Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP)

The University of Florida is committed to providing a safe and healthy environment for all students and employees. The University of Florida’s Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention Program (DAAPP) seeks to provide students and employees support regarding the use and abuse of drugs and alcohol.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) as detailed in 34 CFR Part 86, require institutions of higher education to certify that they have adopted and implemented a drug and alcohol abuse prevention program.

In this DAAPP you will find university policies and regulations related to drug and alcohol abuse prevention; local, state, and federal laws regarding drugs and alcohol; the health risks associated with the use of drugs and alcohol; the programs and intervention efforts provided by the university; and the disciplinary sanctions associated with violations of university policies and regulations.

In addition, UF must conduct a biennial review in order to measure the effectiveness of its DAAPP, and to ensure consistent treatment in enforcement of its disciplinary sanctions.

The two most recent versions of the biennial review can be reviewed here: 

2018-2020 Biennial Review - DFSCA

2016-2018 Biennial Review - DFSCA

This DAAPP is produced by interdisciplinary partners from GatorWell, Employee Relations, University Athletic Association, the Division of Student Life, Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution, University of Florida Police Department, and UF Compliance and Ethics. For more information, contact: 

Jonah Neville, M.S. CHES
Health Promotion Specialist
GatorWell Health Promotion Services
(352) 273-4450
jneville1@ufl.edu  

Rebecca DeCesare, Ph.D.
Assistant Director, Clery Act Compliance
Compliance and Ethics
(352) 294-3579​
rdecesare@ufl.edu

Policies related to drug and alcohol abuse prevention

University Regulations (Some regulations apply to all members of the University community or the University campus, while others may apply only to certain segments of the University community, such as students):

University of Florida Regulation 1.008: Disruptive Behavior

Description: Provides that all University faculty, staff and students shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by University authority when engaging in misconduct. Included within the definition of the term “disruptive conduct” are the following behaviors: violating the University regulation on the use of alcoholic beverages, the illegal possession or misuse or drugs and other controlled substances, and violating any of the laws of Florida or the United States.

Responsible Office

None specifically listed. However, faculty and staff violations would involve those individual’s direct supervisors; violations by students would involve the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Link:

https://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1008.pdf

University of Florida Regulation 2.019: Alcoholic Beverages.

Description: Outlines requirements for and li

University of Florida Regulation 1.008: Disruptive Behavior

Description: Provides that all University faculty, staff and students shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action by University authority when engaging in misconduct. Included within the definition of the term “disruptive conduct” are the following behaviors: violating the University regulation on the use of alcoholic beverages, the illegal possession or misuse or drugs and other controlled substances, and violating any of the laws of Florida or the United States.

Responsible Office

None specifically listed. However, faculty and staff violations would involve those individual’s direct supervisors; violations by students would involve the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Link:

https://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/1008.pdf

Limitations related to selling alcoholic beverages on all properties under the control of the University as well as all fraternity and sorority houses. Also outlines requirements for and limitations related to the service, consumption, and possession of alcohol on the University campus, including approvals that must be received to hold an event where alcohol will be sold or served. Limitations in the regulation include physical restrictions, such as areas on campus where alcohol may or may not be sold, served, consumed, or possessed and time restrictions when permission may not be granted for the sale, service, consumption or possession of alcohol (e.g. as a general rule, alcohol cannot be sold, served, consumed or possessed at any event held during the University’s normal business hours, 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday).

Responsible Office

Vice President for Business Affairs

Link:

https://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/2019.2016final4-8-16.pdf

 

University of Florida Regulation 2.022: No Smoking or Tobacco Use.

Description: Prohibits all use of tobacco, whether lighted or not, on the University of Florida campus as well as any other lands on which a health care facility occupied or controlled by the University is located. This prohibition includes electronic or vapor cigarettes as well as chewing tobacco and smokeless tobacco. This policy also requires the university to maintain a smoking cessation program available for students, faculty, and staff.

Responsible Office

Enforcement of this regulation is left to whomever is in charge of the facility or area where the use of tobacco might occur. However, if a student fails to comply with the regulation, the Office of Student Activities and Involvement (“SAI”) is contacted (note: SAI employees learning of such compliance issues refer such cases to the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution). Similarly, if a staff or faculty member fails to comply with the regulation, their immediate supervisor must be notified.

Link:

https://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2022.pdf

 

University of Florida Regulation 3.057: Workers’ Compensation, Unemployment Compensation and Drug Testing.

Description: Provides that the University’s Human Resources is responsible for administering all drug testing programs at the University. Additionally, requires the University’s Human Resources to maintain all policies, procedures, and drug testing records.

Responsible Office

University Human Resources

Link:

https://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/3057.pdf

 

University of Florida Regulation 4.040: Student Honor Code and Student Conduct Code (also reprinted separately as the “The Orange Book”).

Description: Establishes the University’s Student Honor Code, Student Conduct Code and the student conduct system. All students and student organizations are required to adhere to the honor and conduct codes when on University-controlled property, at University-sponsored events, and, under certain circumstances, when off-campus. The regulation’s conduct code contains sections on both alcoholic beverage and drug violations, and alcohol and drug use are also factored into other conduct concerns such as hazing, driving under the influence and disruptive conduct.  The regulation also enumerates the rights (including appeal rights) all accused students and student organizations have if they are charged with alleged violations of the Student Honor Code or the Student Conduct Code. Students and student organizations found responsible for violating the Student Conduct Code are subject to academic, status, or educational sanctions appropriate to the violation.

Responsible Office

The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Link:

https://regulations.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/4.040_18_revised2.pdf

Regulation 4.04(4) Violations of the Student Conduct Code.

(a) Alcoholic Beverages Violations.

1. Under-age possession or consumption. Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by a Student under twenty-one (21) years old.

2. Distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages. Distribution or sale of an alcoholic beverage to any person under twenty-one (21) years old.

3. Possession of common source containers. Unless explicitly approved in advance in writing by the Division of Student Life or Business Affairs for a particular occasion, a Student or Student Organization cannot possess or use of kegs, mini kegs, or other common source containers of alcoholic beverages, such as trash cans, tubs, or similar containers of alcohol, when such possession or use occurs on campus, in the housing of any University of Florida organization or group, or in connection with a University Activity.

4. Alcohol abuse. Regardless of the age of those involved, facilitating, arranging, or participating in any extreme alcohol consumption activity that constitutes, facilitates, or encourages competitive, rapid, or excessive consumption of alcohol when such activity occurs on campus, in the housing of any University of Florida organization or group, or in connection with a University Activity.

5. Any other violation of the Alcoholic Beverages Regulation, University of Florida Regulation 2.019

(d) Driving under the Influence. Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or other mind-altering substance. Operation of a motor vehicle while Impaired by drugs, alcohol, or other mind-altering substance or while having an unlawful blood or breath alcohol level.

(e) Drug Violations.

1. Use, possession, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of a controlled substance that is prohibited by Law. Knowingly inhaling or ingesting substances that will alter a Student’s mental state. Use of legal medication outside the parameters of the medical authorization. Possession or use of prescription medications not prescribed to the user.

2. Possession of drug paraphernalia

Employee-Related Policies:

Policy: Drug-Free Workplace

Description: Issued January 1, 2019, the Drug-Free Workplace policy sets forth the University’s commitment to providing all of its employees with a drug-free workplace. To that end, the policy prohibits all faculty, staff, students, and volunteers from engaging in the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, and/or use of a controlled substance or alcohol at University work locations and while engaged in university business off campus. Other conduct prohibited by the policy includes reporting to work, class, or any university activity while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol or operating a university vehicle under the influence of such substances. The policy also includes: (a) the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol; (b) enforcement procedures (including possible sanctions for violations of the policy); (c) a list of related University regulations and policies and (d) University- and community-based resources.

Responsible Office

UF Human Resources – Employee Relations

Link:

https://hub.policy.ufl.edu/s/article/Alcoholic-Beverage

Additional:

The University’s commitment to providing a safe and healthy environment for its faculty, staff, and students was reiterated in the following campus communication: https://news.hr.ufl.edu/news/uf-is-committed-to-a-drug-and-tobacco-free-workplace/

 

Policy: Alcoholic Beverage

Description: This policy augments University Regulation 2.019, Alcoholic Beverages, by establishing additional rules and requirements for venues and Events on University Property (as that term is defined in this policy) involving the sale, service, consumption, or possession of alcoholic beverages as set forth by the President’s designee, the Vice President for Business Affairs. 

Responsible Office

Vice President for Business Affairs

Link:

https://hub.policy.ufl.edu/s/article/Alcoholic-Beverage

 

Policy: Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator Drug Testing

Description: Revised in August, 2019, this policy is designed to fulfill the University’s compliance with the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 (OTETA) and applies to all individuals who operates a University of Florida commercial motor vehicle, even those who do so on a casual or occasional basis. This policy provides the full testing process, the conditions when testing is required, and the consequences an individual faces for violations of the policy.

Responsible Office

UFHR – Employee Relations

Link:

https://hub.policy.ufl.edu/s/article/Commercial-Motor-Vehicle-Operator-Drug-Testing

 

Student-Related Policies:

Policy: Medical Amnesty Policy

Description: The Medical Amnesty Policy (“MAP”) is designed to encourage students to make responsible decisions and seek prompt, professional, medical assistance and treatment in serious or life-threatening situations that result from alcohol and/or other drug abuse such as alcohol poisoning or drug overdose. If the MAP applies, University students who seek assistance and/or medical treatment for themselves or others experiencing an alcohol and/or other drug-related emergency as well as the University student who is facing the medical emergency (if the two are not the same individual) will not face conduct charges under the University’s Student Code of Conduct, Housing & Residence Education Community Standards, and Greek Life policies. Such students will, instead, be required to meet with a member of the GatorWell Health Promotion Services office and, possibly, be referred to a substance abuse specialist for assessment, counseling, and/or possible referral for treatment.

Responsible Office

The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

Link:

https://sccr.dso.ufl.edu/policies/medical-amnesty-policy/

 

Policy: Housing & Residence Life Community Standards

Description: Annually issued handbook setting out the standards applicable to all students residing in or student organizations operating out of University-owned or -operated residence halls. In accordance with other University policies, the standards expand upon the University’s rules related to alcohol, drug and tobacco use by focusing on their use (or the prohibition of their use) in the residence halls. These standards are reinforced through a three-tiered approach: education, engagement, and enforcement (the enforcement process follows the processes found in the Student Conduct Code). Most year’s policies are relatively similar.

Responsible Office

Housing & Residence Life - Office of Conduct and Community Standards.

Link

(22-23 AY):

https://housing.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/2022-2023_HRE_CommunityStandards_V6.pdf

Policy: UAA DUI & UAA Code of Conduct Policy [for student athletes]

Description: Designed to represent a higher standard of conduct for student athletes, UAA has developed for student athletes a UAA Code of Conduct that supplements the University’s Student Honor Code and Conduct Code. Student athletes are provided this UAA Code of Conduct, as well as other UAA policies and practices in their Student Athlete Handbook. The UAA policies included in the Student Athlete Handbook (including the UAA Code of Conduct) address a wide array of alcohol- and drug-related issues, including those related to driving under the influence, medical amnesty, the UAA substance abuse program, and approved nutritional supplements. The Handbook also discusses sanctions for violations of these policies. In addition to complying with University regulations and policies, all such policies are also governed by NCAA and SEC rules. 

Responsible Office

UAA

Link:

2022-2023 Student-Athlete Handbook

 

Policy: UAA policies related to alcohol purchase, possession, and service within UAA facilities and at UAA events (such as athletic events).

Description: UAA is authorized to determine at which of its facilities and under what conditions alcohol can be purchased, served, or possessed. In accordance with the practices of the SEC, UAA has started to expand the number of sports at which alcohol may be served during games.

Responsible Office

UAA

Link:

In accordance with an expansion of SEC rules, Florida established a pilot program beginning in 2019 and 2020 to sell alcohol at some UAA home games (see https://floridagators.com/news/2020/2/6/general-florida-unveils-pilot-program-to-sell-alcohol-at-baseball-softball-and-lacrosse-games.aspx and https://floridagators.com/news/2019/11/4/florida-unveils-pilot-program-to-sell-alcohol-at-mens-basketball-games.aspx)

 

Policy: Sorority and Fraternity Affairs Event Guidelines for Social Sororities and Fraternities

Description: Provides the process social fraternities and sororities must follow in order to hold events with alcohol either on the University’s campus, in the organization’s chapter house (if the house is not on campus) or off campus.

Responsible Office

Sorority and Fraternity Affairs

Link:

https://greeks.ufl.edu/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Event-Guidelines-Policy.pdf

Miscellaneous:

Web Pages for students

Description: On several student-centered websites, the University reiterates students’ and student organizations’ legal responsibilities, under Florida law, as well as general responsibilities, under University’s rules, related to alcohol and drug possession, sale, and use. Additionally, information is provided about the health risks of illicit drug use and the abuse of and counseling and rehabilitative programs are discussed.

Web Page:

University Dean of Student’s Office: Student Handbook

Link:

https://dso.ufl.edu/resources/student-handbook/

Information Provided:

This webpage includes: a reiteration of the University’s policies related to alcohol and drugs; selected laws pertaining to alcoholic beverages use, possession and intoxication; legal sanctions under federal and state law for various criminal offenses related to alcohol and drugs; health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, and the availability of counseling and rehabilitation programs. 

Web Page:

Undergraduate Catalog: Student Responsibilities

Link:

https://catalog.ufl.edu/UGRD/student-responsibilities/

Information Provided:

This page reiterates the potential negative impact of students’ use of alcohol and other drugs and the efforts the University community can take to prevent alcohol abuse and illicit drug use.

Local, State, and Federal laws regarding Drugs and Alcohol

Links to PDF documents:

Local Ordinances

City of Gainesville Ordinances (PDF)

Alachua County Ordinances (PDF)

Florida State Statutes

FSS Chapter 893: Drug Abuse Prevention and Control (PDF)

FSS Chapter 381.986: Medical use of marijuana (PDF)

FSS Chapter 561: Beverage Law (PDF)

FSS Chapter 562: Beverage Law, Enforcement (PDF)

Federal Enforcement

Drug Enforcement Agency Federal Trafficking Penalties (PDF)

Health Risks Associated with the use of Drugs and Alcohol

Health Risks Associated with the Use of Illicit Drugs and the Abuse of Alcohol (source: Drug-Free Workplace Policy)

Alcohol consumption causes a number of marked changes in behavior. Even low doses of alcohol significantly impair the judgment and coordination required to drive a car safely, increasing the likelihood that the driver will be involved in an accident. The use of small amounts of alcohol by a pregnant woman can damage the fetus. Low to moderate doses of alcohol also increase the incidence of a variety of aggressive acts.

Moderate to high doses of alcohol cause marked impairment in higher mental functions, severely altering a person’s ability to learn and remember information. Heavy use may result in chronic depression and suicide and also may be associated with the abuse of other drugs. Very high doses can cause respiratory depression and death. If combined with other depressants of the central nervous system, much lower doses of alcohol will produce the effects described. Even occasional heavy drinking may be associated with the harmful effects described above. Binge drinking, which occurs over an extended period of time, involves repeated use of alcohol to the point of intoxication. A person may give up usual activities and responsibilities during this time in order to use the alcohol, and serious impairment in all areas of functioning may occur.

Long-term heavy alcohol use can cause digestive disorders, cirrhosis of the liver, circulatory system disorders, and impairment of the central nervous system—all of which may lead to early death. Repeated use of alcohol can lead to dependence, and at least 15 to 20 percent of heavy users eventually will become problem drinkers or alcoholics if they continue drinking. Sudden cessation of alcohol intake is likely to produce withdrawal symptoms, including severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and convulsions, which can be life threatening.

The use of illegal drugs and the misuse of prescription and other drugs also pose a serious threat to health. The use of marijuana (cannabis) may cause impairment of short-term memory, comprehension, and ability to perform tasks requiring concentration. Marijuana use also may cause lung damage, paranoia, and possible psychosis. The use of narcotics, depressants, stimulants, and hallucinogens may cause nervous system disorders and possible death as the result of an overdose. Illicit inhalants can cause liver damage.

Any person taking prescription drugs or over-the-counter medication is personally responsible for ensuring that while taking such drugs or medications, he or she is not a safety risk to themselves and others while on University property, while driving a University or privately owned vehicle, or while otherwise engaged in University business.  It is illegal to misuse prescription medication, i.e. continue to use medication when the prescription is no longer valid, use prescribed drugs contrary to the prescription, and give or sell prescribed drugs to another person. Individuals that have been prescribed medication must present a fit for duty document from their medical provider indicating that they can safely return to work if continued use of the prescribed medication is required.

For more information on health risks, please visit GatorWell's Health Topics Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drug Comprehensive Programs and Interventions

Students

Individual Based Programs/Interventions

Program: Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS)

Description: Harm-reduction intervention for college students. Students often conform to patterns of heavy drinking or cannabis use they see as acceptable, while holding false beliefs about cannabis/alcohol’s effects or actual cannabis/alcohol-use norms. BASICS is designed to help students make better decisions about using alcohol and cannabis.

Location

GatorWell Health Promotion Services

Timing

By Appointment

Target

Sanctioned Students; Medical Amnesty Referrals

Classification

Indicated

College AIM

Higher Effectiveness, Individual

Category

Screening

Data

2018-2019

Number of sessions: 120

 

2019-2020

Number of sessions: 90

Program: Cannabis Screening and Intervention for College Students (CASICS)

Description: Harm-reduction intervention for college students. Students often conform to patterns of cannabis use they see as acceptable, while holding false beliefs about cannabis effects or actual cannabis-use norms. CASICS is designed to help students make better decisions about using cannabis.

Location

GatorWell Health Promotion Services

Timing

By Appointment

Target

Sanctioned Students; Medical Amnesty Referrals

Classification

Indicated

Category

Screening

 

Program: Electronic Check-Up to Go (eCHECK-Up) for alcohol and cannabis

Description: Alcohol eCHECKUP TO GO is a web-based survey that provides students with personalized feedback about their drinking/cannabis patterns and how their alcohol/cannabis use might affect their health and personal goals.

Location

GatorWell Health Promotion Services

Timing

Online

Target

General Student Population; Sanctioned Students

Classification

Universal; Indicated when sanctioned

College AIM

Higher Effectiveness, Individual

Category

Education, Screening

 

Program: Everfi AlcoholEdu

Description: During this biennial period, the university required the AlcoholEdu online course on alcohol education for all incoming students to the University of Florida, which includes first year students as well as transfer students and newly admitted graduate/professional students.

Location

University of Florida Division of Student Affairs

Timing

Online

Target

All incoming UF students

Classification

Selective

College AIM

Higher Effectiveness, Individual

Category

Education

 

Program: Gator Emergency Medical Response Unit’s Alcohol Education Resource Program (AERP)

Description: The Gator Emergency Medical Response Unit’s  Alcohol Education Resource Program (AERP) is a program designed to prevent and address medical emergencies related to drug and alcohol use. AERP proactively addresses this by educating students in Residence Halls and on campus about calling for help, recognizing medical emergencies, and understanding the medical amnesty policy. AERP also offers a peer-mediated Alcohol Skills Training Program and informational presentations. Furthermore, AERP seeks to help connect students with UF resources for care after a drug or alcohol-related medical emergency by connecting students to GatorWell, CWC, and other campus resources. If you have questions or would like to connect with GEMRU's AERP about programming, email the program at GEMRU-AERP@ad.ufl.edu

Contact

GEMRU-AERP@ad.ufl.edu

Group Based Programs/Interventions

  • Peer Education
    • GatorWell Health Hut: GatorWell’s Health Hut peer education program offers brief educational interventions with students regarding alcohol use during the fall semester (October) and the week before Spring Break.
    • Florida Greek Ambassadors: FGA is a peer education organization that is comprised of UF students affiliated with the Florida Greek Community. This group provides education and outreach on relevant issues and community/university policies as they pertain to Greek Life, including hazing and general bystander intervention education.
  • Freshman Orientation (“Preview”) Presentations: Students receive a presentation on alcohol and drug use on the second day of their 2-day freshman orientation program called “Preview.” This presentation is given to all incoming freshman to the University of Florida. For 2020, Preview was conducted virtually to accommodate COVID-related event policies. In lieu of in-person presentations to all incoming students, a video was created with similar content that was provided online through UF’s Canvas portal.
  • Health Communication Campaigns: GatorWell provides health communication campaigns regularly throughout the year. During this biennial review, the following campaigns were created alongside standard messaging during the alcohol biweekly message in fall and spring semesters:
    • “Make it a Good Night” campaign focused on increasing water consumption and reducing number of drinks consumed in an outing.
    • Social norming and risk reduction strategies were promoted alongside the opening of Gainesville’s “Streatery”, a city-level initiative that increased outdoor dining options to reduce indoor spread of COVID-19.
  • Group Presentations: Presentations on alcohol and other drug use for the general student body have been provided primarily by GatorWell and Counseling and Wellness Center, with occasional presentations by the University of Florida Police Department.
  • University Athletics Education/Presentations: The University Athletic Association and the Substance Abuse Committee are committed to informing student-athletes on this issue. Examples include:
    • Arranging speakers and seminars for coaches and staff in order for them to be more familiar with areas of substance abuse
    • Educational programming conducted by the Hawkins Center as part of the student athlete life skills program. Presentations and seminars include topics relative to substance abuse, alcohol use and steroid and supplement education.
    • Disseminating information and materials available from NCAA, campus, and community resources on the topic of drugs, including alcohol and tobacco, as well as materials related to general health and well-being.
    • Providing opportunities for student-athletes to discuss health, legal, and ethical risks of alcohol and other drug use during freshman orientation and preseason meetings. Providing opportunities for review and input by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).
    • Communicating with independent committees on campus dealing with substance abuse.
  • Workshops and Seminars:
    • Substance Use and Abuse Seminar
    • Success Not Excess: Group workshop discussing use of alcohol and other drugs, developing an understanding of drugs and potential effects, identify warning signs for developing an addiction, and clarify values.
  • AA or Recovery based groups
    • UF Collegiate Recovery Community
  • Educational programs usually reserved for policy violators that individuals can voluntarily participate in include:
    • Alcohol, Drugs, and the Law Seminar: Educational seminar co-facilitated with GatorWell Health Promotion Services and University of Florida Police Department. This seminar was a 1 hour to 1 hour, 30-minute discussion/lecture on alcohol education and legal consequences of substance use/misuse.
    • Substance Abuse Screening and Intervention Program: Provides students with the opportunity to speak with a mental health counselor to explore the student’s current and past substance abuse, family history of substance abuse, and other factors that may affect their risk of developing a substance use disorder.
    • Back on TRAC (Treatment, Responsibility, and Accountability)

Universal or Entire Population Based Programs/Interventions

Program: Safe Ride Programs

Description:

  • SNAP: Student Nighttime Auxiliary Patrol (SNAP) offers free rides to students on-campus as well as surrounding parts close to campus
  • Later Gator: Gainesville Regional Transit System (RTS) offers a late night “Later Gator” extended hours and routes for students that are traveling from downtown and Midtown to campus as well as common locations for student apartment complexes
  • UF Safe Rides – Rideshare Discount: In April 2017, Student Government began offering an Uber discount for UF students. During this biennium period, the program shifted from Student Government to UF Transportation and Parking Services. The service also shifted from Uber to Lyft, offering students a 50% discount (or $15 maximum, whichever threshold is hit first) on standard or Lyft XL rides. The discount is applicable Wednesday through Sunday, 9 pm – 3 am.

Location

UFPD/ Gainesville RTS / UF Transportation and Parking

Timing

Select evening hours, by request

Target

All UF students

Classification

Universal

College AIM

Mixed Results / Too Few Studies, Environmental

Category

Environment

 

Program: Gator Nights

Description: Gator Nights is a free program held at the Reitz Union on Friday evenings. The program features first-run movies, bands, improv comedy shows, cultural events, dances, DJs, artists, video game tournaments, popcorn and soda, and a free midnight breakfast.

Location

UF Student Activities & Involvement / Reitz Union

Timing

Friday nights during the academic year

Target

All UF students

Classification

Universal

College AIM

Mixed Results / Too Few Studies, Environmental

Category

Environment

 

Intervention: Health Communication Campaigns

Description:

  • GatorWell provides health communication campaigns throughout the year. During this biennial review, the following campaigns were created alongside standard messaging during the alcohol biweekly message in fall and spring semesters:
    • “Make it a Good Night” campaign focused on increasing water consumption and reducing number of drinks consumed in an outing.
  • Social norming and risk reduction strategies were promoted alongside the opening of Gainesville’s “Streatery”, a city-level initiative that increased outdoor dining options to reduce indoor spread of COVID-19.

Location

N/A

Timing

N/A

Target

All UF students

Classification

Universal

College AIM

Lower Effectiveness (when used alone)

Category

Environmental

 

Environmental/Socio-Ecological Based Programs

  • UF Community Alcohol Coalition (CAC): The CAC meets once a semester for UF, Santa Fe College, Alachua County Schools, City of Gainesville, Gainesville Police Department, and other community members to share updates on AOD data and initiatives as well as provide feedback and offer support for initiatives.
  • Game Day Texting System: University Athletic Association uses a game day texting system for any guest to report problems or request help in the stands. This system allows guests to also report any tobacco, drug, or alcohol use in the stadium, as all three are prohibited.
  • Responsible Beverage Service/Server Education Programs: The state of Florida does not require alcohol server training, though there are opportunities to take trainings throughout the year in the community through Gainesville Police Department and the Health Promotion and Wellness Coalition.
  • Enforcing Underage Drinking Law Programs: With combined efforts from University of Florida Police Department, Gainesville Police Department, and Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco, the following enforcement programs occur regularly:
    • Compliance Checks
    • Party patrols: Gainesville Police Department established a Party Patrol program where officers monitor neighborhoods with higher student population for noise violations and other factors that could contribute to an unsafe house party environment.
    • DUI enforcement
    • ID Checks at on and off- campus bars and establishments
  • Student Activities and Involvement risk management policies: Student Activities and Involvement requires that all on-campus events sponsored by student organizations have a permit through their office to hold such an event. On-campus events that serve alcohol must submit their permit application at least 21 days in advance and approved 3 days prior to the event dates.
  • Sorority and Fraternity Affairs (SFA) Risk Management: SFA requires that all Greek Life recruitment/intake/new member events are required to be alcohol-free. Along with following SAI permitting for on-campus events with alcohol, there are extra requirements for Greek Life events (on- and off-campus) regarding guest management and alcohol availability.

Staff and Faculty:

Program: Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Description: All UF faculty, staff, graduate assistants, non-student OPS employees, house staff/residents, and postdoc associates as well as their household members are eligible to receive services. Employees and each member of their household may request up to six free counseling visits per person, per event, per calendar year. In addition to mental health services, the UF EAP provides expanded worklife services including, but not limited to, childcare and elder care referral, moving and relocation guidance, legal consultation and referrals, financial consultation, and more.

 

EAP services can be found at https://eap.ufl.edu/

Location

University of Florida Human Resources

Timing

By Appointment

Target

All UF Employees

Classification

Indicated

College AIM

N/A

Category

Education, Screening, Treatment

 

Disciplinary Sanctions

Employees, Standard of Conduct (Drug-Free Workplace)

The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance or the unlawful possession and use of alcohol are harmful and strictly prohibited in and on property owned and controlled by the university. In addition, the possession, manufacturing, purchase, sale or distribution of controlled substances by an employee or student away from the University’s premises, while off duty, may also result in significant disciplinary action since such conduct may reflect unfavorably on the University.

No employee or student is to report to work, class, or any university activity while under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol, or operate a university vehicle under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. Additionally, the University also prohibits employees from making arrangements for such acts while conducting University business, on or off University premises. The use of alcoholic beverages by members of the university is at all times subject to the alcoholic beverage laws of the state of Florida, applicable county and city regulations, and UF Regulation 2.019, Alcohol Policy.

The possession and use of controlled drugs by members of the university community must at all times be in accordance with the provisions of Florida law, the regulations of the Board of Education, and the regulations of the university. Under Florida law, no person may possess substances regulated under the provisions of Chapter 893, Florida Statutes (controlled substances and “designer drugs”), unless dispensed and used pursuant to prescription or otherwise authorized by law. Sale and delivery of such substances are prohibited unless authorized by law.

Policy Violations

Violation of the policies and laws described in the Drug-Free Workplace Policy by an employee is grounds for disciplinary action up to and including termination in accordance with applicable university and the Florida Board of Education regulations and/or collective bargaining agreements. Such disciplinary actions also may include reprimand or suspension.

Additionally, a violation may be reason for evaluation and treatment of a drug- and/or alcohol-use disorder or referral for prosecution consistent with local, state, and federal criminal law. Disciplinary action by the university does not preclude the possibility of criminal charges against an employee. The filing of criminal charges similarly does not preclude action by the university.

State law prohibits the possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21. State law also makes it a crime for any person to possess or distribute controlled substances/drugs.

Individuals who have been convicted of a felony involving the sale of or trafficking in, or conspiracy to sell or traffic in, a controlled substance under certain circumstances may be disqualified from applying for state employment. Penalties under federal law for drug trafficking generally are greater than penalties under state law.

Failure to comply with this policy will result in disciplinary action, up to and including termination and/or referral to law enforcement for prosecution.

Additional information on reporting suspected HIPAA violations and enforcement can be found on the UF Health Privacy Page.


Students, University Regulations 4.04

(7) Sanctions. Students/Student Organizations found responsible for violating the Student Honor Code or the Student Conduct Code will be subject to Sanctions appropriate for the violation(s), with consideration of any mitigating circumstances; including but not limited to the Student’s/Student Organization’s previous conduct record. Sanctions include any combination of the following outcomes dependent on the violation itself: For a violation(s) of the Student Honor Code, a Student/Student Organization will receive one or more of the following academic Sanctions, in addition to any appropriate status and educational Sanctions. For a violation(s) of the Student Conduct Code, a Student/Student Organization will receive one or more of the following appropriate status and educational Sanctions:

(a) Academic Sanctions: outcomes that impact official University of Florida course grades where violation(s) under the Student Honor Code have occurred.

  1. Assignment grade penalty with resubmission: A point/grade reduction on the assignment/assessment in question, and with the permission of the Faculty member, an opportunity to resubmit the assignment/assessment with the addition of the implemented point/grade reduction.
  2. Assignment grade penalty: A point/grade reduction on the assignment/assessment in question.
  3. Course grade penalty with drop: A point/grade reduction for the entire course. However, the Student will be permitted to drop or withdraw the course with approval from the Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution or designee. Requests for drop consideration must be submitted in writing with rationale to the Director of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution or designee, where the final approval rests and is not eligible for independent appeal outside of the formal conduct appeal process.
  4. Course grade penalty without drop: A point/grade reduction for the entire course. There will be no ability to drop or withdraw from the course for any reason.

(b) Status Sanctions: outcomes that impact a Student’s/Student Organization’s standing with the University of Florida, including any privileges associated with being a University of Florida Student/Student Organization, which could also include the ability to be a University of Florida Student/Student Organization.

  1. Written reprimand: Official notice and recognition that the behavior of a Student/Student Organization has violated the Student Honor Code and/or the Student Conduct Code.
  2. Conduct review: An official notice that the Student/Student Organization conduct has violated the Student Honor Code and/or the Student Conduct Code, but is not sufficiently serious to warrant expulsion, suspension or probation. A Student/Student Organization on conduct review shall have their conduct under review for a specified period of time. This Sanction may require regular meetings with an appropriate official to ascertain and evaluate compliance with rules. Additional restrictions or conditions also may be imposed, depending on the nature and seriousness of the misconduct. Students/Student Organizations placed on this Sanction remain in good standing with the University. If there is a finding of responsibility for subsequent violations of the rules during this period of time, more severe Sanctions may be administered.
  3. Probation: A period of time where a Student/Student Organization is deemed not in good standing with the University of Florida. Should the Student/Student Organization be found responsible for any additional violations of University policy or fail to complete any assigned Sanctions by the assigned deadline(s), they will be subject to additional Sanctions; including but not limited to increased status Sanctions. Probation may also include the loss of specific University privileges as deemed appropriate by the Hearing authority. Determination of whether a Student may represent the University as a Student athlete will be made by the University Athletic Association.
  4. Loss of University privileges: Loss of University privileges may include but is not limited to: Attendance at athletic functions, holding leadership positions within Student Organizations as defined by Student Activities and Involvement or individual Student Organization by-Laws/constitutions, representing the University in any extracurricular activity or official function, study abroad, unrestricted University facility use, parking privileges, University computer usage, loss of social/philanthropy activities, ability to participate in intramurals, ability to reserve space for meetings/events on-campus, loss of block seating, ineligibility to receive future Institutional funding.
  5. Deferred suspension: Deferred suspension from the University of Florida is a period of review where the Student/Student Organization is not in good standing with the University and must demonstrate an ability to comply with University rules, Regulations, and all other stipulated requirements; which includes a loss of University privileges. If, during the period of the deferred suspension, the Student/Student Organization is found responsible for any additional violations of University policy or fails to complete any assigned Sanctions by the assigned deadline(s), the Student/Student Organization may be immediately suspended from the University for a minimum of one Semester and until any outstanding Sanctions are complete.
  6. Suspension: The Student/Student Organization will be separated from the University for a specified period of time and/or until certain conditions are met.
  7. Expulsion: The Student/Student Organization will be permanently separated from the University and will not have the ability to return as a Student/Student Organization at any point in time.

(c) Educational Sanctions: outcomes that provide a Student/Student Organization with opportunities to repair the harm of their actions and to engage in meaningful developmental experiences that will help the Student/Student Organization in avoiding future violations of University policy.

  1. Educational Sanctions may include but are not limited to completion of a seminar, assignment, substance consultation/evaluation, psychological consultation/evaluation, restitution and community service.
  2. Residence hall transfer or removal: A requirement to transfer residence halls or leave the residence halls for a specified or indefinite period of time.
  3. No contact directive: which will prohibit, for a period of time, both (all) parties from communicating directly or indirectly with one another, or through intermediaries.

(8) Withdrawing or Revoking a Degree.

(a) Withdrawing. A degree may be withdrawn after a Student has graduated where a violation of Student Conduct Code or Student Honor Code occurred before graduation in the following circumstances:

  1. The Student had a pending Student Conduct Code or Student Honor Code allegation or charge that was not resolved prior to the Student’s graduation.
  2. The University becomes aware of an alleged violation of the Student Conduct Code or Student Honor Code that took place before the Student graduated or received a degree from the University. The Student will receive the degree once the matter is resolved and any Sanctions (where appropriate) are completed unless the Sanction is expulsion, in which case the degree may be revoked.

(b) Revoking. A former Student may have their degree revoked under the provisions above, which include but are not limited to a determination through the Student Honor Code or the Student Conduct Code process that a violation occurred and resulted in expulsion, or upon a finding of research misconduct under Regulation 1.0101.