This page is intended to provide undergraduate students and their faculty advisors with information on the policies and regulations of the Unviersity of Florida and resources available at the University to assist them.

The official source of rules and regulations for undergraduate students at the University of Florida Catalog. Please consult that site e for topics not covered here and for more detail on topics that are covered.

Exercise of personal responsibility expected of members of the University of Florida community includes the obligation to make sound judgments regarding alcoholic beverages. The University of Florida recognizes that individuals and groups assume the risk and liability associated with alcoholic beverages.

The sale, service, and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the University of Florida campus and at University of Florida events must be within the guidelines established by federal and state law and municipal and county ordinances. Further, because of concern for the health and safety of individuals on the University campus, the University has formulated rules concerning the sale, service, and consumption of alcohol on campus.

University rules also place certain restrictions on events involving alcoholic beverage distributors. Any student, student group, or employee of the University who is found to be in violation of the law or the University alcohol policy shall be subject to disciplinary action by the University.

Regulations of the University of Florida: UF-2.019, Alcoholic Beverages.

The use of alcoholic beverages by members of the University of Florida Community is subject to the alcoholic beverage laws of the State of Florida and to local ordinances. Below are selected state statutes and city ordinances pertaining to alcoholic beverages.

Statute 561.422
Nonprofit civic organizations, temporary permits.

Statute 562.12
Beverages sold with improper license, or without a license or registration, or held with intent to sell prohibited.

Statute 562.11
Selling, giving, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons under age 21;
Misrepresenting or misstating age or age of another to induce licensee to serve alcoholic beverages to person under 21;

Statute 562.111
Possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21 prohibited.

Statute 768.125
Liability for injury or damage resulting from intoxication.

Statute 856.011
Disorderly Intoxication

Statute 856.015
Open House Parties

Statute 316.193
Driving Under the Influence

City Ordinance Sections 4-4(b) and (c)

The Florida Clean Indoor Air Act of 1992, implemented by Section 386.201, Florida Statutes, prohibits smoking in enclosed indoor areas, other than those specifically designated as smoking areas, and further forbids designation of any smoking areas in educational facilities.

Accordingly, the University of Florida Policy requires that no smoking areas shall be designated within the University facility including, but not limited to, classrooms, offices, dining facilities, student residential facilities or any other building owned or leased by the University. This policy is consistent with the smoking policy of the State University System of Florida.

Each Department Chair and Director is responsible for ensuring policy compliance within areas under their jurisdiction. University standards for performance and conduct outline procedures for the willful violation of the provision of law, university rules, regulations and policies. It also important to note that any person who smokes, in other than designated smoking areas, commits a non-criminal violation punishable by a fine.

Actions by individuals or groups that disrupt an athletic event on the University of Florida campus or that inhibit the opportunity for other members of the university community to observe the event in reasonable safety are unacceptable at the University of Florida. Those individuals or groups that are disruptive will be charged with violations of the Code of Student Conduct where applicable. Unacceptable behavior includes, but is not limited to, possession of alcohol, not being in possession of your ticket, disorderly behavior, sitting in a block without a ticket, and throwing any object in the stadium.
The University will make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities as determined under applicable law. However, students are considered adults when attending the University, and students have a responsibility to not cause harm to others and to participate in University life safely. A student who poses a significant danger of serious harm to the health or safety of others at the University may be involuntarily withdrawn from the University by the Dean of Students or designee.

Such action will be taken only after appropriate consultation with the Director of the Student Health Care Center or the Director of the University Counseling Center and the Behavioral Consultation Team (BCT). In determining whether a student should be recommended for involuntary withdrawal, the BCT shall consider the nature, duration, severity, and probability of the threat, relying on the most current medical evidence or the best available objective evidence posed by a student with a disability, as well as determine whether reasonable modifications of its policies, practices or procedures could significantly mitigate the threat.

Absent exigent circumstances creating an imminent risk of harm, the BCT’s assessment will be made prior to a decision to involuntarily withdraw a student based on the threat he or she poses to others.

Specifically, a student subject to involuntary withdrawal shall be accorded:
written notice of the University’s decision to act under this regulation stating the reasons for the action;
the opportunity to respond to the Dean of Students or designee;
the opportunity to appeal the decision to the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee within ten (10) days.
Should exigent circumstances warrant, a student may be subject to an immediate temporary withdrawal, pending a further determination. A student subject to an immediate temporary withdrawal shall be provided notice of such withdrawal stating the reasons and an opportunity to respond to the Dean of Students or designee and present evidence as soon as reasonably possible after such withdrawal. Full due process (the opportunity for a hearing) shall occur within 30 days of the determination to place a student on temporary withdrawal.

Failure of a student to take the opportunity to respond at the time and in the manner provided by the University shall not affect the validity of or delay any decision made under this Regulation.

A student subject to involuntary withdrawal shall receive a refund of fees as provided in University of Florida Regulation 3.0371.

A student who is involuntarily withdrawn shall have a hold placed on his or her records, and the University may impose conditions for readmission, including but not limited to one or more of the following:

requiring the student to provide the Dean of Students or designee a complete written assessment from student’s licensed psychiatrist or other licensed mental health provider that the student is ready and able to safely return to his or her educational pursuits;
determination from an outside independent licensed psychiatrist or other licensed mental health provider retained by the University that the student is ready and able to safely return to the University; a written agreement from the student to attend and participate in any treatment/programs/meetings to the extent recommended by student’s licensed mental health provider and/or an independent licensed psychiatrist or other licensed mental health provider retained by the University; and/or determination by University officials that student has met conditions for readmission and that the University has appropriate resources to support and meet any ongoing needs of the student.

The possession and use of controlled drugs by members of the University of Florida community must at all times be in accordance with the provisions of Florida law, the rules of the Board of Regents of the State of Florida, and the rules of the University of Florida, which include the Code of Student Conduct. Under Florida law, no person may possess substances regulated under the provisions of Chapter 893, Fla. Statute (controlled substances and “designer drugs”) unless dispensed and used pursuant to prescription or otherwise authorized by law. Possession, sale, and delivery of such substances are prohibited unless authorized by law. Under the Code of Student Conduct, students at the University of Florida who possess, use or deliver controlled substances and “designer drugs” not dispensed and used pursuant to prescription are subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the University. Disciplinary action against a student under university rules does not preclude the possibility of criminal charges against that individual. 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. No person may sell, give, serve, or permit to be served alcoholic beverages to a person under 21, and it is unlawful for a person under 21 to misrepresent his or her age in order to obtain alcohol. Violation for the first of any such offenses is punishable by a definite term of imprisonment of up to 60 days and/or a $500 fine; a subsequent offense is punishable by a definite term of imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of $1,000. Possession of alcoholic beverages by a person under the age of 21 also may result in curtailment of driving privileges. Misrepresentation of age also will lead to the curtailment of driving privileges.

Under state law it is a crime for any person to possess or distribute controlled substances/drugs as described in Section 893.03, Florida Statutes, except as authorized by law. Punishment for such crimes ranges from first-degree misdemeanors (up to one year imprisonment and up to a $1000 fine) to first-degree felonies (up to 30 years imprisonment and up to a $10,000 fine).

Specifically, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is punishable with imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of up to $1,000; possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana is a third-degree felony with imprisonment of up to five years and a fine of up to $5,000. Possession of less than 28 grams of cocaine is a third-degree felony. Possession of more than 28 grams of cocaine is a first-degree felony, punishable with imprisonment for life and a fine of up to $250,000. The driving privilege also may be affected if any of these crimes are committed.

Trafficking (distributing specified large quantities of various controlled substances) is punishable by a term of imprisonment up to life and a fine of $25,000 to $500,000, depending on the particular illicit drug and the quantity involved. 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. Convictions on drug-related charges also may result in forfeiture of federal financial aid. Punishments may include a fine up to $8 million and life imprisonment.

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 increases 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 15-20 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 pose a serious threat to health. For example, the use of marijuana (cannabis) may cause impairment of short-term memory, comprehension, and ability to perform tasks requiring concentration. The use of marijuana 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.

There are significant risks associated with the use of alcohol and drugs. These risks include impaired academic or work performance; lost potential; financial problems; poor concentration; blackouts; conflicts with friends and others; vandalism, theft, and murder; sexual assault and other unplanned sexual relationships; spouse and child abuse; sexually transmitted diseases; and unusual or inappropriate risk taking which may result in physical or emotional injury or death.

Detailed information about alcohol consumption, the use of illegal drugs, and the misuse of prescription and other drugs may be obtained by calling the Campus Alcohol and Drug Resource Center at 392-1161 x4281, SC* 622-1161 x4281 or by checking out its website

By calling one of the university’s Employee Assistance Referral Service contacts, employees can locate resources within the community for assistance in dealing with drug and alcohol abuse. The referral service is free and confidential, and all university employees, including Other Personnel Services (OPS) employees, are eligible to call. Call Kenneth Osfield, Academic Affairs, at 392-7056, SC 622-7056, or a University Personnel Services’ satellite office: E&G/Aux, 392-6615, SC 622-6615, Health Science Center, 392-3786, SC 622-3786; IFAS, 392-4777, SC 622-4777; Physical Plant, 392-2333, SC 622-2333.

Students may seek assistance at the Alcohol/Substance Abuse Program (ASAP), 392-1171 x 4321, and/or the Counseling and Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 392-1575. Many student organizations also provide an opportunity to become involved in alcohol and drug education projects. For general information about these student organizations, contact 392-1671.

Help for all members of the University community is available through Alcoholics Anonymous at 372-8091 and/or Narcotics Anonymous at 374-9264. Additional places where one can get treatment are listed in the Gainesville telephone directory under the headings, “Alcoholism Treatment Centers,” “Drug Abuse and Addiction Treatment,” and “Information and Referral Services—Drug Abuse and Addiction.”