Alcohol Policy

Possession and consumption of alcohol:

The following alcohol container restrictions apply to all campus facilities including the Great Hill Student Apartments and may be confiscated by university officials

Note:

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the university Parent/Guardian Notification Policy, the university may release information to parents/guardians without the consent of the eligible student, when the student is under the age of 21 and has violated any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. The Office of Student Conduct sends notification letters to parents of students under the age of 21 who have violated the Alcohol and/or the Drug Free Policies. The letter indicates that the student was found responsible for a violation and encourages the parents/guardians to discuss the matter with the student. The Office will not provide specific information to parents/guardians regarding the incident or the student’s conduct history without a release from the student.

The following is a list of minimum sanctions for violations of the alcohol policy. More severe sanctions may be imposed based on the severity of the violation. Sanctions are determined on a case by case basis.

IN THE PRESENCE OR IN POSSESSION OF EMPTY CONTAINERS OF ALCOHOL, INCLUDING DECORATIVE CONTAINERS:

 

Residents

Commuters

1st Offense

Disciplinary warning

Disciplinary warning

Subsequent violations for being in the presence, or possession, of empty containers of alcohol, including decorative containers will result in increased sanctions.

ALL OTHER ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS:

 

Residents

Commuters

1st Offense

Disciplinary probation

Educational assignment

 

Disciplinary probation

Educational assignment

Temporary suspension from the residence halls

2nd Offense

Temporary suspension from the residence halls

Permanent suspension from the residence halls

3rd Offense

University suspension

University suspension

Students found in violation of the alcohol policy through report of a sexual assault, or psychological or medical emergency will not automatically be subject to minimum sanctions. Such situations will be handled on a case by case basis.

Serving alcoholic beverages at university events: All recognized groups who want to sponsor an event with alcohol on campus must meet with and secure the approval of the director of university services at least 30 days prior to the event. Approval forms are available from, and are facilitated by, the University Events and/or University Services.

Alcohol at events sponsored by student organizations: University-recognized student organizations may request permission to serve alcohol at student events through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. This process begins with the organization’s assigned program advisor.

On-campus events: The Ballroom, Bridgewater Dining Room and One Park Avenue are permanently licensed. Student organizations seeking to hold an event with alcohol in another campus facility may request that a one-day license be obtained. A minimum of 30 days notice is required in order to process requests.

Off-campus events: Student organizations may only hold functions/events with alcohol at an off-campus venue with a permanent license for alcohol service.

The following guidelines apply to the service of alcohol at student events:

Updated 8/2017 by Ed Cabellon, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management via request by Samantha Coakley

updated 8/2015 by Lindsey Bruno, CESO

New Committee Forming 2015-2016