Because of the threat to the health and safety of our students, the University has established mandatory minimum sanctions for alcohol and drug violations.

Alcohol and drug violations, both on and off-campus, shall include, but not be limited to the following:


  • Possession of alcohol under the legal age (PAULA)
  • Public intoxication
  • Manufacture, use, or possession of false identification
  • Alcohol overdose
  • Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI)
  • Involvement in a crime while under the influence of alcohol
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in University Residence Halls, fraternity houses, or sorority houses
  • Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on University property outdoors or in other public areas of campus


  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia
  • Driving under the influence of drugs
  • Drug trafficking
  • Involvement in a crime while under the influence of drugs


Sanctions usually begin at Step 1 and are progressive in nature. However, the type of violation or circumstances may modify the sanctions. The modification may result in more severe or lenient sanctions.

Because of the serious and potentially life-threatening consequences, operating while intoxicated (OWI) or a police report indicating a Blood Alcohol Content equal to or greater than .20 will normally automatically be considered to be 2nd step offenses. Possession of marijuana over 10 grams and other illegal drug offenses also normally result in 2nd step sanctions, except for drug trafficking offenses which are considered 3rd step offenses. If a student has been suspended after reaching the 3rd step and is readmitted to The University of Iowa, the student is readmitted at the 2nd step.

1st Step

  • Parent/Guardian notification, if the student is under 21.
  • Satisfactory completion of a defined alcohol education program.
  • Assignment to meet with Critical MASS advisor.
  • Disciplinary Reprimand.

2nd Step

  • Parent/Guardian notification letter and/or follow-up telephone call, if the student is under 21.
  • Satisfactory completion of a recommended alcohol or drug counseling program.
  • Disciplinary Probation for remainder of current semester and the following two semesters (Fall or Spring) enrolled at the University. Probation extends through any intervening summer terms, inter-sessions, and/or any institutional breaks.
  • Ordinarily, cancellation of a student's Housing contract if the student lives in a residence hall.

3rd Step

  • Suspension from the University for at least one complete Fall or Spring semester following the suspension's effective date, including any intervening summer terms or inter-sessions. The Director of Student Accountability may elect for the suspension to take effect immediately or to take effect upon completion of the current semester or term.

Removal and Deferral of Steps  

Any student disciplinary record is maintained in the Office of Student Accountability. Students who have received a Step 1 sanction of disciplinary reprimand may automatically have their Step 1 sanction removed. In order to be eligible to have the sanction removed, the student must meet the following criteria:

  • It has been at least 12 months since the disposition of the offense by the University.
  • The student has not received any additional Code of Student Life charges or any alcohol or drug related offenses on or off campus in the past 12 months.
  • The student completed all sanctions required by the University and, if applicable, the courts having jurisdiction over the matter.

Removal of a Step 1 disciplinary reprimand is at the sole discretion of the Director of the Office of Student Accountability. Additionally, this opportunity for a student to have the Step 1 removed does not apply to violations which may have resulted in a sanction more severe than Step 1 (such as disciplinary probation). At the discretion of the Director of the Office of Student Accountability, a student receiving a PAULA or similar violation may be granted a deferred judgment. A deferred judgment will not be considered an "offense" and will not be maintained as a disciplinary record. However, a letter may be sent to the student's parents notifying them of the violation. If the student receives another offense of any nature, within a 12-month period, the deferred judgment of the first case may be revoked and the second offense may be considered a Step 2 violation. Contact the Office of Student Accountability at 319-335-1527 for more information.