1 - Alcoholic Beverages

Introduction

Alfred State students are expected to comply with local, state, and federal laws relating to the use of drugs and alcohol. The College will not tolerate conduct which disrupts the campus and the academic or residential environment. The College values its relationship with the Village of Alfred and recognizes the right of its neighbors to be secure from abusive conduct caused by illegal use and/or irresponsible use of drugs and alcohol on and off campus.

With this in mind, Alfred State has established a clear, concise policy relating to the illegal use of alcohol and drugs. The use, possession, sale, or distribution of any controlled substance, the use, sale, possession, or distribution of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21, and the unauthorized possession of any central alcohol source (e.g., kegs, beer balls, trash can punches, etc.) by students on the Alfred State campus or in the course of College activities are prohibited.

The majority of offenses against people and property committed at Alfred State are a direct result of alcohol use/abuse. Such high-risk behavior is unacceptable to the student population and community at large.

Philosophy and Rationale

The Alfred State community is acutely aware of the problems that commonly result from alcohol consumption. Alcohol addiction, disruptive and destructive behavior, and the wasting of individual health and talents are perils that require recognition and preventive measures. Regardless of age, any individuals who consume alcohol to a level where they place themselves or others in harm’s way are engaged in high-risk behavior. High-risk behaviors are dangerous and antithetical to a community committed to safety, learning, and respect. When the College is notified of student misconduct in regard to alcohol misuse or abuse off campus, it may also choose to hold the student accountable through the campus disciplinary process. College policies and regulations reflect these concerns and shall serve to remind potential offenders of the likely consequences.

The purpose of the College is two-fold: It must provide the best possible opportunity for learning, and it must create an environment conducive to personal growth. These goals are hindered by alcohol abuse. Student drinking patterns that interfere with accomplishment of College goals are unacceptable and shall be cause for disciplinary action ranging from disciplinary warning to disciplinary suspension. Students who are mandated by the hearing process to attend an alcohol assessment or an alcohol and drug education program and fail to successfully complete these programs as required will be subject to further disciplinary action which may include dismissal from the College.

Overview

The information that follows serves as a sanctioning guideline used when addressing on- and off-campus violations of the College’s Community Standards involving alcohol. Sanctions may be lesser or more severe depending on the circumstances of the incident and consideration of any prior disciplinary record. To list all those acts which might constitute unacceptable conduct is impossible; however, student participation in any of the actions below or other potentially serious violations of College policy may warrant judicial action.

Personal Accountability and Responsibility

Students who are of legal drinking age and choose to consume alcohol are expected to limit their use so as not to interfere with their ability to act responsibly. Impairment from the use of alcohol does not diminish personal responsibility for one’s actions and behavior. If a student is in violation of another policy (e.g., non-compliance with College officials, law enforcement and emergency personnel, destruction of property, assault, tampering with fire safety equipment, etc.) while under the influence of alcohol, the individual is subject to disciplinary action for all violations that may have occurred.

Philosophy and Rationale for 21 and Over

The College permits persons of legal age to possess and consume alcoholic beverages in its College-administered housing units within the limits detailed below.