Office of Residence Life


New York State law states that individuals under the age of 21 may not possess or consume alcohol. In addition, Institute policy prohibits the consumption of alcohol in open containers in public or common residence areas without a permit from the Alcohol Review Committee in Student Health Services. These areas include, but are not limited to, stairwells, hallways, lounges, kitchens, etc.

Only those individuals of legal age may possess alcohol and then only in the privacy of their rooms. If there are six or more people present in a room or apartment and alcohol is to be consumed, an alcohol permit must be obtained and displayed. Further, in keeping with general Institute policy, bulk containers of alcoholic beverages of any sort (e.g., kegs, and beer balls) are not allowed in residence facilities. Displays of alcohol-related items or materials, including but not limited to beverage containers (empty or full), banners, or signs, visible to the public, are not allowed in any residence facility.

When a person under the age of 21 is observed to be in possession of alcohol, the Residence Life staff response will be to:

  • Confront that individual
  • Alert him/her to the law
  • Tell him/her to dispose of the alcohol immediately
  • Document the incident
  • Call Public Safety if the student is uncooperative or the incident is serious

Possession and/or consumption of alcohol by any person under the age of 21 is a violation of the Grounds for Disciplinary Action and can be referred to the Dean of Students Office for judicial action.

Students who need further information should contact a Residence Life professional staff member or the Student Health Service. A copy of the alcohol and other drugs policy may be obtained from the Student Health Service.

Last modified: Dec 1, 2011