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Alcohol Policies

Alcohol will be disposed of by authorized college personnel (i.e., Campus Safety officers, Residential Education staff, etc.) when confiscated. Colby-Sawyer College authorized personnel have the right to question and receive clarification from any person regarding containers or rooms that could contain an alcoholic beverage.

If you are under 21

Underage possession of alcohol:

Underage persons may not possess alcohol.
Underage students who possess alcohol containers with any amount of alcohol will be considered in possession of alcohol.
Underage students are prohibited from possessing and displaying alcohol containers.

Underage consumption of alcohol:

Underage persons may not consume alcohol. (New Hampshire State Law refers to underage consumption as "internal possession of alcohol.")

Policies that limit the amount and location of alcohol consumption for those over 21 also apply to students under 21 and will serve as additional violations if applicable.

If you are 21 or over

Persons of legal age (21 years old or older) may possess or consume alcohol in residence hall student rooms where at least one of the assigned residents is of legal age and present. Persons of legal age may purchase and consume alcoholic beverages in a licensed campus area during college-sponsored events.

Alcohol during Vacation Housing Periods:

Persons of legal age may not possess or consume alcohol during temporary housing periods.

Supplying Alcohol to Minors:

Persons of legal age may not buy, sell, provide, furnish, barter, or exchange alcoholic beverages under any circumstances to/with minors.

Open Containers:

Consumption of alcohol and open containers of alcoholic beverages are prohibited in all common or public areas unless at a college sponsored event. Students who are consuming alcohol in private rooms with the doors open will be considered consuming alcohol publicly.

Any student under the age of 21 who violates the “open container” policy will be charged with “Underage consumption/possession of alcohol” and “Open Container” along with any other possible policy violations that may apply.

Excessive Possession of Alcohol:

Persons of legal age may not possess more than any one of the following:
• 30, 12-ounce containers or beer or equivalent
• 20, 12-ounce wine coolers
• 12, 12-ounce mixed alcoholic packaged beverages
• one half gallon of wine
• 1.75 liters of distilled spirits

Any student under the age of 21 who violates the “Excessive Possession” policy will be charged with “Underage consumption/possession of alcohol” and “Excessive Possession” along with any other possible policy violations that may apply.

High Risk Consumption:

A student may not drink alcohol in a high risk manner or to the point of intoxication, nor may he/she knowingly serve another to the point of intoxication, regardless of age. Behavioral symptoms frequently associated with excessive consumption or intoxication may include: Impaired motor skills, difficulty communicating, vomiting, glazed/red eyes, the smell of alcohol on one's breath, verbal and or/physical aggressiveness, destructive or disruptive behavior, and engaging in any behavior that may endanger oneself or others. The determination of high risk drinking or an intoxicated state will be based upon:

  1. a campus safety officer administering a Field Sobriety Test;
  2. a campus safety officer administering a portable breath test with a Breath Alcohol Content (Brac.) resulting in levels .08 and above; or
  3. based on physical observation and need not rely on any mechanical, electrical or chemical sobriety instrument.

Students who comply with a Campus Safety Officer's request to perform a Portable Breath Test (PBT) and whose results reveal a Breath Alcohol Content (BrAC) of .08 or above may have the option to participate in the H.O.P.E. Program.

Students who do not comply with a Campus Safety Officer's request to perform a PBT, will be referred to the New London Police Department as per the memorandum of understanding between Colby-Sawyer College and the New London Police Department and will also be documented as having violated Colby-Sawyer College's “Failure to Comply” policy.

Prohibited Alcohol:

Persons of legal age may not possess or consume grain alcohol on Colby-Sawyer College owned or leased property.

Any student under the age of 21 who violates the “Prohibited Alcohol” policy will be charged with “Underage consumption/possession of alcohol” and “Prohibited Alcohol” along with any other possible policy violations that may apply.

Common Sources of Alcohol:

Persons of legal age may not possess any common source(s) of alcohol on Colby-Sawyer College owned or leased property. Common sources are only permitted at college sponsored events where the event has received authorization through the Department of Student Activities.

Some examples of “common sources of alcohol” could include but not limited to:
• kegs;
• party balls;
• cases of beer;
• bars – multiple containers of alcohol; and
• alcoholic punches – a homemade beverage consisting of wine or spirits mixed with fruit juice soda, water, etc. and/or served from a common container.

Any student under the age of 21 who violates the “Common Sources of Alcohol” policy will be charged with “Underage consumption/possession of alcohol” and “Common Sources of Alcohol” along with any other possible policy violations that may apply.

Drinking Practices that Promote Intoxication/Drinking Games:

Drinking practices that promote intoxication and any paraphernalia which supports drinking practices are not allowed. Drinking games are contests or practices in which participants encourage or require other participants to consume alcohol. Drinking game paraphernalia could include cards, dice, or board games in the presence of alcohol.

Some examples of Drinking Practices that Promote Intoxication could include, but are not limited to:
• Funneling;
• Card games that promote alcohol consumption: “Kings,” “Power Hour,” “Up and Down the River,” etc.
• “Flip Cup”
• “Beer Pong”/”Beirut”
• “Quarters”
• Movie drinking games, song drinking games, name games, etc.

Any student under the age of 21 who violates the “Drinking Practices that Promote Intoxication/Drinking Games” policy will be charged with “Underage consumption/possession of alcohol” and “Drinking Practices that Promote Intoxication” along with any other possible policy violations that may apply.

Operating a Motor Vehicle

Students are prohibited from operating motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Students who are reported to be charged with driving while under the influence or intoxicated while on or adjacent to college roadways may be charged with excessive intoxication and disorderly or disruptive behavior.

Failure to Register a Social Function:

Social events involving alcohol must be registered with at least one person of legal age to consume alcohol and have one designated non-drinking person (sober host) responsible for monitoring the behavior of guests invited to the event. Only persons of legal age may register a social function.

For information about registering a social function for on campus residences, please see Residential Education Policies for social functions. For information about registering a social function for one of the college owned or leased off campus residences, click here.

For information about alcohol use at college sponsored events, see Your Right to Know distributed annually by the department of Campus Safety.


Policy reviewed and revised May 2014 by associate dean of students and director of citizenship education.

Rationale
  • Alcohol abuse and misuse is detrimental to a student's physical and emotional health and interferes with a student's ability to attain academic and personal excellence.

  • A culture of alcohol abuse and misuse interferes with the academic culture and mission of the college and disrupts the community.

Values
  • Excellence
  • Respect
  • Stewardship