Maintaining a safe, healthy environment for our students and our community is very important to us, and we take the use of controlled substances very seriously.

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Wingate University takes a clear position on the use of tobacco, alcohol and controlled substances.


We recognize the health hazards that come with being exposed to tobacco smoke and use of tobacco products. That’s why the university is a tobacco-free environment for everyone and no one is allowed to use tobacco on campus or at our events.

Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy

We believe the abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs are contrary to our mission. They are a threat to your well-being and the well-being and security of everyone on campus. That’s why we maintain and enforce a substance abuse policy which prohibits the use, possession, manufacture and sale of controlled substances by anyone, and the use of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age. Students and parents need to be aware of the link between violations of this policy and financial aid eligibility as outlined in the Wingate University Student Handbook (PDF). If you are convicted of a drug law violations, you can lose your federal student financial aid.

Wingate University students are expected to behave so that they do not put their health or the safety of others at risk. Inappropriate behavior, or alcohol use that impacts their health will mean the possibility of sanctions. Disruptive and abusive behavior will mean that you are subject to Community Standards action. A list of sanctions that may be imposed are outlined in the Student Handbook. We expect you to read this and remember it.

Help when You Need It

If you recognized that you have a drug or alcohol dependency issue, we encourage you to contact the Director of Counseling Services on campus. If you seek out help, either on or off campus, this will not jeopardize your university status. Talking with a professional, and admitting to using drugs or abusing alcohol does not violate our policy.

Legal Consequences

Your presence on the university campus does not prevent you from suffering the legal consequences from local, state and federal law enforcement because of your actions. For those who provide alcohol to anyone under the age of 21, sanctions may be imposed. Civil damages of up to $500,000 and felony penalties may also apply.

For those who traffic in controlled substances, the sentence depends on the class of the offense, prior convictions and aggravating or mitigating factors. The minimum penalties range from 10 days to 23 years in jail and fines of $5,000 to 250,000.

Let’s work together to make Wingate University a place where all students can thrive in a safe and positive environment.