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Policies Regarding the Possession and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on the Campus of East Carolina University
 
A. The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the university campus shall be restricted to residence halls, Mendenhall Student Center, and other sites specifically approved by the chancellor or his or her designee.
 
B. University policies concerning the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages do not contravene federal, state, or municipal law regarding their purchase, possession, or consumption.
  1. The North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control Laws make it unlawful for any person under twenty-one years of age to purchase, possess, or consume, or for anyone to aid or abet such a person in purchasing, possessing, and consuming any alcoholic beverage (General Statute 18B-302).

  2. Persons who are twenty-one years of age or older may purchase, transport, and consume alcoholic beverages.

  3. It is unlawful for anyone to aid or abet a person under twenty-one years of age in purchasing, possessing, or consuming alcoholic beverages (General Statute 12B-302).

  4. Under no circumstances may any type of alcoholic beverages be sold by any person, organization, or corporation on the campus of the university (General Statute 18B-1006(a)).

  5. It is unlawful for any person to drink alcoholic beverages or to offer a drink to another person or persons, whether accepted or not, on any public road or street, parking lot, sidewalk, or other publicly-owned or leased place within the city of Greenville (Greenville Ordinance No. 358 and 360, General Statute 18B-301 (f)).
C. It is expected that East Carolina University students who use or possess alcoholic beverages will do so legally as prescribed by the laws of the state of North Carolina, within the regulations of East Carolina University, and in a manner that does not disrupt the lives of others. A student whose conduct is outside these parameters will be subject to the judicial rules and procedures of the university.

The disciplinary action taken against a student for conduct involving alcohol that is in violation of these laws, rules, and procedures is usually progressive. For minor infractions, first offenses could result in probation, removal from university residence halls, and, as a final result, separation from the university. Whenever students use alcohol, legally or illegally, and their behavior seriously disrupts the lives of others, they are subject to suspension from the university. For this purpose, seriously disrupting the lives of others is defined as:
  1. Causing injury to self or others or compromising the personal safety of self or others

  2. Damaging or destroying property

  3. Seriously disturbing others by excessive noise, harassment, intimidation, or other negative behavior. In certain circumstances, involvement in an alcohol education and/or counseling program may be offered to a student in lieu of being referred to the Honor Board with a recommendation for suspension. Specifically, a student given this option will be required to participate in a program of assessment, education, and counseling; placed on university probation; and pay a fee of $115. A student may participate in this program only once in lieu of being suspended from the university.
D. General policies regarding the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the campus of East Carolina University.
  1. Only beer and unfortified wines shall be served. Consumption of beer and unfortified wines at university-approved functions is limited to persons twenty-one years of age or older with proof of age required. There shall be an adequate “check” system at all events where alcoholic beverages are served. Even though an organization has a check-in system at the door, it is still necessary to have a system that allows the server to identify those who may be served alcoholic beverages (i.e., wristbands, hand stamps).

  2. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold by any person, organization, or corporation on the university campus. All alcoholic beverages shall be purchased by the sponsoring organization. There shall be no “gimmicks” to collect any monies, before, during, or after the social event, and student activity fees shall not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages. Only alcoholic beverages served by the sponsoring organization will be permitted at any type of activity except dinners sponsored by registered university organizations. Individuals attending such dinners may bring unfortified wine (Mendenhall Student Center).

  3. Permission for such functions shall be obtained in advance, and any policies regarding the scheduling and use of public areas shall be adhered to.

  4. Alcoholic beverages will be permitted only at functions sponsored by registered student organizations, departmental, or school or college organizations, and admission to any university-sponsored event on campus where alcohol is served is limited to members of the university community and their bona fide guests.

  5. The sponsoring organization shall assume all responsibility for serving alcoholic beverages, behavior, and housekeeping. Servers may be paid and shall not serve to anyone who appears to be intoxicated.

  6. Persons who are noticeably intoxicated will not be admitted to the functions, or if they become intoxicated at the function, they will not be served and may be asked to leave.

  7. Alcoholic beverages will be served only in the area(s) reserved. Food and nonalcoholic drinks must be available in suitable quantities.

  8. Alcoholic beverages will not be dispensed for a reasonable (fifteen to twenty minutes) time prior to the end of the event.

  9. A member of the faculty or staff acting as adviser to the organization, or his or her representative, will be present at all events where alcoholic beverages are served. Advisers are not responsible for enforcing compliance with the law unless they voluntarily assume such responsibility. Damage, if any, must be reported to the appropriate authority for action.
E. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in the residence halls.
  1. Approved social functions.

    1. Alcoholic beverages (beer and unfortified wines) will be allowed only at scheduled functions sponsored by recognized campus organizations and only within the confines of that function with regard to time and place of consumption. These functions shall be held in designated areas in and around the residence halls as approved by the Director of Housing and Dining Services or authorized representative.

    2. All requests to serve alcoholic beverages at a social function shall be forwarded to the Director of Housing and Dining Services (or representative) ten days before the scheduled event.

    3. The sponsoring organization shall assume ALL responsibility for serving alcoholic beverages, behavior, and housekeeping. Failure to adhere to the above policy shall result in appropriate disciplinary action and/or a fine to pay for cleaning up the area. Examples of unacceptable behavior are intoxication; loud, vulgar, or obscene language; and disorderly conduct.

    4. All alcoholic beverages shall be purchased by the sponsoring organization. There shall be no “gimmicks” to collect any monies, before, during, or after the social event.

    5. Any sponsoring organization that allows behavior as described in letter c. is also subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate judicial council and/or the university administration.

    6. At all social functions where alcoholic beverages are served, supervisory personnel, as decided upon by the Director of Housing and Dining Services, shall be present.

    7. At all social functions where alcoholic beverages are served, nonalcoholic beverages and food must also be served.

    8. At all social functions where alcoholic beverages are served, only students of East Carolina University shall be admitted. There shall be an adequate “check” system at all events where alcoholic beverages are served. Even though an organization has a check-in system at the door, it is still necessary to have a system that allows the server to identify those who may be served alcoholic beverages.

    9. All social functions will be held subject to the following:

      1. Not more than one per month at night on Mondays through Thursdays

      2. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights during the month

  2. Residence Hall Rooms

    1. Students who are twenty-one years of age or older are allowed to drink in their own rooms or in the room of another of-age resident. Guests who are of legal age may only drink in the room of a resident who is twenty-one years old or older. Neither residents nor guests may drink in the room of two underage residents (or one underage resident if the room is a single room). Students and guests who are of legal drinking age and are drinking in a room where an underage guest or resident is also drinking or is in possession of alcohol are violating the alcohol policy.

    2. Common sources of alcohol (i.e., kegs, party balls, punch bowls, etc.) are prohibited in residence halls or surrounding areas.

    3. Residents should not have a party in their room where alcoholic beverages are served. A party is defined as being more than six people in a room, regardless of age.

    4. Residents should not have a party in their room where alcoholic beverages are served. A party is defined as being more than six people in a room, regardless of age.

    5. The resident(s) of the room are responsible for the behavior of the people in the room, including the guests.

    6. Staff members can document a person who appears intoxicated even if that person does not have an open container of alcohol in his or her possession.

    7. Manufacturing of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in the residence halls.

    8. Empty, full or keepsake bottles or cans of alcohol are prohibited in the rooms of underage students.
F. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in Mendenhall Student Center
  1. Only beer and unfortified wines may be served in Mendenhall Student Center.

  2. Alcoholic beverages will be allowed only at scheduled functions sponsored by registered campus organizations and only within the confines of that function with regard to time and place of consumption.

    1. Only alcoholic beverages served by the sponsoring organization will be permitted at any type of activity except dinners sponsored by registered university organizations. Individuals attending such dinners may bring unfortified wine.

    2. Sponsoring organizations are responsible to restrict the consumption of alcoholic beverages to persons twenty-one years of age or older.

    3. Permission for such functions must be obtained from the director of Mendenhall Student Center. Requests for permission must be made at least one week in advance and during the regular office hours of the director of Mendenhall Student Center.

    4. Reservations must be made with the University Central Reservations Office in Mendenhall Student Center (328-4731) at least one week in advance.

    5. Any time alcoholic beverages are served at a function, the sponsoring organization shall also provide nonalcoholic beverages and snacks or food.

  3. The consumption of beer and wine is restricted to the Great Room, Multipurpose Room, Coffeehouse, and Hendrix Theatre. Wine may be served in the art gallery on special occasions approved by the director. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed under any circumstances in any other areas of the Mendenhall Student Center. Alcoholic beverages may be used only as a complement to programs, never as the main feature (e.g., beer blasts are prohibited).

  4. Officers of the sponsoring organization shall be responsible for the enforcement of all university policies and regulations. Failure to comply with any of these policies and regulations may result in a suspension of reservation privileges.

    1. The faculty adviser of a student organization or a student center staff member approved by the student center director must be in attendance during any function where alcoholic beverages are served in the student center.

    2. It is implicit in these rules that the officers of the sponsoring organization ensure adequate safeguards for compliance with federal, state, and municipal ordinances and laws and all rules of the university.

    3. Drunkenness or disorderly conduct in any manner may subject the offender to disciplinary action and/or arrest by law enforcement personnel.