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Alcohol Policy

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Regulations for Individual Possession and Consumption of Alcohol in Student Rooms

  1. Students under the age of 21 shall neither possess nor consume alcoholic beverages.
  2. Possession and consumption of alcohol in the residence halls is a privilege and may be revoked at any time. No alcohol is permitted in alcohol-free areas or on any floor noted as substance-free housing.
  3. Only those rooms or suites where all the residents are 21 years of age or older shall be permitted the use of alcoholic beverages and the privilege to possess and/or store any container which previously contained an alcoholic beverage. Those possessing alcohol are responsible for safeguarding their supply of alcohol to prevent it from being obtained by those under the age of 21.
  4. Any student violating existing rules and regulations governing alcoholic beverages set forth in the Code of Student Conduct or NYS laws will be subject to the legal process and/or the campus disciplinary process.
  5. No more than six persons, all of whom must be 21 years of age or older, may be in a room at the time alcohol is being consumed.
  6. There shall be no kegs of any size or beer balls. The quantity shall not exceed one case of 12 oz. American beer per room or one gallon of wine or one quart of 80-proof liquor or any combination thereof allowed for personal use only.
  7. Each individual in a residence hall is responsible for his or her own actions. Students are responsible for the actions of their guests.
  8. All students, whether or not they are 21 years of age or older, who do not want alcohol in their room will be segregated by rooms, floors, and wings whenever possible. An alcohol-free wing is provided in Mohawk South or any floor noted as substance-free housing.
  9. Cans or bottles which previously contained alcohol (“empties”) are treated as full containers. Regardless what function(s) the containers serve (such as lamps or decorations), they are still prohibited in rooms unless all occupants of the room are age 21 or older.

Specific Regulations Concerning Registered Events in the Residence Halls

  1. 1. All requests for events shall be submitted to and approved by the Residence Hall Director at least two weeks before the event. The Residence Hall Director will forward qualified requests to the Alcohol Coordinator for action.
  2. All events must be registered with the master calendar in the Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership (SAIL) office and with the University Police at least two weeks prior to the event by means of the approved request form.
  3. No approved events shall take place on a day preceding an academic school day (one on which classes or exams are held) and not on designated all-college weekends.

Clarification of the keg, beer ball and large quantity of alcohol rule. Possession of kegs, beer balls and large quantities of alcohol in College housing will result in immediate disciplinary action including the possibility of suspension from College housing. Large quantity is defined as 15 oz. or more of total alcohol. This means more than a case of American beer or a quart of 80-proof liquor or one gallon of wine or any combination of alcoholic beverages which amass 15 ozs. or more total alcohol. An empty container which previously contained an alcoholic beverage may be considered the equivalent of a full container and dealt with as such under the Zero Tolerance Policy.

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