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This BSU Student Handbook is a guide to students' rights, responsibilities and resources.

Alcohol Policy

  • Bridgewater State University prohibits the possession, consumption, storage or service of alcohol by students except at the Great Hill Student Apartments by apartment residents and their guests who are 21 years of age or older, or at approved or licensed locations. Alcohol may only be transported (not being consumed, stored or served) to the Great Hill Student Apartments by apartment residents. Guests are not permitted to bring alcohol onto the Bridgewater State University campus regardless of their age. This includes guests of students residing in the Great Hill Student Apartments.
  • In areas other than approved or licensed locations, all persons are prohibited from being present where there are alcoholic beverage containers including decorative containers), whether full, partially full or empty.
  • Public intoxication is prohibited. Public intoxication is defined as any intoxication which causes a disturbance or is dangerous to self, others or property or in any way requires the attention of university staff. Intoxication will not be accepted as an excuse for irresponsible behavior. This applies to all persons regardless of age.

Possession and consumption of alcohol:

  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages or possession of an open container of alcohol is prohibited in public, (this includes the common areas of the apartments, the apartment courtyard and grounds adjacent to the apartments) except under licensed conditions.
  • Possession of alcoholic beverages within a 24 hour period by an apartment resident is limited to containers not to exceed 72 oz. of beer, or 200 ml of hard liquor, or 750 ml of wine or 72 oz. of wine cooler. Limits apply to full, partially full or empty alcoholic beverage containers.
  • Commercial delivery of alcoholic beverages to the campus is prohibited, except to licensed events or facilities.

The following alcohol container restrictions apply to all campus facilities including the Great Hill Student Apartments and may be confiscated by university officials

  • common sources
  • alcoholic beverage containers over four liters, including empty alcoholic beverage containers and taps
  • funnels or any other equipment used to consume large quantities of alcoholic beverages

Note:

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and the university Parent/Guardian Notification Policy, the university may release information to parents/guardians without the consent of the eligible student, when the student is under the age of 21 and has violated any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance. The Office of Student Conduct sends notification letters to parents of students under the age of 21 who have violated the Alcohol and/or the Drug Free Policies. The letter indicates that the student was found responsible for a violation and encourages the parents/guardians to discuss the matter with the student. The Office will not provide specific information to parents/guardians regarding the incident or the student’s conduct history without a release from the student.

The following is a list of minimum sanctions for violations of the alcohol policy. More severe sanctions may be imposed based on the severity of the violation. Sanctions are determined on a case by case basis.

IN THE PRESENCE OR IN POSSESSION OF EMPTY CONTAINERS OF ALCOHOL, INCLUDING DECORATIVE CONTAINERS:

 

Residents

Commuters

1st Offense

Disciplinary warning

Disciplinary warning

Subsequent violations for being in the presence, or possession, of empty containers of alcohol, including decorative containers will result in increased sanctions.

ALL OTHER ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS:

 

Residents

Commuters

1st Offense

Disciplinary probation

Educational assignment

 

Disciplinary probation

Educational assignment

Temporary suspension from the residence halls

2nd Offense

Temporary suspension from the residence halls

Permanent suspension from the residence halls

3rd Offense

University suspension

University suspension

Students found in violation of the alcohol policy through report of a sexual assault, or psychological or medical emergency will not automatically be subject to minimum sanctions. Such situations will be handled on a case by case basis.

Serving alcoholic beverages at university events: All recognized groups who want to sponsor an event with alcohol on campus must meet with and secure the approval of the director of university services at least 30 days prior to the event. Approval forms are available from, and are facilitated by, the Office of Conference and Event Services and/or University Services.

  • Alcohol may be served on campus or at university-sponsored events only under licensed conditions.
  • University funds or student organization funds may not be used to purchase alcoholic beverages for student functions.
  • Student groups who want to sponsor an event with alcohol on or off campus must adhere to the following guidelines.

Alcohol at events sponsored by student organizations: University-recognized student organizations may request permission to serve alcohol at student events through the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. This process begins with the organization’s assigned program advisor.

On-campus events: The Ballroom, Bridgewater Dining Room and One Park Avenue are permanently licensed. Student organizations seeking to hold an event with alcohol in another campus facility may request that a one-day license be obtained. A minimum of 30 days notice is required in order to process requests.

Off-campus events: Student organizations may only hold functions/events with alcohol at an off-campus venue with a permanent license for alcohol service.

The following guidelines apply to the service of alcohol at student events:

  • Student organization sponsored functions/events with alcohol may only be held in facilities licensed for alcohol service.
  • All individuals attending the event must be of legal drinking age. Student organizations may request an exception to this guideline if the alcohol server has acceptable procedures for separating individuals of age from those who are underage.
  • The license holder assumes all responsibility for serving alcohol, including checking proper age identification, and may not delegate this responsibility to the event sponsor.
  • Student organizations may not give alcohol away or include complimentary drinks in the ticket price of an event. Distribution of alcohol at the event must be on a cash sales basis to the individual who will consume the alcohol.
  • Alcohol may not be the primary focus of the event.
  • Student organizations may not use university funds to purchase alcohol for the event.
  • Only BSU students and their invited guests may attend the event. The student organization may only advertise the event to the BSU community.
  • Ample food and non-alcoholic beverages must be readily available during the entire event.
  • The organization's adviser or an alternative faculty/staff member must be present for the duration of the event.
  • A police detail or hired private security in conjunction with the host establishment must be present for the duration of the event.

updated 8/2015 by Lindsey Bruno, CESO

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