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Student Rights and Responsibilities: Code of Student Behavior


Implications of Alcohol and Drug Use

If you are under 21 and...

Alcohol magically appears in your hand
It is a class C Misdemeanor to possess or consume an alcohol beverage under the age of 21.  As part of your sentence, the court may suspend your driving privileges suspended for up to one (1) year and if you are under eighteen (18) years of age, the court shall order your driving privileges suspended for at least sixty (60) days.

  • You try to buy alcohol at a store
    It is a class C Misdemeanor.
  • You use a Fake ID
    It is a class C Misdemeanor and your driver's license could be suspended.
  • You visit a local bar or tavern
    It is a class C infraction.

 If you...

  • Buy or provide alcohol to a minor
    It is a class B Misdemeanor.
    It is a level 6 felony if it ends up injuring someone and a level 5 felony if someone is killed.
  • Are drunk in public
    It is a class B Misdemeanor to be intoxicated in a public place.
  • Drive a motor vehicle while drunk
    It is a class C Misdemeanor if your blood alcohol content is at least .08 and less than .15 and a class A misdemeanor if your blood alcohol level is at least .15
    If it causes someone injury, it is a level 6 felony and if a death is involved it is a level 5 felony.
    Your driver's license may be suspended.

 Possible Penalties

  • Class C Misdemeanor = Up to 60 days in jail and up to a $500 fine
  • Class B Misdemeanor = Up to 180 days in jail and up to a $1000 fine
  • Class A Misdemeanor = Up to one year in jail and up to a $5000 fine
  • Level 5 Felony = one (1) year to six (6) years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine
  • Level 6 Felony = six months to two and a half years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine

Felony convictions may affect the rest of your life. You may be unable to receive financial aid for school, you may be prohibited from some professions, and many employers are not willing to hire you.

An over consumption of alcohol can have very serious and dangerous effects. We encourage students who are of drinking age to be responsible when drinking. All students regardless of age should become familiar with the effects that drinking can cause.

Below, we have outlined several alcohol related problems and causes. We will discuss the general, short-term and long-term effects alcohol can have on your life.

General Effect

Alcohol is a depressant drug that reduces activity in the central nervous system. The alcohol intoxicated person exhibits loose muscle tone, loss of fine motor coordination, and often has a staggering drunken gait. The eyes may appear somewhat glossy, and pupils may be slow to respond to stimulus. At high doses, pupils may become constricted. At high doses, alcohol can decrease heart rate, lower blood pressure and respiration rate, and result in decreased reflex responses and slower reaction time.

Short-Term Intoxication

Consumption of more than two average sized servings of alcohol within several hours will produce measurable impairment of motor coordination and reasoning. The more alcohol consumed the greater the impairment. Although many states (including Indiana) set a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% by volume as a presumptive level of intoxication for certain purposes, intoxication and impairment begin at a much lower level. It is safest to avoid all alcohol if operating a vehicle or engaging in risky recreational activities. Intoxication at levels of 0.20% BAC and above presents risks of loss of consciousness, nausea and vomiting, injuries, and even overdose and death.

Although the average lethal dose is about 0.40%, overdose deaths occur in some situations with BACs near 0.20%.

Long-Term Heavy Drinking

Drinking to the point of intoxication one or two times per week or more frequently over a period of several years can cause serious health consequences, including: liver disease and cirrhosis, circulatory problems and cardiomyopathy, nervous system damage and polyneuropathy, alcohol dependence, and psychosis. Alcohol abuse can increase the risks of certain types of cancers, including cancer of the tongue, mouth, pharynx, esophagus, larynx, and liver. The cancer-producing effects of alcohol abuse are increased by use of tobacco.

Aside from alcohol, there are several drugs that can also cause severe damage to your body. We ask that you read and become familiar with these drugs so that you can make an informed decision. Again, the University of Southern Indiana does not tolerate drug use of any kind. 

Health Risks of Commonly Abused Substances

Adopted from Eastern Illinois University 


Nicknames/Slang Terms

Short Term


Long Term Effects


uppers, speed, meth, crack, crystal, ice, pep pills

Increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, dry mouth, loss of appetite, restlessness, irritability, anxiety

Delusions, hallucinations, heart problems, hypertension, irritability, insomnia, toxic psychosis, physical dependence

Barbiturates and Tranquilizers

barbs, bluebirds, blues, yellow jackets, red devils, roofies, rohypnol, ruffies, tranqs, mickey, flying v's

Slurred speech, muscle relaxation, dizziness, decreased motor control

Severe withdrawal symptoms, possible convulsions, toxic psychosis, depression, physical dependence


coke, cracks, snow, powder, blow, rock

Loss of appetite

increased blood pressure and heart rate, contracted blood vessels, nausea,

hyper-stimulation anxiety, paranoia, increased hostility

Increased rate of breathing, muscle spasms and convulsions.

dilated pupils

disturbed sleep,

Depression, weight loss, high blood pressure, seizure, heart attack, stroke, hypertension, hallucinations, psychosis, chronic cough, nasal passage injury, kidney, liver and lung damage

Gamma Hydroxy Butyrate

GHB, liquid B, liquid X, liquid ecstasy, G, georgia homeboy, grievous bodily harm

Euphoria, decreased inhibitions, drowsiness, sleep,  decreased body temperature, decreased heart rate, decreased blood pressure

Memory loss, depression, severe withdrawal symptoms, physical dependence, psychological dependence


H, junk, smack, horse, skag

Euphoria, flushing of the skin, dry mouth, “heavy” arms and legs, slowed breathing, muscular weakness

Constipation, loss of appetite, lethargy, weakening of the immune system,

respiratory (breathing) illnesses,

muscular weakness, partial paralysis, coma, physical dependence, psychological dependence


K, super K, special K

Dream-like states, hallucinations, impaired attention and memory, delirium, impaired motor function, high blood pressure, depression

Urinary tract and bladder problems, abdominal pain, major convulsions, muscle rigidity , increased confusion, increased depression, physical dependence, psychological dependence


acid, stamps, dots, blotter, A-bombs

Dilated pupils, change in body temperature, blood pressure and heart rate, sweating, chills, loss of appetite, decreased sleep, tremors, changes in visual acuity, mood changes

May intensify existing psychosis, panic reactions, can interfere with psychological adjustment and social functioning, insomnia, physical dependence, psychological dependence


ecstasy, XTC, adam, X, rolls, pills

Impaired judgment, confusion, confusion, blurred vision,  teeth clenching, depression,

anxiety, paranoia, sleep problems, muscle tension


Same as LSD, sleeplessness, nausea, confusion, increased blood pressure, sweating , depression, anxiety, memory loss

 kidney failure, cardiovascular problems, convulsions

death, physical dependence, psychological dependence


pot, grass, dope, weed, joint, bud, reefer, doobie, roach

Sensory distortion, poor coordination of movement

slowed reaction time,

panic, anxiety


Bronchitis, conjunctivas, lethargy, shortened attention span, suppressed immune system, personality changes, cancer, psychological dependence, physical dependence possible for some


peyote cactus

Nausea, vomiting, anxiety, delirium, hallucinations, increased heart rate, blood pressure, and body temperature,

Lasting physical and mental trauma, intensified existing psychosis, psychological dependence


M, morf, duramorph, Miss Emma, monkey, roxanol, white stuff

Euphoria, increased  body temperature, dry mouth, “heavy” feeling in arms and legs

Constipation, loss of appetite

collapsed veins, heart infections, liver disease, depressed respiration, pneumonia  and other pulmonary complications, physical dependence, psychological dependence


crystal, tea, angel dust, embalming fluid, killer weed, rocket fuel, supergrass, wack, ozone

Shallow breathing, flushing, profuse sweating, numbness in arms and legs, decreased muscular coordination, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision, delusions, paranoia, disordered thinking

Memory loss, difficulties with speech and thinking, depression, weight loss, psychotic behavior, violent acts, psychosis, physical dependence, psychological dependence


mushrooms, magic mushrooms, shrooms, caps,  psilocybin & psilocyn

Nausea, distorted perceptions, nervousness, paranoia,

Confusion, memory loss, shortened attention span, flashbacks may intensify existing psychosis,


roids, juice

Increased lean muscle mass, increased strength, acne, oily skin, excess hair growth, high blood pressure

Cholesterol imbalance, anger management problems, masculinization or women, breast enlargement in men, premature fusion of long bones preventing attainment of normal height, atrophy of reproductive organs, impotence, reduced fertility, stroke, hypertension, congestive heart failure, liver damage, psychological dependence


We encourage anyone having difficulties with alcohol or other drugs seek help from the campus and community resources listed below.

USI Campus Resources

Counseling and Psychological Services
Orr Center, room 1051

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) staff provide short-term individual counseling and intervention to students who are having difficulties or concerns with alcohol- or other substance-related issues. If CAPS is unable to provide the type of service you need or request, we will refer you to an appropriate community agency and assist you in obtaining services there.

University Health Center
Health Professions Center, room 0091

The Health Center is a full-service clinic offering medical care and health information to students.

USI Public Safety
812-492-7777 (emergencies) or 812-464-1845 (non-emergencies)

If you experience or witness an emergency on campus, including alcohol and drug emergencies (blackouts, overdoses, etc.), immediately contact Public Safety. If off campus, dial 911.

Community Resources in the Evansville Area

Southwestern Behavioral Health - 812-423-7791

Deaconess Cross Pointe - 812-476-7200

Counseling for Change - 812-491-2615

ADAPT Counseling - 812-421-9900

New Visions Counseling - 812-422-6812

Southwestern Indiana Alcoholics Anonymous - 812-434-4952

Across The Rivers Area of Narcotics Anonymous - 877-642-5831