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Alcohol and Other Drug Policies

  1. Preamble
  2. Addendum 1: Regulations
  3. Addendum 2: Conduct/Disciplinary Action
  4. Addendum 3: Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Programs
  5. Addendum 4: Local and State Laws
  6. Addendum 5: Guidelines for Beverage Marketing on Campus


The Keene State College community believes that the overall health of its members is dependent on their ability to set standards for alcohol and other drug use, and to live by them in all their affairs. With respect to the use of alcohol and other drugs, it is the position of the Keene State College community that:

  1. The use of alcohol or other drugs has many clearly identified risks and consequences.
  2. Everyone should seek to understand when the use of alcohol or other drugs puts them and others at increased risk for health or impairment problems. Examples include but are not limited to:
    • When full cognitive function is needed - school work, class attendance, or employment responsibilities;
    • When there is a history of alcohol or other drug addiction in the family;
    • While engaged in athletics or other physical activities as well as when training for such endeavors;
    • While operating complex and/or dangerous equipment - laboratory equipment, motor vehicles, power tools, etc.;
    • While taking certain medications for a wide variety of illness or disorders;
    • While responsible for the supervision, safety, and well-being of others;
    • While pregnant;
    • While recovering from chemical dependency.
  3. Keene State College both supports and complies with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (P.L. 100-600) and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (P.L. 101-226).
  4. Although the legal use of alcohol and other drugs is a personal choice, the illegal use is a violation of the Keene State College Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
  5. Moreover, ignorance of local, state and federal laws or campus regulations does not provide protection from these laws or regulations if they are violated. (See Addendum 2 and Addendum 5)
  6. No one should be pressured to use alcohol or other drugs.
  7. Drunkenness is neither healthy nor socially acceptable and is considered irresponsible behavior. Drunkenness should not be laughed at or taken lightly. Moreover, it should be understood that repeated drunkenness may be a symptom of personal problems and/or serious illness.
  8. Alcohol or other drugs are not essential for the enjoyment of social events, family gatherings, or celebrations. Furthermore, drinking alcoholic beverages should not be an activity for its own sake. When alcoholic beverages are present at social occasions, including receptions, they should be adjunct to other activities, rather than the primary purpose of attending the function. Food and alternate beverages must be served.
  9. Person(s) or organizations arranging events where alcoholic beverages will be consumed are encouraged to plan, so that the consumption of alcohol remains within the spirit of the Declaration of Honorable Conduct for the Keene State College Community and this policy statement.

In an effort to educate the Keene State College community and to comply with the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, the following information is provided as addenda to the above policy statement:

  1. An overview of the College’s Alcohol and Other Drug Use Regulations.
  2. A summary of the possible Sanctions imposed for violations of the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy.
  3. A description of alcohol and other drug counseling, treatment, and rehabilitation programs available to members of the college community.
  4. A summary of local and state laws governing the unlawful possession or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol.
  5. Guidelines for Alcohol Beverage Marketing on Campus.

Addendum 1: Regulations

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:

  1. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is restricted to those persons age 21 and over.
  2. No person shall sell or give away any alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21 or to an intoxicated person.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.”
  5. The sale of alcohol at any faculty, staff, student or campus organization event must adhere to local, state, federal and campus regulations.
  6. 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.
  7. Alcohol and other drugs may not be brought to any Keene State College sponsored event.
  8. 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.
  9. Public intoxication is prohibited.
  10. The use of illegal drugs or the misuse of legal drugs is dangerous and unacceptable behavior in the College community and is prohibited.
  11. Consumption of alcohol which results in harmful behavior affecting other people or their property is prohibited.
  12. 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.
  13. The manufacture, use, or possession of any controlled substance, illegal drug, or paraphernalia (such as bongs, hookahs, sploofs/spoofs, bowls, etc.) is prohibited.
  14. The unauthorized distribution or possession for the purpose of distribution of any controlled substance or illegal drug is prohibited.
  15. 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:

  1. Alcoholic beverages can be consumed only in the resident’s room or those areas designated as “private” or reserved for alcohol functions.
  2. 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.
  3. Kegs of beer, beer balls, etc., are prohibited.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Underage residents are not permitted to possess or display alcohol containers.
  7. 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.

Addendum 2: Conduct/Disciplinary Action

Section A: Conduct Actions (Students)

A student and/or organization found responsible for violating the Alcohol and Other Drug Policy may receive one or more of a variety of sanctions tailored to meet the specific violation(s). Individual mitigating circumstances as well as aggravating factors, such as past misconduct by the offender(s) or failure to comply with previously imposed sanctions, are also taken into consideration. The following list is not to be regarded as all-inclusive but rather as a sampler of the types of sanctions which may be applied. For a complete description of the conduct process and an explanation of the following sanctions, please consult the Student Code of Conduct.

  1. Official Reprimand
  2. Restitution
  3. Disciplinary Restriction
  4. Referred Learning Program
  5. Completion of a Certified Alcohol and Other Drug Rehabilitation Program
  6. College Probation
  7. Disciplinary Suspension
  8. Disciplinary Dismissal
  9. Deactivation of a Student Organization
  10. Notification of Violation to Parents
Section B: College Disciplinary Action when there is also a Violation of Law

The College reserves the right to assert its jurisdiction in certain off-campus incidents when specific actions by members of the College community adversely affect the College community and/or its mission as determined by the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee. For further information see the Student Code of Conduct.

Addendum 3: Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Programs

Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling, Treatment, and Rehabilitation Programs Available to Students

Keene State College Counseling Center and the Center for Health and Wellness work closely together to address the issues of alcohol or other drug use. The Counseling Center specifically offers for resident and off campus students individualized assessments, brief individual therapy, group support, consultations and educational programs. Assessments and educational programs are also available through the Center for Health and Wellness.

Crisis interventions as well as referrals to other treatment centers are also available. Regional treatment and rehabilitation services include, but are not limited to, Phoenix House and the Brattleboro Retreat.

Keene State College Employee Assistance Program

The Keene State College Employee Assistance Program is a confidential service which offers assessment, short-term counseling, referral and follow-up services for faculty, staff and their family members who want assistance in dealing with problems or stress caused by life changes. The program is free for benefits eligible faculty and staff.

Addendum 4: Local and State Laws

Local and State Laws Governing the Unlawful Possession, Use, or Distribution of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Persons convicted of controlled drug possession under state or federal law are ineligible for federal student grants and loans for up to one year after the first conviction, five years after the second; the penalty for distributing drugs is loss of benefits for five years after the first conviction, 10 years after the second, and permanently after the third.

Under federal law, distribution of controlled drugs in or within 1,000 feet of a college or school to persons under age 21 is punishable by twice the normal penalty with a mandatory one year in prison; a third conviction is punishable by mandatory life imprisonment. Federal law sets greatly heightened prison sentences for the manufacture and distribution of controlled drugs if death or serious injury results from use of the substance.

City of Keene

The consumption of any alcoholic beverage as defined in RSA 175 is hereby prohibited upon any City-owned land or pubic way, or in any City park, cemetery or conservation land, except as follows:

  • In the designated family picnic areas Wheelock Park and the Camping Area at Wheelock Park by groups of 10 or fewer persons with a special permit.
  • In the designated family picnic areas in Wheelock Park and the Camping Area at Wheelock Park by groups of 11 or more by written permission from the Director of Parks and Recreation, which permission shall only be given to a responsible representative of such group, which representative will be held responsible for the cleanup of the area used by it and the general decorum of the group, its members, and guests.

State of New Hampshire Alcohol Policy

  1. Any person under the age of 21 years who has in his/her possession any liquor or alcoholic beverage shall be guilty of a violation.
  2. No person shall sell or give away any liquor or beverage to a person under the age of 21 years or to a person under the influence of liquor.
  3. A person who falsely represents his/her age for the purpose of procuring liquor or beverages and who procures such liquor or beverages shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
  4. Any person under the age of 21 years driving a vehicle and having liquor or beverage in any form in any part of the vehicle may have his/her license suspended or his/her right to drive denied for three months.
  5. No person shall drive or attempt to drive a vehicle while he/she is under the influence of intoxicating liquoror any controlled drug or while there is .08percent or more by weight of alcohol in his/her blood.
  6. Aggravated driving while intoxicated - roughly driving under the influence of intoxicating liquor or controlled drug at a speed of more than 30 miles per hour in excess of the speed limit or where there is 20/100 percent or more by weight of alcohol in the blood or while attempting to elude pursuit by a law enforcement officer is a misdemeanor.

Controlled Drugs

(Roughly, all stimulants, depressants, and hallucinogenics excluding alcohol, nicotine, caffeine, and laetrile.)

  1. Any person who drives a vehicle while knowingly having in his/her possession or in any part of the vehicle a controlled drug shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.
  2. It is unlawful for any person to possess or have under his/her control any quantity of a narcotic (Class A Felony) or controlled drug other than a narcotic (misdemeanor).
  3. It is unlawful for any person to manufacture, sell, dispense, any controlled drug (Class A Felony) or narcotic drug (misdemeanor).
  4. It is unlawful for any person to possess or have under his/her control any cannabis-type drug. A person in control or possession of one pound or more of a cannabis type drug is guilty of a Class B Felony.
  5. A person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor who controls any premises or vehicle where he/she knows a controlled drug is illegally kept or deposited.
  6. A person shall be guilty of a misdemeanor who possesses with the intent to deliver any drug paraphernalia (widely defined as anything used or intended for use in planting, growing, manufacturing, preparing, storing, or introducing a controlled substance into the human body).

The following are sanctions applicable by the State of New Hampshire:

Class A Felony: Maximum penalty = $2,000 fine and 7 to 15 years imprisonment

Class B Felony: Maximum penalty = $2,000 fine and 1 to 7 years imprisonment

Misdemeanor: Maximum penalty = $1,000 fine and not more than 1 year imprisonment

Violation: Does not constitute a crime and no imprisonment may be imposed. Maximum penalty = $500.

Addendum 5: Guidelines for Beverage Marketing on Campus

Guidelines for Alcohol Beverage Marketing on Campus
  1. Alcohol beverage marketing programs cannot contain any demeaning sexual or discriminatory portrayal of individuals.
  2. Promotion of alcohol cannot encourage any form of alcohol abuse nor can it place emphasis on quantity and frequency of use.
  3. Alcohol cannot be provided as an award for contests.
  4. Drinking contests are prohibited.
  5. Promotional activities should not be associated with otherwise existing campus events or programs without prior knowledge and consent of appropriate College officials.
  6. Display or availability of promotional materials should be determined in consultation with the Office for Student Affairs.
  7. Informational marketing programs should have educational value and subscribe to the philosophy of low-risk and legal use of the products represented.
  8. Alcohol marketers should support campus alcohol awareness programs that encourage informed and low-risk decisions about the use or non-use of alcohol.
  9. Alcohol cannot be portrayed as a solution to personal or academic problems of students or as necessary to social, sexual, financial or academic success.
  10. Alcohol consumption cannot be associated with the performance of tasks that require skilled reactions such as the operation of motor vehicles or machinery.
  11. Local off-campus promotional activities, primarily directed to students, should be developed with the previous knowledge of the Office for Student Affairs.
◔ Student Handbook – Page 5 of 16

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Ownership: Student Handbook, Dean of Students
Last Modified: Sep 8, 2017 –
Categories: Student Support
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