Responsible Alcohol Use

Students are responsible for respecting laws, ordinances and University policies regarding alcohol use.  However, keep in mind that the University of Minnesota does have Medical Amnesty. This means mean that a student is not subject to Student Conduct Code disciplinary sanctions for underage possession and consumption of alcohol if the student contacts a 911 operator to report that the student or another student is in need of medical assistance for an immediate health or safety concern.

To be eligible for medical amnesty, the student who initiates contact must be the first person to make such a report, must provide a name and contact information, must remain on the scene until assistance arrives, and must cooperate with the  authorities at the scene. The student who receives medical assistance and up to two students acting in concert with the student initiating contact with a 911 operator shall also be immune from disciplinary  sanctions.

Minnesota Laws Related to Alcohol

  • It is against state law to consume, purchase or possess alcohol if you are younger than 21 years old.
  • Minnesota state law grants immunity from criminal prosecution for underage consumption or possession of alcohol to a person who calls 911 to report that they or another is in need of medical attention due to an alcohol overdose. The person who receives medical attention will also be immune from prosecution. The University may still take disciplinary action in these situations. 
  • Individuals are criminally responsible for hosting or permitting a gathering where persons under 21 years of age possess or consume alcohol regardless of who supplied the alcohol.

University Policies Regarding Alcohol

  • Students are held responsible under the Student Conduct Code for illegal or unauthorized possession or use of alcohol.
  • In the residence halls and apartments, residents under the age of 21 may not possess, consume or be in the presence of alcohol.

If You Decide to Drink...

  • Know and follow Minnesota laws and University policies regarding alcohol.
  • Watch how much your friends have had to drink and help them if they appear to be in trouble. Don’t be afraid to call for help.
  • Know how much you drink and the effect it has on you.
  • Use a designated driver that is sober.
  • Don’t ever leave your drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers.



Support for Students

The University has resources available to support students in making decisions about alcohol. Click here for some online information and assessment tools around alcohol and drug usage.