Substance Abuse Prevention Policy

The UW-Parkside Theatre Arts Department desires to support responsible choices involving the consumption of alcoholic beverages, illegal drugs, and performance enhancing drugs. We are committed to enforcing existing state and university laws, policies, and procedures in dealing with all forms of substance abuse which are brought to our attention. We are also committed to utilizing all university and community substance abuse resources in the education of our department members in the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse. Our ultimate goal is to minimize drug and alcohol experimentation, use, abuse, and dependence while encouraging all department members (students and staff) to develop a healthy and safe approach to their personal and professional life.

We believe that membership in the Theatre Arts Department is a privilege, and in order to maintain that membership individuals are expected to demonstrate adherence to established policies, professionalism, honesty, integrity, and respect for themselves and others within all theatre-sponsored or related activities. Students and staff involved in all Theatre Arts Department sanctioned projects and activities (including classes, workshops, productions, rehearsals, special events, theatre employment hours, Drama Club activities, and trips) are expected to adhere to the substance abuse policies of the department, University, and civil law.

Underage drinking, the possession and/or distribution of illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia, disruptive and/or dangerous behavior resulting from the use of drugs and alcohol are all violations of departmental and university policy, as well as state and federal laws. All known violations will be reported immediately to the entire theatre staff, University Police, and Student Health & Counseling Center counselors.

The penalties for substance abuse during any Theatre Arts Department sanctioned project or activity (as described above) are as follows:

  • First Offense: Theatre Arts Department members who are found to be in violation of substance abuse laws and policies while engaged in any sanctioned Theatre Arts Department activity or project will be immediately removed from that activity or project, will be required to meet with the entire theatre staff and professional drug and alcohol counselors in the Student Health and Counseling Center, and will be placed on probation in the department.
  • Second Offense: A second offense to this policy will result in continued professional counseling and a one semester removal from the Theatre Arts Department and all departmental projects and activities.
  • Third Offense: A third confirmed offense will result in the immediate and permanent removal from all UW-Parkside Theatre Arts Department projects and activities.
  • Staff: State employees will be subject to all previously instituted rules and policies related to alcohol and drug abuse as instituted by the UW system.

Drug and Alcohol Testing
: The Theatre Arts Department is not instituting a policy of mandatory random drug testing, as is currently being done with athletes and other student groups. However, individual students may request drug and/or alcohol testing if they believe that they are being falsely charged with a violation to the above policy. If a drug test is requested by the student and is found to be negative, the university will pay for the drug test. Positive test results will be charged to the individual student, as outlined in the University’s Substance Abuse and Drug Testing Policy for Athletics.


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