Alcohol Possession and Use
All students are required to comply with applicable laws and University regulations regarding the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.
- Any person under 21 years of age is underage in the State of Indiana and may not lawfully possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Students may be subject to disciplinary action for underage consumption, possession or transportation of alcoholic beverages, possession of false identification which misrepresents their age or identity, or for providing alcoholic beverages to any person who is underage.
- Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages in open containers is prohibited in the corridors and common areas, such as lounges or lobbies, of University residence facilities.
- Within undergraduate residence halls, the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages that contain in excess of fourteen percent (14%) alcohol by volume is prohibited. This regulation applies to all students and their guests, regardless of age.
- Kegs are not permitted in any University residence hall, residence facility or anywhere else on University property.
- Students of legal age may possess or transport in public areas of campus or in common areas of University residence halls an amount of alcohol, in closed containers and in suitable packaging, consistent with the concept of responsible and moderate consumption.
- When otherwise permitted by University practice or policy (e.g., home football Saturdays) students of legal age may host and participate in tailgate gatherings at which alcohol is present. Hosts of tailgate gatherings will be held responsible for compliance with University regulations and Indiana law.
- Students of legal drinking age may possess and consume alcoholic beverages at approved University events and/or when served at a campus facility licensed to provide alcoholic beverages.
- Except as provided in f. and g. above, students may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages within athletic facilities, in any non-residence building on campus, on University grounds, campus quadrangles or parking lots.
Intoxication by any student, regardless of age, whether in public or in private, is prohibited. Symptoms of intoxication include slurred speech, impaired motor coordination and balance, loss of good judgment, or nausea. Severe intoxication may involve the inability to walk or stand, loss of consciousness, or vomiting. A student’s first incident of intoxication will be addressed by the student’s Rector if the violation occurs in his or her residence hall and the behavior does not fall within the definition of severe intoxication. In these instances, the Rector will, in addition to any other sanctions he/she deems appropriate, refer the student to the Office of Alcohol and Drug Education. At the discretion of the Rector, the student may also be referred to the Office of Residence Life.
Second and subsequent incidents of intoxication at any point in a student’s academic career, as well as any first-time violations that occur outside the student’s residence hall, will be referred to the Office of Residence Life.
All instances of severe intoxication will be referred to the Office of Residence Life.
The abusive drinking of alcoholic beverages is prohibited. The following behaviors are among those that may be considered violations of this regulation:
- Participating in drinking games, consuming shots of alcohol, drinking to the point of physical illness, “shotgunning” alcohol, or the possession or use of any instrument of alcohol abuse (e.g. “beer bongs”).
- Consumption of alcohol directly from containers intended for multiple servings (e.g., quart bottles, 40 oz. bottles, 750 ml wine bottles, etc.).
- Possession or consumption of alcoholic punch, gelatin shots or grain alcohol.
- Consumption of alcohol while using prescription or over-the-counter medication where such use is contraindicated.
- Print, electronic, and broadcast media funded in full or in part by the University, or by University solicited funds, or bearing the University’s name, may not contain advertisements promoting alcohol or events that have alcohol as their primary focus. Also, the advertising of alcoholic beverages is prohibited within University residence facilities.
- No graduate or undergraduate student, student organization or University housing facility may use University, student organization or University housing facility funds for the purchase of alcohol.