Marquette is committed to creating and maintaining an environment that supports the healthy choices of the majority of its members. The university will sanction those who choose to abuse alcohol or other drugs or otherwise create unsafe and disruptive situations. In addition to the information on safety, alcohol and other drugs listed in this guide, the university will provide resources for students and employees to assess their own behavior or that of a friend and to seek appropriate assistance in overcoming the problem).

Marquette will not tolerate alcohol or drug abuse, which is a violation of law and human dignity. The use of drugs or the abuse of alcohol hinders individuals’ functioning, impairs their personal growth, leads to disruptive behavior that violates others’ rights and adversely affects the community at large.

Federal, state and local laws regarding the sale and use of alcohol and other drugs apply to all members of the Marquette community. The university will comply with those laws in full and may refer students or employees to law enforcement personnel for prosecution. University regulations also govern the behavior of students and employees and prohibit the unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession and/or use of a controlled substance, the abuse of alcohol, and false instruments of identification at the university.

University Sanctions

Opportunities and referrals for counseling are available for all students and employees who have violated university policy and applicable laws regarding the use of alcohol or other drugs or for those who are identified as being at risk.

Students: The focus of student conduct is educational, and, in uncomplicated cases,
disciplinary action tends to be progressive. Disciplinary actions range from warnings up to and including expulsion, regardless of the outcome of any civil or criminal charges. Changes in federal law effective in 1998 give the university the authority to determine when and how to notify parents or guardians when students under age 21 are found to have committed serious or repeated violations of university policies related to the possession, use or distribution of alcohol or other drugs. For additional information, see the section titled “Parental Notification Policy” in At Marquette, the student handbook.

Employees: Generally, the university employs progressive disciplinary action, beginning with a verbal warning, progressing to a written warning, final written warning, suspension, then termination of employment. The university may act regardless of the outcome of any civil or criminal charges. In certain circumstances, the university may forego lesser disciplinary action and immediately impose more serious discipline up to and including termination of employment.

As a condition of employment, employees must abide by university policy regarding the use of alcohol or other drugs in the workplace. Employees must notify the Office of Human Resources within five days of any conviction of a criminal drug statute violation occurring in the workplace. Human Resources will follow appropriate laws regarding the report of such convictions to federal contracting or granting agencies. Human Resources also may impose appropriate university sanctions on the convicted employee.

Legal Sanctions

Marquette will report all suspected violations of local, state or federal law to the appropriate civil authorities.

Illicit drugs:

Wisconsin laws, including the Uniform Controlled Substances Act (Wisconsin Statute
§961 et seq.) prohibit the possession, use and/or delivery of drugs. Violations of the law carry severe penalties, up to 45 years in prison, and fines of up to $1 million. For example, a sentence of up to six months in prison and up to $1,000 in fines can be levied for a first-time conviction for the possession of marijuana. Penalties vary according to the amount of drugs confiscated, the type of drugs found, previous offenses, and evidence of intent to manufacture, sell or use the drug. Sentences can be doubled if aggravating circumstances are proven, such as selling a controlled substance to a minor.

Certain drug-related offenses also carry federal penalties. Mandatory sentences are
specified in federal law for anyone convicted of drug possession, use and trafficking. The courts can sentence a person to federal prison for up to six years for unlawful possession of a controlled substance, including the distribution of a small amount (less than 250 grams, which is about 8.8 ounces) of marijuana. Conviction for possession of a controlled substance in an instance involving death or bodily injury can carry a sentence of life imprisonment.


It is against the law to sell, dispense or give away alcohol to anyone younger than 21, the legal drinking age in Wisconsin, who is not accompanied by his or her parent, legal guardian or spouse. Those who are at least 21 years old are responsible by law for preventing the illegal consumption of alcohol on their premises. A first-time violation of this statute can result in a $500 fine.

It is against the law for a person younger than 21 to attempt to buy an alcoholic beverage, falsely represent his or her age, or enter a bar or tavern unless accompanied by his or her parent, legal guardian or spouse. Sanctions for first-time violations can include any or all of the following: a $500 fine, mandatory participation in a supervised work program, suspension or revocation of the offender’s driver’s license.

Penalties for serving or providing alcohol to minors include fines of up to $10,000,
imprisonment for up to nine months or both. A retailer’s license to sell alcohol may
be suspended or revoked. (For reference, see Chapter 125 of the Wisconsin Statutes.)


Marquette University does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, disability, veteran's status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions. At the same time, Marquette cherishes its right and duty to seek and retain personnel who will make a positive contribution to its religious character, goals and mission in order to enhance the Jesuit, Catholic tradition. Federal laws (Titles VI, VII and IX, the Age Discrimination Act in Employment of 1967 as amended, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended, the Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) prohibit such discrimination.

Employee inquiries concerning the application of Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 402 of the Vietnam Era Veteran’s Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, and Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 may be referred to the Office of Human Resources; P.O. Box 1881; Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881; (414) 288-7305.

Student inquiries concerning Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 may be referred to the Office of Disability Services, P.O. Box 1881, Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881, (414) 288-1645, V/T.

Student and employee inquiries concerning the application of Titles VI, VII, IX, the Age Discrimination Acts of 1967 as amended and Executive Order 11246 as amended may be referred to the Office of Human Resources; P.O. Box 1881; Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881; (414) 288-7305.

The Marquette University Board of Trustees has approved an Affirmative Action Program, formalizing the university’s position toward human rights. This program reaffirms and specifies action programs to continue the pledge of promotion and equal opportunity for all qualified people.


Student Safety Programs

Public Safety continuously addresses campus and community safety with new and innovative programming, educational efforts, technological advances and the best-trained campus law enforcement staff in the area. Check out our expansive patrol operations, on- and off-campus outreach efforts, and nationally recognized Student Safety Programs.