Drug & Alcohol Information

Maintaining a Drug-Free Campus

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 requires institutions to certify they maintain a drug-free workplace as a condition for receiving federal grants and contracts.  The Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 also requires institutions to certify they have adopted and implemented programs that help prevent the unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs and alcohol by students and employees.  These Acts include a requirement that institutions notify students and employees of unlawful activities, sanctions, prevention programs and resources concerning alcohol and other drugs. .

Drug Free Campus Policy

I encourage you to review UWM’s Drug-Free Campus Document. This document includes UWM’s Drug-Free Campus Policy; a description of UWM, Wisconsin, and Federal sanctions for alcohol and drug-related offenses; a summary report on the health effects of drug and alcohol misuse; and a general list of available campus and community resources for assistance with alcohol and other drug issues. UWM strives to maintain a safe, productive and drug-free environment.  The intent of this policy is to offer compassion and aid for students suffering from alcohol and other drug problems, to protect the University community and to send a clear message that students are expected to obey the law and take personal responsibility for their conduct.


Substance use among college students affects all aspects of University life, including student well-being, academic performance, the educational environment, and the quality of life on campus and in the surrounding communities. In an ongoing effort to mitigate high-risk behaviors, UWM has instituted a variety of alcohol and other drug (AOD) misuse prevention and intervention initiatives. On-campus confidential brief screening and intervention services are available to students through Norris Health Center. Students who would like to participate can learn more and sign up at https://uwm.edu/basics/. University Counseling provides confidential AOD assessment, brief counseling, crisis counseling and referral assistance. Students may call 414-229-4716 or visit https://www.4uwm.edu/norris/ for more information.

Additional information regarding alcohol and other drug use, as well as available resources, can be found at makegooddecisions.uwm.edu. If you have any questions concerning the effects of drug and alcohol use or prevention programs at UWM, please call Susan Cushman, MPH, CHES, Campus Alcohol & Other Drug Coordinator, Norris Health Promotion and Wellness at 414-229-5836. Thank you for your attention to this information.


Rebecca Freer
Interim Dean of Students
118 Mellencamp Hall
PO Box 413 UW-Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI 53201
(414) 229-4632