Alcohol and Drug Policies

Evergreen PD is committed to promoting the health and safety of its campus community through a program of alcohol education and the implementation of relevant policies.  The College enforces compliance with local Thurston County Ordinance on alcohol laws regarding College sponsored activities.

The College affirms its adherence to the following principles:

  • The misuse and/or abuse of alcoholic beverages and related behavior, such as disorderly conduct, illness due to excessive consumption of alcohol, and destruction of property, pose a danger to individual members of the College community and to the community at large.
  • The promotion of alcoholic beverage consumption as the primary focus of on- and off-campus activities is inappropriate because it invites members of the College community to violate College regulations and DUI law.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages should only be by persons of legal age and by personal choice.
  • Those who choose to consume alcoholic beverages should do so responsibly and in moderation.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages should not be the main focus of an event or the only means of refreshment at an event.
  • The responsibility for proper consumption of alcoholic beverages and for compliance with RCW’s rests with each individual member of the College community.
  • The College will contact by phone and/or letter parents of underage students who violate the Alcohol Policy and parents of any students who violate the Drug Policy.

The Student Conduct Code also specifies the prohibitions and the penalties for violations of these prohibitions and is part of the Guide to Student Rights and Responsibilities, which is published under separate cover and is available through Evergreen Residential and Dining Services (RAD).  In addition, Evergreen is in compliance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989. Each year Evergreen renews its commitment to the letter and spirit of that law with an informational letter to students and employees. 

The College does not condone violations of those laws proscribing possession, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages and possession, use, sale, manufacture, or distribution of illegal drugs.  Members of the Evergreen community should know that disciplinary action, which may include eviction from the residence halls, revocation of other privileges, or suspension or expulsion from the College, may be taken in order to protect the interests of the College and the rights and safety of others. 

Abuse of alcohol and drugs can have a dramatic impact on professional, academic, and family life. 


The College encourages members of the community who may be experiencing difficulty with drugs or alcohol to contact one of the following resources available on-campus:

On and Off Campus Resources:

  • Employee Assistance Program, (360) 753-3260
  • Evergreen Student Health Service, (360) 867-6200
  • Evergreen Counseling Center, (360) 867-6800
  • Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Education, (360) 
  • Off-campus services include*: Crisis Clinic, (360) 586-2800

 *Evergreen makes no guarantee with regard to the quality of off-campus services; it merely lists these services as a convenience to students and staff.

Emergency Medical Response Procedures

  • Students, faculty, staff, and guests should immediately report any emergency medical situations to Evergreen PD at ext. 6140
  • From outside the College phone system, (360) 867-6140 or by calling 9-1-1

The Evergreen PD dispatcher will send an Evergreen PD officer/s and to the scene and notify the McLane Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel.

Tacoma Campus

Students, faculty, staff, and guests should report any emergency medical situations to 9-1-1 and the Tacoma Fire and Emergency Medical Services personnel will respond.

Firearms and Weapons Policies

Evergreen is committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment that supports the academic mission of the College. According to the Evergreen Firearms and Weapons policy, members of the Evergreen community, including faculty, staff, and students, as well as visitors to either of the Evergreen campuses, are prohibited from possessing firearms, explosives, weapons, or any item that may be construed as such, on the premises of the or in any building under the College’s control, whether or not a federal or state license to possess the same has been issued to the possessor.  There are some limited exceptions to this policy; for example certified and licensed law enforcement personnel who are authorized to carry a firearm are permitted to do so on Evergreen property.  All members of the Evergreen community should refer to the Firearms and Weapons policy, which is available at on our website. 

Evergreen does not tolerate the use of firearms or weapons on College owned, controlled, or leased properties. Evergreen PD has and will continue to investigate any threat to the safety of the College in order to protect all members of the College community and their guests.   Firearms WAC

Additionally, the Firearms and Weapons policy states that anyone found violating the College’s policies shall be subject to the disciplinary policies and procedures applicable to students, faculty, or staff and/or criminal prosecution by the appropriate jurisdiction. 

Students should refer to the Student Conduct Code and the Residential and Dining Services Contract to identify other policies regarding firearms and weapons that may apply to them.