Policy Number: C15.1

Policy Name: STUDENT ALCOHOL AND DRUG POLICY

 

RIT is a learning community. The best environment for learning occurs when the community promotes and supports healthy and responsible behavior among its members. Students are ultimately responsible for their behavior and must assume full consequences for it. This includes the responsible and legal use of alcohol. The goal of the RIT Student Alcohol and Drug Policy is to promote individual responsibility and advance the goals and expectations stated in "RIT's Expectations for Community Behavior."

This policy applies to all student members of the RIT community and their guests. It also applies to all student activities on the RIT campus and to all RIT-sponsored events where students are present. Faculty, staff and their guests are governed by a separate policy.

RIT students are subject to federal, state and local laws regarding alcohol and drug use. Serious civil and criminal legal liabilities can result from possession, use, serving, sale or unlawful manufacturing of drugs and/or alcohol. RIT will not protect individuals or groups from law enforcement by legal authorities with respect to drugs and alcohol use or abuse.

Individuals or organizations who hold private parties or sponsor private 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 by attendees, participants and guests. Officers of organizations that sponsor parties or events, or other hosts or people whose apartment, residence hall room or office is the site where drinking occurs, will be held responsible for complying with the provisions of this policy.

Provisions Governing the Possession and Use of Alcohol

 1.  Alcohol may not be illegally used, possessed, manufactured or exchanged on RIT owned or operated property or at RIT sponsored events. No alcohol may be sold or exchanged for money on RIT property or at RIT-sponsored events without a New York State liquor license. The RIT Sports Zone/Game Room will continue to be a licensed premise and will be permitted to serve alcohol to individuals who are at least 21 years of age.

 2.  The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in all RIT residence halls (including Greek houses and house basements), regardless of age or circumstances.

 3. The consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages is permitted in RIT operated apartments only by those residents of the apartment who are at least 21 years of age.  Alcohol possession and consumption is not permitted in common or public areas within apartment complexes. Parties in apartments are to be limited to invited guests of a number that is defined by building occupancy codes and that can be accommodated without disturbing the community. These numbers may be found in the RIT apartment contract for a particular facility or obtained from Apartment Management.

  4. The guests at all privately sponsored parties where alcohol is to be served must be invited by direct personal invitation only.  General "come all" posters, flyers, or mass electronic invitations will not be permitted for events designated as private parties. Only the RIT Sports Zone or an institutionally designated space can be used for a community-wide event where alcohol is to be served to students or student groups.

 5.  Public Safety and other RIT officials have the right to terminate events and take appropriate actions if they determine that it is probable that university policy and/or New York State law is being violated at any gathering on the RIT campus, in RIT operated facilities, or at campus-sponsored functions.

6.   Bulk containers of beer (kegs or beer balls) are prohibited in all RIT operated apartments. Such containers are permitted only in institutionally designated party areas where alcohol can be served for parties or special events, or in areas that are covered by a New York State Liquor License.

 7. Open containers of alcohol are not permitted outdoors on the RIT campus without prior authorization. Authorization will be given in situations where alcohol is to be served in conjunction with an officially sponsored RIT student event. The authorization process for use of alcohol in these situations is coordinated through the Center for Campus Life in the Campus Center. (See "Registration Procedures for Events Where Alcohol is Served/Consumed on the RIT Campus" for specifics.)

8.  All student events and parties where alcohol is served, possessed or consumed must abide by all existing university policies and procedures regarding the use, possession, sale, and distribution of alcohol and may be further restricted by existing municipal and state ordinances. Prior to planning any activity or event where alcohol is to be served, individuals/groups should consult the Center for Campus Life located in the Campus Center regarding the provisions and restrictions governing alcohol use at RIT activities and events.

 9.  Student sponsored parties/events where alcohol is served may be held in designated areas on the RIT campus.  (Private parties held in RIT operated apartments are covered in item 3 above.)  Alcoholic beverages can be served at these student sponsored parties and events on campus only by RIT Food Service or by an approved third-party vendor. Registration and authorization for such events can be obtained through the Center for Campus Life in the Campus Center. The Center coordinates the procedures for securing authorization from the State Liquor Board to sell/serve alcohol; this process takes a minimum of ten (10) business days.

10.  Behavior which is dangerous to oneself or others and/or disturbs the learning and/or living environment in RIT operated facilities or at any RIT sponsored activity/event is strictly prohibited. Such behavior will result in Public Safety intervention and campus student conduct action.

11.  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 State law and RIT regulations.  Any person who exhibits behavior which suggests that excessive drinking has occurred cannot be served or permitted continued access to alcohol. Individuals who serve such individuals alcoholic beverages will face Public Safety intervention, campus student conduct action, and possible civil and criminal prosecution.

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

13.  In order to avoid the dangerous and possibly fatal effects of alcohol poisoning, an individual who has "passed out" or shows other signs of serious effects from alcohol consumption should immediately be brought to the attention of Public Safety, RIT Ambulance, the Residence Life staff, or some other person able to assist or to get assistance.  Seeking such help is encouraged by RIT.

14. Students violating the RIT Student Alcohol and Drug Policy will be subject to the campus student conduct process published in the "Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook," and to the student conduct actions and sanctions described in this policy.  All guests or visitors to the campus must also comply with the provisions of this policy or risk removal from the campus and possible future restriction from campus property.

RIT Good Samaritan Policy

The RIT Good Samaritan Policy is designed to address issues related to alcohol abuse for the following situations:

A student or organization referred to Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services through the Good Samaritan Policy regardless of conduct history will not receive a disciplinary sanction provided the student or organization completes all meetings and conditions.

When an incident involving alcohol occurs that falls under the Good Samaritan Policy, Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services will contact the students or the organization involved in the incident to arrange for a meeting with a representative from Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services and the Student Health Center.  At the meeting, the Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services representative and the Student Health representative will review the incident with the student or organization and determine an appropriate educational response.  This may include the following:

A student is not eligible for referral through the Good Samaritan policy if the incident involved a potential violation of the RIT policy concerning sexual misconduct or other crime of violence.

Students will have one opportunity to be referred through the RIT Good Samaritan Policy per the discretion of Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services.

If a student or organization fails to complete the required outcomes of the meeting with Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services and Student Health, the situation will be referred to the Student Conduct Process for Failure to Comply with a university official (Section B #7 of the RIT Student Rights and Responsibilities).

Sanctions Regarding Violations of RIT Student Alcohol Policy

If a student or student organization violates the RIT Alcohol Policy, the following judicial outcomes should be anticipated:


BEHAVIOR  

 

CONSEQUENCES

POSSESSION OF ALCOHOL:

  • in residence halls and Greek houses regardless of age
  • under 21 years of age
  • possession of bulk alcohol

First Offense:

  • Disciplinary Probation

Second Offense:

  • Deferred Disciplinary Suspension/Deferred Removal and  Possible Referral for a Chemical Dependency Screening

Third Offense:

  • Disciplinary Suspension or Removal from housing with    appropriate conditions

 

BEHAVIOR WHICH SUGGESTS
THE EXCESSIVE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL:

 

First Offense: 

  • Probable  Deferred Disciplinary Suspension/Deferred      Removal from Housing
  • Possible Referral to Alternative Educational Sanction       Program
  • Possible referral for a Chemical Dependency Screening

Second Offense:

  • Disciplinary  Suspension and/or Removal from housing     with appropriate conditions     

 

SERIOUS POLICY VIOLATIONS:
(Including serving alcohol to minors, hazing events involving alcohol or dangerous behavior as a result of  alcohol)            

 

First Offense:

  • Probable Disciplinary Suspension and/or Removal from housing with appropriate conditions

 

DWI ON CAMPUS:    

 

First Offense:

  • Referral to local law enforcement agency
  • Disciplinary Suspension

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONAL
VIOLATIONS RELATED TO ALCOHOL:    

 

First Offense:

  • Educational and/or community related sanctions
  • Possible Disciplinary Suspension of organization and/or Removal of recognition

These guidelines are examples of responses that will most likely result when there have been violations of the RIT Alcohol Policy.  Each incident is handled individually.  The prior judicial background of the student(s) involved and the impact of the incident on the student and the RIT community are considered when decisions are rendered.  In some cases, even though it may be a first offense, the impact of an incident may call for a more serious response.

A sanction of Deferred Suspension or higher will require the dependent student to notify his/her parents or legal guardians about the decision and have the parents/legal guardians contact the Center for Student Conduct for verification. 

Provisions Governing the Possession and Use of Illegal Drugs

1. RIT explicitly prohibits use, possession, sale, manufacturing or trafficking of illegal drugs on RIT owned or operated property, or at RIT sponsored events.

2. In order to avoid the dangerous and possibly fatal effects of drug overdose, an individual who has "passed out" or shows other signs of serious effects from drug use should immediately be brought to the attention of Public Safety, RIT Ambulance, the Residence Life staff or some other person able to assist or to get assistance. Seeking such help is encouraged by RIT.

3. Students violating the RIT Student Alcohol and Drug Policy will be subject to the campus student conduct process, published in the "Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook," and to the judicial actions and sanctions described in this policy. RIT students will be held responsible for the behavior of their guests.  All guests or visitors to the campus must also comply with the provisions of this policy or risk removal from the campus and possible future restriction from campus property.

Sanctions Regarding Violations of RIT Student Drug Policy

If a student or student organization violates the RIT Drug Policy, the following judicial outcomes should be anticipated:

 

BEHAVIOR    

 

CONSEQUENCES

 

USE / POSSESSION OF ILLEGAL DRUGS

 

First Offense:

  • Deferred Disciplinary Suspension
  • Deferred Removal or Removal from RIT housing
  • Possible referral for a chemical dependency screening
  • Possible Alternative Education Program

Second Offense: 

  • Disciplinary Suspension or Dismissal
  • Drug treatment while on suspension from the university

 

SELLING OR TRAFFICKING OF ILLEGAL DRUGS

 

Disciplinary Suspension, Dismissal or Expulsion
Referral to local law enforcement agencies

These guidelines are examples of responses that will most likely result when there have been violations of the RIT Drug Policy.  Each incident is handled individually.  The prior judicial background of the student(s) involved and the impact of the incident on the student and the RIT community are considered when decisions are rendered.  In some cases, even though it may be a first offense, the impact of an incident may call for a more serious response.

A sanction of Deferred Suspension or higher will require the dependent student to notify his/her parents or legal guardians about the decision and have the parents/legal guardians contact Student Conduct and Conflict Management Services for verification. 

Registration Procedures for Student Sponsored Events Where Alcohol is Served/Consumed on the RIT Campus

(The following procedures do not apply to private parties held in RIT operated apartments.)

1. Student sponsored events where alcoholic beverages are to be served require that an event registration form be initiated and approved.  This process takes a minimum of ten (10) business days prior to the event. Such events can be arranged on a space-available basis.  Inquiries regarding the availability of space/rooms for events where alcohol is permitted can be obtained at the Center for Campus Life, Campus Center.

2. Alcohol can be provided, possessed or consumed by students only in institutionally designated spaces on the RIT campus. RIT Food Service or an approved third-party vendor must dispense all alcohol at these parties/events. Arrangements for private parties where alcoholic beverages are served can be made through the Center for Campus Life in the Campus Center. Only individuals who are at least 21 years of age may register an event where alcoholic beverages are to be served.

3. Public Safety will determine the security staffing levels for each event where alcoholic beverages are to be served. The required number of officers must be present for the duration of the event. The costs of these officers will be billed directly to the sponsoring/host organization. Public Safety will discuss requirements for security with the sponsoring individuals or groups prior to the event.

4. The guests at all privately sponsored parties where alcoholic beverages are to be served must be invited by direct personal invitation only.  General "come all" posters, flyers, or mass electronic   invitations will not be permitted for events designated as private parties. Only the RIT Sports Zone/Game Room or an institutionally designated space can be used for a community-wide event where alcoholic beverages are to be served to students or student groups.

5. When alcoholic beverages are served at student sponsored parties/events, non-alcoholic beverages and food must also be served.  Guidelines may be obtained at the Center for Campus Life.

6. Individuals/officers of the student organization sponsoring the event will be held responsible for the behavior of guests. An officer of the organization must be present for the duration of the event. They will also be responsible for assuring that only individuals who are at least 21 years of age are consuming alcohol during the party/event.

7. Student organizers of a party/event should ensure that appropriate transportation is available for individuals who have been consuming alcohol during the party. They should ensure that individuals who have been drinking do not drive while intoxicated.

Responsible Office: Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Effective Date: Approved February 11, 1998 to replace Policy C15.0

Policy History: