All IPFW students are responsible for complying with local, state, and federal laws regarding alcohol. The following information regarding Indiana law is current as of publication and is not intended to substitute for legal advice. For a complete listing of the alcoholic beverage laws consult the Indiana Alcoholic Beverage Laws, 1991. Copies of this document are available for examination from IPFW University Police.
Under certain circumstances, local prosecutors have used the criminal code rather than the alcoholic beverage code to prosecute users of fake IDs. Misdemeanor charges of deception and felony charges of forgery have been filed. Also under federal law, possession or use of fake or altered driver's licenses, or state or federal ID cards can be punishable by a fine of up to $25,000 and/or a five-year jail term.
It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while impaired---even at blood-alcohol levels below 0.10 percent. Anyone operating a motor vehicle within the state gives implied consent to submit to a chemical test of intoxication (breath, blood, or urine). Failure to submit to the test may be used as evidence in court and will result in a longer driver's license suspension than if the test were administered and failed. Criminal sanctions for alcohol and other drug-impaired driving include fines and imprisonment, license suspensions, and can include mandatory education or treatment programs.
The operator of a motor vehicle who has at least four-hundredths percent (0.04%) by weight of alcohol in the blood and who, while the motor vehicle is in operation, knowingly allows a container
to be in the passenger compartment of the motor vehicle commits a Class B infraction. If a person is found to have a previous unrelated judgment under this section or a previous unrelated conviction or judgment under IC 9-30-5 within 12 months before a violation that results in a judgment under this chapter, the court may recommend the person's driving privileges be suspended for not more than one year.
The operator of a motor vehicle who knowingly consumes an alcoholic beverage while the motor vehicle is being operated upon a public highway commits a Class B infraction.
Drugs other than alcohol can also create legal risks for college students. The Controlled Substance Act regulates drugs that have been declared by the attorney general to have abuse potential. Such drugs include marijuana, hashish or hash oil, cocaine, LSD and other hallucinogens, barbiturates and other sedative- hypnotizes, amphetamines, and other prescription stimulants, MDMA (ecstasy), and PCP and similar drugs. It is illegal under both state and federal law [the Controlled Substances Act] to:
Penalties for the violations cited above vary depending upon the substance [drug], the quantity of the substance, the number of violations related to the offense, and the schedule of the controlled substance.
For more information about state and federal laws regarding controlled substances, consult "Drugs of Abuse," a Department of Justice publication. Copies of this document are available for examination from IPFW University Police (PP 104), dean of students (Walb Union Room 111), and vice chancellor for student affairs (Kettler Hall Room 171).
IPFW regulations state that the use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or dangerous drugs is prohibited, except as expressly permitted by the laws of the state of Indiana. IPFW regulations prohibit the possession or use of alcoholic beverages in or on IPFW property, regardless of the person's age.
Violation of IPFW regulations and local, state, or federal law regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs
Any student suspected of being in violation of these regulations may b subject to disciplinary proceedings conducted by the dean of students. Students who are found guilty may be subject to the following disciplinary sanctions: reprimand and warning, disciplinary probation, restitution, participation in a certain program, provision of a certain service, suspension, and expulsion.
Note: When appropriate, referral for prosecution under local, state, and federal law may occur. Indiana state law allows IPFW to investigate and act on any suspicion of violation of local, state, or federal law. IPFW may also investigate and take action in incidents occurring in states other than Indiana.
Ethyl alcohol is the active drug found in alcoholic beverages. Alcohol has a depressant effect on the body. In addition, at intoxicating doses, alcohol can decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and respiration rate, and result in decreased reflex responses and slower reaction time. The following chart details health risks of using controlled substances. For more information, consult "Drugs of Abuse," a Department of Justice publication.
Alcohol and other drug use is fundamentally an issue of individual student choice. IPFW has a Substance Abuse Council whose members are working to address the issues of alcohol and other drugs. In addition, staff members have represented IPFW on community councils examining these concerns. Services to assist students are available in the dean of students office (260-481-6601).
IPFW recognizes that the ultimate responsibility for conduct remains with the individual student. The goals of IPFW are to facilitate responsibility through the prevention policy presented in this document and to impose the described sanctions upon those who choose to violate IPFW regulations.