Policy regarding Violations of Law and University Discipline

Concordia University disciplinary proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both the criminal law and this Student Code (that is if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution. Proceedings under this Student Code may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus at the discretion of the Dean of Students. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Code shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of the University rules were dismissed, reduced, or resolved in favor of or against the criminal law defendant.


Furthermore, when a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, Concordia University Chicago will not request or agree to special consideration for the individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Code, the university may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code and of how such matters are typically handled within the community. The university will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions, FERPA or any other local, state, or federal laws). Individual students and other members of the university community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives as they deem appropriate.

Policy regarding Alcohol and Illegal Drugs

As a university affiliated with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Concordia University Chicago expects our students to develop a responsible philosophy on the appropriate use of alcoholic beverages. The University encourages students to consider all the implications of drinking and drug use and to arrive at a conscientious decision about how they will personally use alcohol and resist illegal drug use.


In observance with the laws of Illinois and the ordinances of village of River Forest, no person under the age of 21 may purchase or attempt to purchase or have in his or her possession, any alcoholic or intoxicating beverage on University premises or at University activities. Students found presenting false identification or taking other steps to acquire alcohol as a minor will be subject to disciplinary sanction under the Concordia University Chicago Student Code of Conduct. Intoxication of any student under the legal age of 21 is a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Furthermore, regardless of age, intoxication of any student that leads to disruptive or destructive behavior is considered a violation of the University’s Alcohol Policy and the student code of conduct. Lastly, purchasing or providing alcohol for minors or for intoxicated individuals is a serious matter and students found responsible for such actions will face sanctioning through the student code of conduct.


Consumption of alcoholic beverages by those who are over 21 years of age, on University premises, is permitted ONLY at those events or locations that have been expressly approved by the Board of Regents or university administration and ONLY in those locations for which the University has a license. Approval for alcohol service at events sponsored by University departments must be obtained from the appropriate director, dean, Vice President, or the University President.


University funds may not be used to pay for any portion of an event at which alcohol may be served to or consumed by minors.

Monitoring and enforcing compliance with the policy and guidelines are the responsibility of the Department of Campus Safety for outside events. Compliance with the policy in residence halls is the responsibility of the Director of Residence Life and the Residence Life staff.


Concordia University Chicago encourages moderation in the use of alcohol, for those of legal age, who choose to drink. The University strongly asserts that choosing not to drink is as socially acceptable as choosing to drink.


Excessive drinking and intoxication will not be tolerated. Members of the Concordia University Chicago community who choose to drink will be held fully responsible for their behavior while under the influence of alcohol Loss of control due to intoxication does not excuse or justify violation of State Law, University regulations, or the rights of others.


Purchase, sale, use, possession, manufacturing, or distribution without prescription of any controlled substance or narcotic, or the unauthorized or illegal purchase, sale, use, possession, or distribution of prescription drugs on University premises, in University owned vehicles, or at off campus University sponsored events is strictly prohibited. Furthermore, the purchase, sale, use, possession, or distribution of any paraphernalia for the illegal use of controlled or prescribed substances is also prohibited by the student code of conduct.


Off campus activities and events, sponsored by the university, extend our campus policies to locations in which such activities or events are being held. As such, consistent with our dry campus policy, the use of alcohol or illegal drugs at any university event, program, or activity that involves traveling off campus, including but not limited to, activities, sporting events, tours, volunteer opportunities, academic related course work or recruiting without prior authorization and approval is strictly prohibited and will be addressed through the student code of conduct.


Concordia University Chicago reserves the right to notify parents for any student under the age of 21 or considered a dependent that is found responsible for violating the university alcohol or drug policy through the student conduct process. While disciplinary records are protected documents under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1972, the Warner Amendment to the Higher Education Act of 1998 allows for such parental contact, although it does not require it.