Section A: Regulations
All State and Federal Laws (see Addendum 4) and campus regulations pertaining to alcohol and other drugs apply to all members of the Keene State College community, including students, faculty and staff as well as campus organizations. These laws and regulations include but are not limited to:
- The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is restricted to those persons age 21 and over.
- No person shall sell or give away any alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21 or to an intoxicated person.
- Any faculty, staff, student or campus organization wishing to conduct an event on campus where alcohol will be served must complete the appropriate Alcohol Function Agreement Form(s) through the Student Center.
- Faculty, staff, students and student organizations conducting parties off campus and serving alcohol are strongly advised to follow Responsible Party Management Guidelines, available from the Student Center. Sponsors of such events are also advised to review Section 4 of the Student Code of Conduct and Addendum 2, Section B of this Policy: “College Disciplinary Action when there is also a Violation of Law.”
- The sale of alcohol at any faculty, staff, student or campus organization event must adhere to local, state, federal and campus regulations.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed in public places including hallways, lounges, lobbies, common/recreational areas, dining areas, bathrooms, sidewalks, areas immediately adjacent to residence halls, classrooms, etc.
- Alcohol and other drugs may not be brought to any Keene State College sponsored event.
- When legally transporting alcohol the alcohol must be in its original, unopened container. A container is considered open when the factory applied seal is broken. Transporting open containers, regardless of a person’s age, is prohibited.
- Public intoxication is prohibited.
- The use of illegal drugs or the misuse of legal drugs is dangerous and unacceptable behavior in the College community and is prohibited.
- Consumption of alcohol which results in harmful behavior affecting other people or their property is prohibited.
- No person may be under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (except when following a doctor’s recommendations or when appropriately using over-the-counter drugs) while attending classes, at any official meetings, or while fulfilling employment responsibilities.
- Use or possession of any controlled substance or illegal drug, paraphernalia (such as bongs, hookahs, sploofs/spoofs, bowls, etc.), and the unauthorized distribution or possession for the purpose of distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug is prohibited.
- Possession of equipment or paraphernalia (such as funnels, beer bongs, beer pong tables, etc.) associated with, or participation in any form of a drinking game in a residential facility is considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.
Section B: Regulations Specific to Keene State College Residence Halls
Living in a residence hall is a community living experience where all members have certain rights and responsibilities. In addition to the above regulations, the following standards of behavior are designed to maximize the positive aspects of residence halls by stating behavioral expectations. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed in the privacy of a resident’s room provided all of the aforementioned regulations are adhered to, as well as the following:
- Alcoholic beverages can be consumed only in the resident’s room or those areas designated as “private” or reserved for alcohol functions.
- The maximum amount of alcohol permitted in a room at anytime is based upon the number of residents of legal age assigned to the room. Each resident of legal age is permitted to have in his/her room: Two six packs of 12-ounce containers of beer/hard lemonade/hard cider/malt beverages/etc., or an equivalent amount in other containers; OR, one 750ml bottle of liquor; OR, one half gallon of wine. In addition, each resident may not enter the residence halls with more than the maximum per capita amount indicated above.
- Kegs of beer, beer balls, etc., are prohibited.
- Visitors or guests are prohibited from bringing alcohol into any residential facility unless the following conditions are true: a) the guest/visitor is of legal drinking age, b) the host/hostess of the guest/visitor is a resident of the room, is present at the time and is of legal drinking age, and c) the total amount of alcohol in the room does not exceed the maximum per capita amounts listed above. Where no residents of the room are of legal age to consume alcoholic beverages, alcohol is not permitted to be brought into the room by any outside visitors or students.
- In a room in which at least one resident is of legal age, empty alcohol containers must be stored in a receptacle that is clearly labeled for recyclable materials. Furthermore, students are expected to maintain their rooms in a way that does not cause any hazards to the health and safety of any member of the residential community. As such, students must remove empty alcohol containers, as well as all other recyclable materials, to one of the designated recycling areas in the residential facility. This must be done on a regular basis. Excessive quantities of empty alcohol containers and/or other recyclable materials may not be stored in a student room or suite/apartment common area, and such situations will be documented and addressed through the College’s conduct system.
- Underage residents are not permitted to possess or display alcohol containers.
- Residents are responsible for the conduct of their guests including compliance with the Keene State College Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
Section C: Regulations Regarding Keene State College Employees and The Drug Free Workplace Act
University System of New Hampshire Trustees Policy Regarding Drug and Alcohol Issues for Personnel (2/1/92)
The use of illegal drugs or alcohol shall be strictly prohibited in the USNH workplace. The Chancellor shall establish appropriate procedures for implementing this policy, including exceptions for the appropriate use of alcohol at USNH social functions, to implement the purposes of this policy and ensure compliance with state and federal law. The Chancellor’s procedures shall include provisions for sanctions as well as appropriate education, outreach, and employee assistance programming.
University System of New Hampshire Procedures Concerning Controlled Substances in the Workplace (2/1/92)
Employees are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensing, possession, or use of any controlled substance in the workplace. Violation of this prohibition may result in a variety of personnel actions, including but not limited to a warning, reprimand, suspension, or discharge. In addition, said employees may be referred to counseling, rehabilitation, an employee assistance program, or other treatment option. As a condition of employment, all USNH employees must abide by the terms of this procedure and must report to the Personnel Office any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five days after such conviction.