Drexel University’s policy regarding alcohol is consistent with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcoholic beverages must be in compliance with the Pennsylvania liquor and crime codes, which define the lawful consumption and service of alcohol and prescribe sanctions for violations. The consumption, distribution, or service of alcoholic beverages must also comply with University regulations and policies.
Violations of the University Alcohol Policy include, but are not limited to:
- Consumption, possession, purchase of alcohol by persons under the age of 21.
- Disruptive conduct, due in part or in whole to being under the influence of alcohol.
- Giving alcohol to underage persons or providing a space for the consumption of alcohol by underage persons. Directing, requiring, or encouraging underage persons to be in a space where alcohol is easily accessible may be considered a violation of this policy.
- Possession or use of bulk containers and/or objects that would promote binge drinking including, but not limited to: kegs, funnels, drinking games with alcohol, or any other tools that would promote binge drinking.
- Students under the age of 21 are not permitted to possess empty alcohol containers at any time for any reason, including decorative purposes.
- Simulated drinking games are prohibited regardless of whether or not alcohol is used.
- Hosts of social events involving alcohol must comply with the Social Host Policy found in Additional University Policies on page 42 of the Code.
Students and Student Organizations should familiarize themselves with the Responsible Dragon Amnesty Policy (RDAP) at the beginning of Section 5 of the Code and how amnesty of this policy can apply if conditions are met during a medical emergency. Student Conduct has the final determination on the application of RDAP to any policy violation. For Students and Student Organizations that reside in University residential facilities, additional Alcohol policies apply. These relevant policies can be found in the Residential Facilities Policies found in the following subsection.
Sanction Guidelines for Violating the Alcohol Policy
The University considers the sanctions listed below to be guidelines for violations of the Conduct Code. Each incident is reviewed on an individual basis and, depending on the specifics of the incident, more or less severe sanctions may be imposed.
- First Violation: $100 Fine ($1,000 for Student Organizations), Disciplinary Probation (for at least 2 terms) to Deferred Suspension (for at least 1 term) and Alcohol Education. For Student Organizations, status sanctions range from Disciplinary Probation (for at least 2 terms) to Deferred Social Suspension (for at least 2 terms) and Alcohol Education.
- Second Violation: $200 Fine ($1,500 for Student Organizations), Deferred Loss of Housing (for at least 3 terms), Deferred Suspension (for at least 3 terms), and a Counseling Referral or Wellness Consultation. For Student Organizations, status sanctions range from Deferred Social Suspension (for at least 3 terms) to Deferred Suspension (for at least 3 terms) and Educational Tasks.
- Third Violation: Suspension from the University (for a least 1 term) or Suspension of Recognition from the University for Student Organizations (1-5 years).
Except as specifically authorized, the consumption or distribution of alcohol by employees while on University property or on University business is prohibited, as is being under the influence of alcohol during work. This policy is intended to be consistent with applicable employment policies and the Drug-Free Workplace Policy. Such policies may contain additional rules concerning alcohol and drug use.
As part of its educational function, Drexel University wants students, staff, and faculty to be informed about the possible consequences of their actions and the risks they run under state and federal law regarding alcohol and drug abuse. The unlawful possession, use, or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol is punished by harsh sanctions under the laws of the United States and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.