Alcohol, Drugs, Weapons

On-Campus Alcohol Policy

The possession and use of alcohol on the campus of Appalachian State University must comply with the laws of the State of North Carolina and with campus regulations and procedures. The acquisition, possession, transportation and consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age is prohibited.

Alcohol may be possessed or consumed on University property only by persons 21 years of age or older in their dorm rooms or in appropriately licensed and/or approved campus facilities. Persons are expected to assume responsibility for their own behavior while drinking and must understand that being under the inf luence of alcohol in no way lessens their accountability to the University community. Offenders will be dealt with through established University policies and procedures.

To read the in-depth and complete policy on Possession and Use of Alcoholic Beverages, go to


Illegal Drug Policy

Appalachian State prohibits the unlawful possession, use or distribution of controlled substances or illicit drugs on its campus. The University will take all actions necessary to eliminate the use of illegal drugs from the University community. Appalachian State University adheres to the “University of North Carolina Policy on Illegal Drugs” adopted by the Board of Governors on January 15, 1988. For a complete version of the University's policy on illegal drugs, go to

Appalachian offers drug and alcohol educational and counseling services through the Counseling Center, Student Health Services, Residence Life and the University Police.


Possession of Weapons

North Carolina General Statute 14-269.2 makes it unlawful for anyone other than police officers to carry or possess firearms or weapons on campus. The only exception being persons who have a legal concealed handgun permit may store their handgun in a closed compartment or container within their locked vehicle on campus. The handgun must remain in the closed compartment at all times. The University’s definition of weapons includes: BB gun, air rifle, air pistol, paintball guns, Bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife, blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except for personal shaving), sharp pointed or edged instruments except instructional supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparing food, instruction, and maintenance. This law is strictly enforced.