Know the Law

While a student at Indiana University, there are a few laws to keep in mind while partying:


Under 21
  • It’s illegal to possess, consume or transport alcohol without being accompanied by at least one parent or guardian in your vehicle.  It doesn’t matter if the alcohol is unopened, or belongs to someone else.
  • Underage drinking and driving will result in arrest at .02 BAC.
  • It is illegal to lie about your age or present a fake ID, and it’s illegal to give or sell a fake ID.  It’s also illegal to possess a fake ID, regardless if you’ve used it or not.
21 and older
  • It’s illegal to drive a vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Even if you are under .08 BAC, you can be arrested if you are exhibiting signs of impairment.


  • Marijuana is still illegal in Indiana.  If you have a medical card from a state where marijuana has been legalized, it’s of no use here.
  • It is illegal to “share” your prescription of Adderall, or “give” a friend your leftover pain medicine because they have a headache.
  • It’s illegal to knowingly visit a building or vehicle where there is illegal drug activity.
  • It’s illegal to possess any material or devices used to put controlled drugs in the body.
  • It’s illegal to possess illegal drugs themselves, including medications for which you don’t have a prescription.
  • Producing, selling or delivering an illegal drug or controlled substance can result in felony drug dealing charges.  If you are receiving federal financial aid at the time of arrest, you may lose your aid and become ineligible to receive further aid for a set period of time.  

For international students: If you are here on a Visa, and are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you may have to report the arrest and/or criminal charge to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Depending on the nature of the crime, your eligibility to remain in the U.S., or to be readmitted, may be affected.