PRP 4810 - Alcoholic Beverage Policy
Issued by: H. Preston Herring, Vice President for Student Life
Effective Date: Fall 2003
Notes: 3/89 Recom. from Alcohol and Drug Task Force; 5/89-Revisions by SLSC; 9/89 Begin Discussion Across Campus; 1/90 Reviewed by SLSC; 2/90 Reviewed by SLSC; 4/90 Reviewed by SLSC; 4/25 Reviewed by Forum; 7/17/90 Concurred upon by Pres. Cabinet; 4/11/03 - Revisions by SLSC; 4/30/03 - Reviewed by Forum; Reviewed/Updated by Student Life Standing Committee, Spring 2012
It is the policy of Bloomsburg University that no alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus, in any university-owned buildings, or on university property, except in the private residences of those university officials and employees required to live on university property, and in the instance of university-sponsored events for which special permission is received within the guidelines of this policy.
For the purpose of this policy, students shall be defined as those who have matriculated at the University and have not yet graduated or officially withdrawn. The following items represent the university's position regarding the student and non-student use of alcoholic beverages:
1. This alcoholic beverage policy will operate within the framework and in support of Commonwealth law regarding the use, sale, exchange, consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages. Those in violation of this policy will be dealt with in accordance with the University judicial policy and when applicable will be prosecuted in accordance with Commonwealth law.
2. The university will communicate its position on, and the legal ramifications of, alcoholic beverage use and abuse to all students, employees, alumni, and registered visitors to the campus.
3. It shall be the concurrent responsibility of members of the Bloomsburg University faculty, staff, and students to make themselves aware of the provisions of Commonwealth law and university policy related to alcoholic use and abuse.
4. University faculty, staff, and students who bring guests to campus (e.g., camps, conferences, seminars, workshops, meetings, etc.) are responsible for informing those individuals of the university alcoholic beverage policies.
5. Individual students and/or student organizations who host events on or off campus are responsible for the action and safety of their guests and must be aware of the liabilities assumed in providing and serving alcoholic beverages to others.
6. Non-students who violate the university's alcoholic beverage policy and whose actions are not in compliance with the orderly operation of the university will be prosecuted in accordance with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania legal statutes. They will be required to leave campus and may not return for at least 24 hours. Non-students involved in on-campus violation of the alcoholic beverage policy are the responsibility of their host/hostess.
7. University employees who violate this policy in the course of their duties will be subject to disciplinary proceedings as defined by the appropriate collective bargaining agreement or by the appropriate supervisor.
8. University funds may not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
9. Advertising of off-campus events where alcoholic beverages will be served as an incentive for attendance is not permitted.
10. For off-campus events where alcoholic beverages are being served, the management of the facility chosen for the function has the legal responsibility for procuring identifications of those purchasing alcoholic beverages, and that such responsibility rests solely with the management of the facility.
11. When the Student Life Office is notified by an official from another university/college or any police department of alcohol related misconduct, the individual or group of students will be subject to university disciplinary proceedings.
12. Students or student organizations found guilty of violating the university alcoholic beverage policy will be sanctioned in relation to the severity of the incident and in accordance with the due process guidelines contained in PRP 4842:
• Students who are charged by a law enforcement agency with illegally selling alcohol to anyone or providing alcohol to minors shall face a campus judicial hearing. Sanctions may include a minimum suspension of one academic semester and may include a longer suspension or expulsion.
• Students whose actions in relationship to consuming, possessing, or providing alcohol are deemed at risk to the university community are subject to interim suspension pending a judicial hearing in accordance with provisions in the Student Conduct Code and Judicial Process.
• Individual students involved in other violations of this policy will be dealt with through the judicial processes outlined in PRP 4842. Sanctions may include probation, suspension or expulsion. Guidelines for sanctions will be determined by the Director of Student Standards or his/her designee and will be published in the The Pilot.
• Organizations recognized by the Community Government Association (CGA) and the University, including co-curricular, extra-curricular, Greek-letter, and athletic teams, which are found in violation of furnishing and/or selling alcohol to minors, will face a judicial board hearing. Organizations found responsible may be suspended for no less than one semester and may include a longer suspension or permanent loss of recognition. Individual students involved will be held responsible as described in 12(c).
• Organizations recognized by the Community Government Association (CGA) and the University, including co-curricular, extra-curricular, Greek-letter, and athletic teams, are prohibited from having multiple-serving containers (for example, a keg) of alcohol at any organization-sponsored event(s). Sanctions for organizations found in violation of 12(e) may include probation, suspension, or permanent loss of recognition.
13. Disclosure of information to a parent or legal guardian of a student regarding the use and possession of alcohol will be released only in accordance with federal and state law, and only after that student has been found in violation of this policy.
14. Alcoholic beverages may be served at university-sponsored events on campus, in special circumstances, where written permission has been obtained from the University President or his/her designee. Requests to serve alcoholic beverages on university property must be made in writing to the Office of the President no less than 10 working days prior to the event. The President may establish an advisory committee to develop evaluation criteria for approval of such events and make recommendations on specific requests.