Use and Possession of Alcohol

  • Participants are expected to comply with minimum age requirements for possession and consumption. Participants may be referred to the University Conduct Process for underage consumption, possession or transportation of alcoholic beverages, possession of false identification which misrepresents their age or identity, or for providing alcoholic beverages to any person who is underage.
  • Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages in open containers is prohibited in the corridors and common areas, such as lounges or lobbies, and public areas outside of dorms/apartments.
  • Students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages that contain in excess of fourteen percent (14%) alcohol by volume. This regulation applies to all students and their guests while at UNDERC properties, regardless of age.
  • Kegs are not permitted at any UNDERC property. 
  • Students of legal age may possess or transport in public areas of UNDERC  property and common spaces of UNDERC residential facilities an amount of alcohol, in closed containers and in suitable packaging, consistent with the concept of responsible and moderate consumption
  • Students of legal drinking age may possess and consume alcoholic beverages at approved University events and/or when served at a UNDERC  facility licensed to provide alcoholic beverages.
  • Intoxication by any student, regardless of age, whether in public or in private, is prohibited. 
  • The abusive drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. The following behaviors are among those that may be considered violations of this regulation:
    • Participating in drinking games, consuming shots of alcohol, drinking to the point of physical illness, “shotgunning” alcohol, or the possession or use of any instrument of alcohol abuse (e.g. “beer bongs”).
    • Consumption of alcohol directly from containers intended for multiple servings (e.g., quart bottles, 40 oz. bottles, 750 ml wine bottles, etc.).
    • Possession or consumption of alcoholic punch, gela­tin shots or grain alcohol.
    • Consumption of alcohol while using prescription or over-the-counter medication where such use is contraindicated.
  • Faculty and staff must be models to students on how responsible, mature members of society can either abstain from the use of alcohol or use alcohol in ways that contribute to the quality of their lives without falling into the trap of excess or addiction.
  • Faculty, staff and graduate students can provide alcohol to undergraduates only when it is possible to ensure moderate consumption, including but not limited to the following:
    • No participant is underage for drinking (21 years of age);
    • A meal will be provided, and alcohol will be provided only for a limited time (brief) and either before or after the meal;
    • Hosts will also provide nonalcoholic beverages as an alternative to alcohol;
    • Alcohol is dispensed by a licensed bartender.
  • Faculty and staff should not accompany undergraduates to restaurants, bars, lounges, etc., where they are aware that underage drinking is taking place.
  • Given University alcohol rules and the UNDERC mission to provide an academic community, it is strongly recommended that gatherings with undergraduates not provide alcohol, as it would require excluding undergraduates who are under 21 years of age.