Alcohol Policy

Section B. Conduct Associated with Personal Responsibility and Integrity (Student Code of Conduct)

The following guidelines for the responsible consumption of alcohol apply to students at Marist College:
a.  Students under 21 years of age may not be in the presence of, possess or use alcoholic beverages on the College campus except as expressly permitted by law and College policy. The only exception is the underage student who resides with students of legal drinking age who may be in the presence of alcohol in the assigned residence; provided these underage roommates do not distribute, sell, possess or consume alcohol.
b.  The possession or use of alcohol by anyone who lives in designated freshmen and sophomore residence areas (Champagnat, Foy Townhouses, Gartland, Leo, Marian, Midrise, Residence Inn, Sheahan, and designated sophomore areas in Upper and Lower New) is strictly prohibited even if those resident students are over 21. The only exception is the student who serves as Resident Assistant or Assistant Resident Director if that student is 21 years of age or over. With these exceptions, the use of alcohol is restricted to the privacy of the staff member’s room.
c.  Alcohol shall not be consumed in public areas of the residence facilities.
d.  Consumption of alcohol and/or possession of an open container are not permitted on the grounds of the campus without prior approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs (e.g. campus green or waterfront areas).
e.  Any violation in which consumption of alcohol was a contributing factor is also a violation of the alcohol policy regardless of the age of the students involved.
f.   Alcohol may be consumed by students or guests over 21 years of age only in student apartments/townhouses if the residents responsible for the apartments/ townhouses are at least 21 years of age and live in residence areas where alcohol is permitted (Upper and Lower New Townhouses, Upper and Lower West Cedar, Talmadge Court, and Fulton Street Townhouses). Consumption includes the possession of an open container.
g.  If a student resides in a residence unit (apartment or townhouse) where the majority of students are over 21, only those students over 21 may purchase, possess or consume alcohol. If all members of the residence are over 21 years of age, the group may sponsor an event where alcohol is consumed. Specific guidelines for sponsoring such an event are available from the student’s Resident Director or from the Office of Housing & Residential Life.
h.  Residents are responsible for the actions of their guests regarding alcohol possession and use.
i.   Public intoxication is strictly prohibited.
Marist College, as part of its educational mission, seeks to assist students in developing appropriate attitudes and behavior regarding the use of alcohol. To this end the College offers educational programs regarding the negative health and social effects of alcohol consumption.  For those individuals who have developed or begin to develop identifiable problems as a result of their alcohol use, a variety of services are available through the College’s Health & Wellness Center located on the third floor of the Student Center (ext. 3314).

Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policy:
Student health and safety are of primary concern at Marist College. As such, in cases of intoxication and/or alcohol or other substances, the College encourages individuals to seek medical assistance for themselves or others. If an individual/ or others seek medical attention due to his/her level of intoxication, the Office of Student Conduct under most cases will not pursue conduct charges against the student for violations of Alcohol/Drug Policy . In lieu of student sanctions, the intoxicated student (and possibly the referring student) will be required to meet with the Director of Student Conduct who may issue education requirements such as alcohol education class, and/or referral to the Health and Wellness Center.  Those students who assist in obtaining medical attention for individuals who are intoxicated may not receive student conduct sanctions for violations of the Alcohol Policy of the Code of Conduct.

Actively assisting requires that an individual:
Call security or 911 or seek another individual qualified to assess the student’s condition such as a Resident Advisor (RA) or other Residence Life professional.

The following are not covered by the Medical Amnesty Policy:
Medical Amnesty will not be granted to students who do not seek medical assistance. Students who are confronted by college staff or (i.e.e.g., Residence Life staff, Security) other authority will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct for alleged policy violations. The College is concerned with the use and abuse of alcohol/drugs and other substances. A person is as responsible for his/her behavior and the consumption/ use in conjunction with the violation of any College policy can result in a more severe disciplinary sanction. Any student found intoxicated may be transported to St. Francis Hospital or other local medical facilities for medical evaluation.

Application to Student Organizations:
In circumstances where an organiza- tion is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization (depending upon the circumstances) may be held responsible for violations of the Alcohol Policy or Drug Policy. However, the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance for a member or guest will be viewed as a mitigating factor in determining a sanction for any violations of the Alcohol or Drug Policy. 

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