Respect for Alcohol and Drug Laws and Policies

The use of alcoholic beverages within any of the institution's buildings, including residence facilities, is governed by the institution's official Alcohol Policy. Those 21 or older may possess and consume alcohol in their residences or at registered social functions at which alcohol is permitted in accordance with the Alcohol Policy. Those younger than 21 are expected to respect the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that prohibit the transport, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages under any circumstances.

State and federal laws prohibit all use, possession, or sale of illegal drugs or controlled substances without a prescription. All members of the institutional community are expected to be familiar with these laws and to comply with them without exception. The use or sale of such substances is unacceptable and evidence of use or sale may be cause for discontinuance of the student. The institution will not shield individuals from the consequences of violating either state or federal law, and cases involving illegal drugs will be referred to the local magistrate, in addition to being subject to separate and independent institutional action.

Failure to follow alcohol or drug policy includes but is not limited to:

  • Possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs or controlled substances without a prescription.
  • Abuse or medically unsupervised use of prescription drugs.
  • Possession of prescription medications without legal authorization.
  • Possession of any item of drug paraphernalia that contains a drug residue indicating prior use.
  • Possession, transportation, or use of alcohol by anyone younger than 21.
  • Display of empty alcohol bottle or beer can arrangements by persons younger than 21 in institutional residence facilities.
  • Possession or use of alcohol by anyone in any unauthorized location or unregistered social function.
  • Supplying alcohol to minors.
  • Supplying alcohol in bulk quantities (kegs, beer balls, etc.) at any social function in any institution-owned facility.
  • Hosting an unregistered social function in any institution-owned facility. More information about social functions can be found here.
  • Presence at an unregistered social function in any institution-owned facility.
  • Hosting or encouraging drinking games or other irresponsible use of alcohol in any institution-owned facility.

Additional information about alcohol and drug policies appears in the appropriate section of this handbook.