Updated Student Alcohol Policy


This policy applies to all members of the RIT community - administration, faculty and staff. Guests on the RIT campus or attending RIT events must also comply with this Policy or risk being required to leave and not permitted fu ture access or admission.


The priority at RIT is education. The best environment for learning occurs when community members are healthy and problems associated with alcohol and drug use are non-existent. The promotion of this kind of environment is the goal of th e RIT Alcohol and Drug Policy.

Consistent with its goal, the primary emphasis of the RIT Alcohol and Drug Policy is on programs and rules designed to promote individual knowledge and responsible action toward development of a healthy lifestyle by all members of the RIT community. A healthy lifestyle includes, among other factors, a life free from addictions, including chemical addiction, and free as well from all of the other damage that can easily arise from misusing alcohol and other drugs.

The educational component of the Policy is fulfilled through formal and informal information programs, the availability of personal counseling, and the encouragement of an atmosphere at RIT in which there is discussion and mutual assistanc e of community members around issues of alcohol and drug use.

The second element of achieving RIT's goal of creating a good learning environment is implementation of the philosophy that each individual member of the campus community is responsible for his or her own actions. When making decisions to consume alcohol or provide it to others, individuals are responsible for being mindful of the possible consequences and inherent risks to themselves and others involved.

The final strategy to achieve the Policy's goal of a good learning environment is an emphasis on the importance of a safe and reasonably peaceful campus. Behavior which is dangerous to oneself or others or which disturbs the learning or t he related living environment at RIT is prohibited and will result in sanctions. Individuals are held responsible under the RIT judicial system and the RIT personnel policies for their behavior and being under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not an excuse or reason for leniency. To the contrary, it indicates a disregard for common sense with respect to the safety of oneself and the safety and reasonable needs of others.

It must be understood that RIT is not a haven from the law. RIT community members are subject to federal, state and local laws on campus, as well as off. There are serious potential civil and criminal legal liabilities that can result fr om possession, use, serving, sale, or manufacture of drugs and alcohol. RIT will not protect individuals or groups from enforcement by legal authorities of the general law, including the laws with respect to drugs and alcohol. Furthermore, with respect to the violation of federal, state or local laws concerning alcohol and drugs, RIT will not assume responsibility for the private actions of individuals or groups on RIT property or at RIT sponsored events. RIT explicitly prohibits illegal possession, u se, sale, or trafficking in drugs or alcohol on RIT property or at sponsored events. RIT administrators, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to vigorously support and implement these alcohol regulations and should seek to set a positive example to all students by discouraging alcohol related behavior that is abusive to oneself and that violates the regulations of New York State Law.

Regulations on Alcohol

2. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession or use of alcohol is prohibited on RIT property or as a part of any activity sponsored by RIT.

3. The administration will not authorize or register events where serving or possessing alcohol in violation of the laws of the State of New York is knowingly permitted. Individuals or organizations who hold private parties or sponsor pri vate events where alcohol is served or consumed assume full personal responsibility and liability for compliance with the law and for conduct related to the consumption of alcohol of attendees, participants and guests. Officers of organizations or super visors of departments that sponsor parties or events, chairpersons of events or other hosts or people whose apartment, residence hall room or office is the site where drinking occurs will be held responsible.

4. Behavior which is dangerous (physically or mentally ) to oneself or others or which disturbs the learning or the related living environment at RIT is prohibited. In these regulations this specifically means dangerous or disruptive beha vior involving or resulting from the use, sale, service or possession of alcohol.

5. Serving, selling or providing alcohol to persons who are under 21 years of age or possession of alcohol by someone under 21 years of age is prohibited by both New York law and the RIT Regulations on Alcohol.

6. If alcohol is sold or money is charged for any event at which alcohol is served on RIT property, a caterer's permit must be obtained from the New York Alcohol Beverage Control Board; for events on campus, the caterer's permit must be obtained though engaging RIT Food Service or engaging a licensed caterer approved for handling and serving alcoholic beverages on campus.

7. Alcohol may not be consumed in environments or under circumstances which are potentially hazardous to the consuming individual or others in the area. This includes but is not limited to:

8. Any person who exhibits signs of intoxication cannot be served or permitted continued access to alcohol.

9. In order to avoid the dangerous and possibly fatal effect of alcohol poisoning, an individual who has "passed out" or shows other signs of serious overuse from alcohol consumption should be brought immediately to the attentio n of Campus Safety, RIT Ambulance, or some other person able to assist to or to get assistance. Seeking help for oneself or another is always the action chosen by a mature, concerned person; seeking help is encouraged by RIT and will not, in itself, resul t in a sanction.

10. Some form of food or snack must be available during the period when alcohol is served. Non alcoholic drinks (other than water) must be equally and continually available during the period when alcohol is served.

11. Open Container/Private Consumption

a. Alcohol in open containers may be consumed only in the following areas:

b. Alcohol in open containers is not permitted: c. Alcohol in open containers may be consumed in RIT apartments and areas directly adjacent to apartments for private consumption.

d. Students may not possess more than one "single serving container" of alcohol.

12. Alcohol Party Guidelines

a. The entire amount of alcohol available at a party may not exceed the following:

b. Bulk containers of alcohol (i.e., kegs, beer balls) and hard liquor are not permitted in residence halls.

c. Alcohol other than beer or wine may not be served unless most of the guests attending are age 21 or older.

d. Alcohol cannot be served in a glass container unless it is served by RIT Food Service or another licensed caterer. Refer to Regulations 17 for additional rules regarding quantities of alcohol and services which apply to registered e vents.

e. Greek letter organizations which are allowed by their national organization to sponsor BYOB events are responsible for making reasonable attempts to prevent intoxication. Guidelines are no more than two drinks for the first hour, and one for every hour afterwards per person for consumption. Each person at a BYOB event may not bring more than six 12 oz. containers of beer or wine. Monitors may not return alcoholic beverages to a person exhibiting signs of intoxication. Independent s tudents assigned to a Greek house for housing must conform to the chapter's rules on alcohol use.

13. Private parties may not be advertised via posters, fliers or any other means of mass or non-personal communications or they will no longer be considered private. Invitations, publicity or advertisements for any party or event, whethe r or not registered and whether or not private, cannot state or suggest that the primary purpose of the affair is alcohol consumption or in any way encourage the overindulgence or abuse of alcohol. Furthermore, if alcohol is mentioned in the invitation o r publicity of any party or event, it must also state that non alcoholic beverages will be served.

14. Use of false or altered identification or other misrepresentation of one's age in order to possess or consume alcohol is explicitly forbidden.

15. Consumption of any alcoholic beverages by employees during working hours on their scheduled work day, on or off campus, is not permitted except at officially sanctioned events. (Lunch periods are not considered working hours, but all breaks are part of the working day.) Reporting to work inebriated is also prohibited. (See Policy 6.08 of the Personnel Policies Manual).

16. If criminal charges are brought against an employee and the employee is convicted of violating a criminal drug law for a violation occurring in the RIT workplace, the convicted employee must notify his or her supervisor within five wor king days. (Notified supervisors have further responsibilities: see Policy 6.08 of the Personnel Policies Manual).

17. This section describes additional regulations on use and service of alcohol which apply at events that must be registered:

A. Criteria for Requiring Event Registration.

B. Additional Regulations for Registered Events with Alcohol:

Identification for proof of age must be made by means of:

RIT IDs are not valid proof of age for purposes of alcohol consumption. If underage people are expected in any number, all attendees must be marked with a stamp on the right hand. For people underage, an "X" should be drawn thou gh the stamp with a waterproof marker.

18. Additional requirements with respect to use and service of alcohol may be imposed on members or participants in events by organizations, clubs, national affiliates of such groups (such as national fraternities and sororities), the RIT Athletic Department or club sports organizations.

Regulations on Other Drugs

Reporting for work under the influence of a controlled substance not medically prescribed is prohibited. In order to prevent the dangerous and possibly fatal effects of drug use, an individual who has "passed out" or shows other signs of serious overuse of drugs should be brought immediately to the attention of Campus Safety, RIT Ambulance, or some other person able to assist or to get assistance.

Seeking help for oneself or another is always the action chosen by a mature, concerned person; seeking help is encouraged by RIT and will not, in itself, result in sanction (see "Seeking Help Not Penalized" below).


SEEK HELP OR REPORT VIOLATIONS WHEN PROBLEMS CONCERNING ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE OR ABUSE COME TO YOUR ATTENTION. Adherence to this policy is the personal responsibility of each member of the student body, staff, faculty and administration.



  • Campus Safety
  • Office of Student Affairs, including Judicial Affairs, Greek Affairs, and Student Activities.
  • Area Coordinators
  • Residence Advisors, House Managers or Community Development Staff**
  • Residential or Apartment Safety Aides**
  • Responsible Representatives or Hosts at parties or events**

** These individuals can assist in reporting a violation, in explaining RIT's Alcohol and Drug Policy or in requesting others to take action to comply with the Policy, or in seeking help, but they are not themselves empowered by RIT to t ake other action with respect to violations.




[Refer to the Students Rights and Responsibilities Handbook regarding further information on disciplinary sanctions. imposed on students who violate this policy.]

Seeking Help Not Penalized

RIT encourages all members of the RIT community to seek help for themselves or others if they are:

  • seriously intoxicated or impaired by alcohol or drug consumption
  • in a situation posing immediate danger to themselves or others, including attempting to operate a motor vehicle, or
  • developing or showing signs of alcohol or drug misuse, abuse, or addiction.

Seeking help in the three circumstances set forth above will not in itself result in referral for disciplinary action, or to the legal authorities, of either the person for whom help is sought or the person seeking help. Seeking help, how ever, will not relieve an individual from the consequences (including those imposed through RIT disciplinary action or by civil or criminal legal authority) of actions prior to or after seeking help which harmed or endangered others or their property.



  • RIT Ambulance: 475-3333 (Voice)
  • Campus Safety: 475-3333 (Voice) or 475-6654 (TTY)
  • Lifeline: 275-5151 (Voice); 275-2700 (TTY)

IMPACT-RIT's Alcohol and Drug Education and Prevention Program

IMPACT provides informative programs to students on various issues relating to alcohol and drugs. These issues are approached in a non-punitive, non-judgmental manner, offering students the opportunity to get the facts, then make their ow n choices.

  • Programs on a wide variety of alcohol and drug-related topics are available for residence halls, apartments and Greek/Specialty houses. Its numerous programs are catered to each group's individual needs and interests.
  • Accurate, factual written material is provided free of charge, covering many alcohol and drug issues including: driving while intoxicated (DWI), adult children of alcoholics (ACOA's), signs of abuse, characteristics of specific drugs a nd alcohol, long and short term effects of chemical usage, etc.
  • Alcohol and drug abuse consultations and referrals are confidential and free of charge. If you are concerned that you or a friend may be using drugs or alcohol to excess, contact IMPACT for a confidential consultation meeting and info rmation on various treatment, counseling and support group options.
  • IMPACT is interested in assisting with event co-sponsorship. If an organization is considering planning an event related to alcohol or drug education, contact IMPACT for support.
  • The Mobile Information Center is regularly transported to various locations on campus, including the Student Alumni Union and individual colleges to distribute informational material and to answer questions.
  • A mini-course is offered for students experiencing difficulties with alcohol and/or other chemicals. This non-credit course is offered regularly throughout the academic year, and presents educational material on many facets of alcohol and drug use and abuse.

IMPACT is located in the Student Health Center. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. They may be reached at 475-7081. Evening programming is available. Mail may be addressed to Student Health Center or call 475-2261 and leave a message.

SAISD - Substance and Alcohol Intervention Services for the Deaf

SAISD provides the following alcohol and other drug information and referral services to the NTID faculty, staff and student populations on the RIT campus and to the Rochester deaf community at large:

  • Intervention sessions with individuals and families
  • Group counseling sessions
  • Individual alcohol and other drugs screening sessions
  • Distribution of pamphlets and other information related to alcohol and other drugs at formal events or after telephone or written requests
  • Formal coursework at NTID or in the Rochester community
  • Alcohol and other drug informational presentations at NTID or in the Rochester community
  • Cross-disability professional training sessions
  • Cross-disability professional consultation sessions

SAISD is located in the Student Life Center, Room 2914. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Evening programming is available upon request. Phone 475-4978 voice and TTY.

Additional Counseling, Assistance and Awareness Programs

  • Center for Counseling and Human Development
  • Confidential individual group counseling is available for students. Student Life Center, 475-2661 (Voice/TTY).
  • Student Health Center
Offers general medical diagnosis and treatment, personal health counseling and health awareness and educational programs. Student Life Center at 475-2255 (Voice/TTY).
  • PIERS (Peers Informing and Educating RIT Students) at 475-5907 (V) or 475-5103 (TTY)

Center for Campus Ministry

Members of the Campus Ministry are available to provide personal counseling, support and programming regarding the effects of drug and alcohol abuse on the individual, family and campus community. Interfaith Center at 475-2135 (Voice/TTY) .

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

For referral to locally available community services call 473-6750.

Approved May 5, 1993