Student Handbook

Alcohol Policy

Since September 1973, Alma College has permitted the use of alcoholic beverages by student members of the college community under certain circumstances.

The privilege granted by the college to individuals and groups to consume alcoholic beverages on the campus should not interfere with the basic purposes, functions and environment of the college. These basic purposes would include the college’s effort to: (1) encourage the intellectual, ethical and social growth of its students by means of its curriculum and student life programs; (2) allow for substantial areas of personal freedom for students to know and practice standards of mature behavior, yet assure that such behavior does not infringe upon any student’s right to privacy, to study and to rest within their residence facilities; and (3) acknowledge the behavior of students as one of the factors which gives witness to the academic excellence of the college, its attractiveness as a place for teaching and learning and as an institution worthy of the financial support of donors and alumni.

The basic assumptions of this policy have remained in effect since its adoption in 1973 with only minor modifications to some of the procedures which govern the implementation of the policy.

Basic Assumptions

It is the intention of the college to retain these basic assumptions within its alcohol policy.

The use of alcoholic beverages on the campus should be in compliance with approved state, federal and local laws, including, but not limited to the following:

  1. A person less than 21 years of age shall not purchase alcoholic beverages, consume alcoholic beverages or possess alcoholic beverages. Possession is defined as any receptacle containing alcohol, including the body. A person less than 21 years of age may not possess empty alcoholic beverage receptacles.

    A person who furnishes fraudulent identification to a person less than 21 years of age, or a person less than 21 years of age who uses a fraudulent identification to purchase alcoholic beverages, will be subject to disciplinary action.

    The consumption of alcoholic beverages by a person under 21 years of age who is enrolled in a course offered by an accredited post-secondary educational institution in an academic building of the institution under the supervision of a faculty member shall not be prohibited if the purpose is solely educational and a necessary ingredient of the course.
  2. Alcoholic beverages shall not be sold or furnished to a person unless the person has attained 21 years of age. A person who knowingly sells or furnishes alcoholic beverages to a person who is less than 21 years of age will be subject to disciplinary action.
  3. No alcoholic beverages shall be consumed on the public highways (including city roads and sidewalks). No alcoholic beverages, except beer and/or wine, shall be consumed in public parks and places of amusement not licensed to sell for consumption on the premises.
  4. A person less than 21 years of age shall not knowingly transport or possess, in a motor vehicle, alcoholic beverages unless the person is employed by a licensee under the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission Act or an agent of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission and is transporting or having the alcoholic beverages in a motor vehicle under the person’s control during regular working hours and in the course of the person’s employment. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor.
  5. A person shall not transport or possess an alcoholic beverages in a container which is open, uncapped or upon which the seal is broken, within the passenger compartment of a vehicle on the highways of this state. If the vehicle does not have a trunk or compartment separate from the passenger compartment, a container which is open, uncapped or upon which the seal is broken shall be encased or enclosed.

The primary responsibility for knowing and abiding by the provisions of the college’s alcohol regulations rests with each individual student; however, the college has the authority to deal with infractions of such regulations by the procedures of due process as set forth in this Student Life Handbook.

Alma College Alcohol Policy

The Alma College Alcohol Policy as stated hereunder shall govern the use of alcoholic beverages on the Alma College campus: Alcoholic beverages may be possessed, or consumed by members of the Alma College community who are of legal status to possess or consume such beverages as defined by the laws of the State of Michigan. No alcoholic beverages are to be possessed or consumed at any time or place on the campus or its buildings unless specifically authorized by the provisions of this policy.

All of the provisions, practices and understandings outlined below shall be adhered to as a part of the Alma College Alcohol Policy.

  1. In college housing facilities, students eligible to possess or consume alcoholic beverages are to do so only within the privacy of the rooms of students who can legally possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
    Consumption of alcoholic beverages within the privacy of (a student’s) room is interpreted to mean only within the room and with the door to the room closed, and provided that there are no more than:
    • eight persons in a North Campus room
    • eight persons per room in a South Complex suite
    • twelve persons per apartment in Wright Hall
    Students under 21 years of age may be present in such situations but must not possess or consume any alcohol.
  2. Students found to be hosting one or more other students (non- roommates) or guests in consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages may be subject to the judicial charge of hosting.
  3. No common sources of alcohol or other concentrations of alcohol which require a common container are allowed on the campus or any of its facilities, e.g., trash cans.
    Note: Persons found responsible for common sources of alcohol will be fined $200 each and organizations will be fined $500.
  4. Containers requiring the use of a tap system are not allowed on the campus or in any of its facilities. Any use of such a container must be in consultation with, and approval of, a designated officer of the Student Life Office. Events sponsored by fraternities, sororities or other similar organizations must be in compliance with all policies of that organization’s national or parent organization. NOTE: Persons found to be responsible for unauthorized containers requiring a tap system will be fined $200 each and organizations will be fined $500, and be subject to other sanctions as appropriate by a designated officer of the Student Life Office.
  5. Occupants of small housing units, including Greek houses, may, in consultation with their total active membership, where applicable, decide by a majority vote of all house residents, whether alcohol shall be consumed in a common social area or areas of the small housing unit.
  6. Designated common areas in living units where alcohol consumption may be permitted must be arranged with the student life staff each new school term, and it is assumed that the officials of that living unit will be responsible for seeing that the alcohol policy of Alma College is upheld within those designated areas.
  7. Alcohol is not to be consumed on porches, roofs, decks or other exterior structures of living units, nor on their lawns or grounds.
  8. The use of alcohol as an inducement to participate in an event on campus is prohibited. Any advertisement or invitation for an event where alcoholic beverages are served shall prominently note the availability of non-alcoholic beverages also. Any such advertisement or invitation shall not make reference to the amount of alcoholic beverages available at the event.
  9. Alcoholic beverages shall not be used in any membership recruitment, new member or initiation functions, on or off campus, where the majority of those being recruited or initiated are under 21 years of age.
  10. No member of the Alma College community, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and guests of the college, may possess or consume alcohol in any athletic facility or at any athletic event.
  11. Students (and/or their guests) found to be participating in drinking games (i.e. beer pong, flip cup, etc.) may be subject to disciplinary action. The sale of alcohol in any form or shape is not permitted on the Alma College campus.

The following provisions are provided within the alcohol policy for events where alcohol is served but not sold.

Behavioral Expectations and Sanctions

  1. Behavior resulting in violations of college standards as a result of improper use of alcohol will not be excused.
  2. 2. Failure on the part of a guest to abide by the college’s regulations may also result in an official request to have the guest leave the campus.

Last updated 10/1/2013