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Laws, Policies and Ordinances involving Alcohol and Other Drugs:

The University of Michigan seeks to provide an environment free of the adverse effects of alcohol and other drug abuse. Alcohol abuse is a major national public health issue on college campuses. Behaviors related to alcohol and other drug use can lead to life-altering consequences such as regretted decisions, lost academic potential, discipline, arrest and serious harm to self and others.

Members of the University community can be held accountable for violations of federal, state and local laws and ordinances, as well as the University Policy on Alcohol and Other Drug Use.

Under 21Under 21:

It is illegal to drink alcohol if you are under 21 and can result in a Minor in Possession (MIP) violation.

It is illegal to purchase, provide or serve alcohol to anyone under 21.

The body is considered a container. If someone under the age of 21 has consumed alcohol and police have a reasonable suspicion that they have been consuming alcohol, police can issue an MIP. 

Drinking and DrivingDrinking and Driving:

  • It is illegal for those under 21 to drive after drinking any amount of alcohol.
  • It is illegal for those 21 and older to drive with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .08 or higher (or at any BAC if driver appears impaired).


Open containerOpen Containers:

It is illegal to be on public property with open containers of alcohol. Public property includes sidewalks, streets and public buildings.

It is a violation of University policy for anyone to consume or possess alcohol inside any University athletic facility, including Michigan Stadium.

Fake ID Fake IDs:

It is illegal to possess, use or make a false ID.




It is illegal to serve anyone under 21 at a private party.

Hosts can be held responsible for injuries an intoxicated person causes or incurs at and after leaving a party.

Police may issue noise violations if any unreasonable noise may be heard beyond the property line and/or is disturbing others. There is a specific city ordinance that covers the hours of 10pm-7 am.

Public UrinationPublic Urination:

It is illegal to urinate where someone else may see you or on any public property including alleys.

A person caught urinating in public may be charged with indecent exposure.

Disorderly ConductDisorderly Conduct:

It is a violation of University policy for anyone to vomit, fight, urinate, defecate or engage in any behavior (yelling, jumping or throwing objects) in a University bus, passenger van or other vehicle which interferes with the safe operation of the vehicle or the safe enjoyment of the other passengers in the vehicle.

It is illegal to be intoxicated in a public place and endanger the safety of another person or damage property.

Assault, Battery and Criminal Sexual MisconductAssault, Battery and Criminal Sexual Conduct:

It is a violation of University policy and state and local law to physically harm, sexually assault or haze another person.



It is illegal to possess marijuana.

Possession of marijuana on UM property is a misdemeanor with the consequences of fines and possible jail time.

Possession of marijuana in the City of Ann Arbor (but not on U-M property) is a civil infraction with a fine.

The Michigan Medical Marijuana Act of 2008 conflicts with federal laws, so the use, possession or cultivation of marijuana continues to violate UM policies and is prohibited on UM property.

Prescription Drug MisusePrescription Drug Misuse:

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.

Misusing prescription drugs can result in conviction with jail time. 


Police officers from U-M and the City of Ann Arbor cite students for alcohol and other drug related offenses, both on and off campus.

Students may be held responsible under both state and local statutes, as well as under the University’s Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.

Both U-M and Ann Arbor police boost enforcement on weekends that have been associated with increased activity, such as before and after major athletic events, and the beginning and the end of the school year.

Medical personnel will not call the police when an underage drinker is at the hospital (however, if U-M or Ann Arbor police are involved, an MIP can be issued).

Medical AmnestyMedical Amnesty:

To better ensure that minors at medical risk as a result of alcohol intoxication will receive prompt, appropriate medical attention, the medical amnesty law removes perceived barriers to seeking help.

A minor will be exempt from prosecution if, after consuming alcohol, he/she voluntarily presents him/herself or initiates contact with law enforcement or medical services for the purpose of obtaining medical assistance for a legitimate health care concern.


U-M Alcohol and Other Drug Policy for Students, Faculty and Staff

Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities

City of Ann Arbor Ordinances

State of Michigan Laws

Campus Resources:

The University offers resources to educate campus and community members about the consequences of illegal and/or excessive alcohol and other drug use, and to assist them with making informed choices.

U-M Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention, Wolverine Wellness -734-615-7694

Communication with Parents/Family regarding Alcohol and Other Drug Harm

Office of Student Conflict Resolution -734-936-6308

U-M Division of Public Safety and Security - 911 (emergency) or 734-763-1131 (non-emergency) or 734-763-9180 (tip line)

Student Legal Services - 734-763-9920

Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) - 734-764-8312

Ann Arbor Police Department  - 911 (emergency) or 734-994-2911 (non-emergency)