, possessing, manufacturing, or distributing controlled substances or alcohol, or whose behavior evidences being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances, in violation of the law on University property or at University events shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with policies of the State of Kansas, the Board of Regents, and the University of Kansas.

For employees, the University will take appropriate personnel action for such infractions, up to and including termination. See the Policy and Procedures on Substance Abuse. Students who violate this policy will be subject to sanctions which may include completion of an approved drug or alcohol rehabilitation program, disciplinary warning, probation, suspension and expulsion from the University.

As a condition of employment, all employees of the University of Kansas shall abide by the terms of this policy statement and will notify the University of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction. The University will, in turn, notify as appropriate, the applicable federal agency of the conviction within ten days of receipt of notification of conviction. The University will initiate personnel action, up to and including termination, within thirty days of receiving notice of such conviction. Employees may also be required to satisfactorily participate, at their own expense, a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program before being allowed to return to work. For purposes of this policy, "conviction" means a finding of guilt (including a plea of nolo contendere) or imposition of sentence, or both, by any judicial body charged with the responsibility to determine violations of the federal or state criminal drug statutes.

General Alcohol Policy

University of Kansas Policy

The consumption of alcoholic liquor on the campus of the University of Kansas is prohibited by State statute except under special circumstances provided by law. Any alcoholic liquor service must conform to the policies of the Kansas Board of Regents and the University of Kansas and must be approved by the chancellor.

The Alcohol Service at Events policy is available online.


Human Resource Management
103 Carruth-O’Leary Hall
1246 W. Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045

Approved by: 
Approved on: 
Friday, August 31, 1990
Effective on: 
Friday, August 31, 1990
Review Cycle: 
Annual (As Needed)
Alcohol, Drugs, Conditions of Employment, Substance Abuse, Liquor, Alcohol & Drug, Alcohol & Drugs
Change History: 

08/15/2022: Policy reviewed, no updates needed.
01/24/2019: Updated Alcohol Service at Events link.
12/18/2014: Policy formatting cleanup (e.g., bolding, spacing).
12/02/2014: Added keywords for better search function
06/12/2014: Technical edits to policy to improve formatting
04/23/2014: Technical edit to Policy Statement.
07/10/2013: Updated policy title to make policy more easily searchable.
04/23/2013: Added language prohibiting the purchase or attempted purchase of alcohol or drugs on campus; added “behavior evidencing being under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances” to list of violations of KU and Board of Regents policy and Kansas State law
02/01/2013: Added link to new all-University policy on the use of alcohol at University events.
10/2010: KU Substance Abuse Policy link added to policy.

Operational Categories: 
Health & Safety
Personnel: Administrators Categories: 
Workplace Rules & Guidelines
Personnel: Affiliates/Volunteers Categories: 
Workplace Rules & Guidelines
Personnel: Faculty/Academic Staff Categories: 
Workplace Rules & Guidelines
Personnel: Staff Categories: 
Workplace Rules & Guidelines
Personnel: Student Employees Categories: 
Workplace Rules & Guidelines

Can't Find What You're Looking For?
Policy Library Search
KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times