Campus Policy

1.01 PURPOSE AND SCOPE: The abuse of alcohol and other drugs interferes with the processes of learning, teaching, research and public service, which are the functions of Cameron University. In order to accomplish its mission, and further to comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Cameron University has promulgated this policy and directed its distribution to each of its students.

2.01 POLICY: Pursuant to local, state, and federal laws, and its own rules and regulations, Cameron University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs by students and employees on university owned or controlled premises, as a part of any university sponsored activities, or in the work place.

3.01 INTERNAL SANCTIONS: Any student or employee who violates this policy shall be subject to disciplinary action, including, without limitation, probation, expulsion, suspension, or termination of employment; may be required to participate satisfactorily in an appropriate rehabilitation program; or may be referred for prosecution.

4.01 EXTERNAL SANCTIONS: Violation of applicable local, state, and federal laws governing the possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of alcohol and other drugs may subject students or employees to fines, imprisonment, and/or community service requirements. Convictions become part of an individual’s criminal record and may prohibit certain career and professional opportunities.

5.01 HEALTH RISKS: Abuse of drugs and alcohol can result in behavioral changes; impairment of judgment and coordination; elevated or lowered blood pressure; depression; anxiety; hallucinations; convulsions; temporary and permanent loss of memory; damage to the heart, lungs, liver and brain; sterility; lowered immune system and increased infection; cancer, emphysema; chronic bronchitis, and death.

6.01 ALCOHOL/OTHER DRUG ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS: Numerous programs are available in the Lawton area to help Cameron students and employees deal with substance abuse related issues. Federal laws insure all persons seeking help for alcohol and/or other drug problems will be treated with respect and in a confidential manner. Please contact the Student Wellness Center for information or assistance.

On Campus

Student Wellness Center, North Shepler 1st Floor (for counseling or referral)


Off Campus

Valley Hope Treatment


Taliaferro Community Health Center


Silver Lining (Adults)


Roadback, Inc. Halfway Houses


Marie Detty Youth & Family Services


Southwestern Behavioral Health Center


Christian Family Counseling Center


Goodyear Employee Assistance Program (for Goodyear Employees & Dependents)


Western Area Service Committee of Oklahoma


Hot Lines - 7 Days a Week, 24 Hours a Day

United Way Helpline


Reach-Out Hotline


Substance Abuse Helpline


7.01 COORDINATION AND REFERENCE: Other policies, rules and regulations of Cameron University also deal with drug and alcohol abuse and complement this Drug-Free Campus Policy statement (such as Appendix C). This policy is based on the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-690, Title V, Subtitle D) and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (P.L. 101-226).

Alcohol Off-Campus Policy

PURPOSE: Cameron University realizes that in order to uphold the high ideals and principles of higher education we must create an alcohol and social policy that protects each member of the University community, as well as promoting responsible alcohol use under all local, state, and federal laws. It is our intention to create the safest possible environment for our students. Under no circumstances is the University to be involved in any event where alcohol will be consumed by students.

Defining an Event

FUNCTION: An activity involving student organizations where alcohol is not present. These activities include meetings, dinners, bowling, miniature golf, and any activities where themes do not require the presence of alcohol.

PARTY: Any event where alcohol is present. This includes both individual organization and multiple organization events.


LEGAL DRINKING AGE: 21 years of age and older

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE: Any beverage containing at least one-half of one percent (.05%) alcohol by volume, including beer, wine, liquor and mixed drinks.

COMMON CONTAINERS: Any keg, party ball, punch bowl, trash can, refrigerator or other device used to store, mix or distribute alcoholic beverage during an official party.

SALE: Any transfer, trade, exchange or barter, in any manner or by any means, for consumption.

THIRD PARTY VENDORS: Any person or company licensed by the State of Oklahoma to distribute alcoholic beverages. All vendors must have a written contract with the campus organization.

BYOB PARTIES: Alcohol must be in possession of individual members or guests of legal drinking age only. No organization funds may be used to provide alcohol.

BULK QUANTITY: Large amounts of alcohol such as kegs and party balls. Each member or guest may bring no more than one twelve pack of beer or a pint of hard liquor.

OPEN PARTIES: A party with no restricted guest list. A valid Cameron student identification card is required by anyone entering. All Off-Campus Alcohol Policy rules apply. Open parties are strongly discouraged.


Parties must be registered in the Office of Student Development at least 15 working days prior to the date the event will take place.

All sponsoring organizations must complete and turn in an Activity Facility Request Form, which is available in the Student Development Office, at least 15 working days prior to the date of the event.

In the event of a joint organization party, the social chairs from each organization must meet before the party to go over individual organization policies.

Prior to a party, the Director of Student Development and/or Director of Student Activities are to meet with organization officers to discuss University policies regarding alcohol and organization parties. The organization is responsible for scheduling the meeting and requesting clarification on any item of the policy on which they have a question.

Bring Your Own Bottle (booze or beverage) Policy

All parties must have 2 party monitors elected or appointed by the organization to monitor the entrance to the party. Monitors check I.D.’s and control traffic during the party.

All parties and functions will have one designated entrance. All side doors and back entrances shall be off limits during the set times of the party but must be available for emergency use.

Anyone entering a party must show legal proof of age regardless of whether the person is in possession of alcohol or not. Each person will be marked by a plastic wrist band as to whether or not they are of legal drinking age. This identification must be present for the duration of the party.

Two designated drivers must be present at the front entrance to provide safe transportation home, as needed. Under no circumstance may the drivers consume alcohol during the party.

General Provisions

* The sale of alcohol by students is prohibited. Alcohol can be sold by third party vendors and establishments with legal liquor licenses.

* The use of alcohol in games (e.g., quarters, drink-offs) is prohibited.

* Sufficient Nonalcoholic drinks (such as soft drinks) and food (such as chips, nuts, pretzels) must be provided by the sponsoring group, and are to be prominently displayed and readily accessible.

* No alcohol may be purchased through the organization treasury, nor may any members collectively buy alcohol in the name of the organization.

* The purchase of bulk quantities of alcohol, or the use of common containers is prohibited.

* Individuals with alcohol in their possession will be checked for proof of legal drinking age by organization officers, professional security, or university officials.

* Sign posted in an obviously visible location, such as at the bar and/or the entrance, noting that designated drivers will be provided free of charge upon notification to the bartender.

* All guests for parties must be on a guest list and must check in at the entrance to the party.

* No organization may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization, or tavern (tavern defined as generating half of profit or more from the sale of alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold or provided.

* Campus advertisements cannot mention alcohol.

* The maximum occupancy at a registered party will be limited to 300 persons.

* At least one security guard for each 100 attendants must be on duty. The security company or agency must be approved by the Director of Student Development and/or the Director of Student Activities at the time of event registration.

* All decorations must be approved by the Office of Student Development.

Monitoring Events

Events will be monitored at the discretion of the Director of Student Activities and/or the Director of Student Development.

Class One Violation

A. Having a common container on the premises during the sponsored event.

B. Using collective funds to purchase alcohol from individuals and/or the organization treasury.

C. Failure to provide required security.

Class One Penalty

$300 fine and social probation for the remainder of the semester for each infraction. In the event that the violation occurs less than 5 weeks before the conclusion of the semester then social probation will begin the following semester. If it is a national organization, a letter containing the violations will be sent to the organization’s national headquarters.

Class Two Violation

A. Failure to report party.

B. Failure to check I.D.’s.

C. Advertising violations.

D. Allowing underage persons to enter the party with alcohol, or to consume alcohol.

E. No guest list and/or monitors at party entrance.

F. Failure to provide sober designated drivers.

Class Two Penalty

A. $150 fine and social probation for no less than thirty days from the event for each infraction.

Class Three Violation

A. No food or alcoholic drinks provided.

B. Late registration of event to the Office of the Student Development

Class Three Penalty

A. Social probation for two weeks and $25 fine for each infraction.

***All money collected from fines will be utilized for social and risk management activities sponsored by the Student Activities Office.

Future Offenses

Second and further offenses will result in a double monetary fine and a meeting between the executive committee of the violating organization and the Director of Student Development. Letters will be sent to the organization’s national headquarters, the Director of Student Activities and the organization’s insurance company if applicable.


Organizations sponsoring any social event assume all responsibility for incidents occurring at the event location. All national policies and insurance regulations must be upheld in order for your insurance policy to cover members and guests. Failure to comply will result in legal ramifications if problems should arise. After the official time of a function expires, the hosting group is still legally liable for those guests.

Oklahoma State Laws

Age Restrictions:

As with all other states, Oklahoma has a minimum alcohol purchase age of 21 years old. In addition, property owners are forbidden from allowing a person under 21 to drink on their property, punishable by a fine and up to 5 years in prison.

Also, it is a misdemeanor for anyone under 21 to pretend he/she is over 21 for the purposes over buying alcohol.

Open Container:

The "open container" law in Oklahoma forbids consuming alcohol in public, as well as making it illegal to be intoxicated in public. If cited, you could face a small fine and possibly between 5 and 30 days of imprisonment.

An open container in any location accessible by the driver of a car is also prohibited. Even as a passenger of someone who is drinking and driving or has paraphalinia you will be charged with possession as well. 

Driving Under the Influence:

Driving Under the Influence (DUI) is defined as a blood or breath alcohol content of 0.08% or more in the state of Oklahoma. It is punishable by a fine of up $1000 and up to 1 year in prison.

If under the age of 21, a blood or breath alcohol content of anything over 0.00% results in a DUI charge and drivers license revocation.

Social Host Laws (Cody's Law)

Whether it’s yours, your neighbors, or your child’s friend’s house, it is the responsibility of adults to keep individuals under 21 away from alcohol. November 2011 brought about the implementation of the Oklahoma Social Host Law. Simply put, it states “Don’t give people under 21 a place to drink”. If individuals under the age of 21 are drinking alcohol at a gathering, and you’re providing that location you’re responsible – whether you’re an adult or a minor, and whether you rent, own, or simply provide the location. Fines for the first offense are up to $500.

Contact Information

Student Wellness Center
North Shepler, Room 101
2800 W. Gore Blvd.
Lawton, OK 73505
Ph (580)581-6725
Fax (580)581-6733
Director Jill Melrose
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