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Alcohol, Drugs and Prohibited Substances


Alcohol, Drugs and Prohibited Substances

I.    Introduction

Thomas Jefferson University (the “University”) expects all students to adhere to all federal, state or local laws regarding the unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol, drugs, and illegal substances. The University is required by law to inform students of the sanctions which may be imposed on them for violations of those laws.  In addition, the University is required to inform students of the standards of conduct, University penalties, health risks, and counseling options as they pertain to substance abuse. All members of the University community are hereby notified of the primary components of the Substance Abuse Prevention Policy in compliance with the Drug-Free Schools and Community Act of 1989 and subsequent amendments.

 

 II.   Local, State and Federal Laws

 (1)   Alcohol

Under the statutes of the Commonwealth Pennsylvania, a person who is less than 21 years of age commits a summary offense if he/she attempts to purchase, consume, possess or transport alcohol.  If convicted of this offense, the minor's driver's license will be suspended for 90 days.  There is a $300 fine for a first offense and second offense will yield a fine up to $500.  The police must notify the parents of any individual under the age of 18 charged with violating this law.

 Any person who intentionally provides alcohol to a minor will be convicted of a misdemeanor of the third degree.  There will be a $1,000 fine for the first offense and a $2,500 fine for subsequent offenses.  Maximum penalties are $2,500 in fines and one-year imprisonment.

 

(2)   False ID Cards

Minors carrying or using false ID cards face a 90-day driver's license suspension and are subject to fines up to $500.  For subsequent offenses, a driver's license can be suspended for one year for the second offense and two years for additional offenses.  Imprisonment is possible for up to 90 days for the first offense and one year in prison is possible for subsequent offenses.

 Manufacturing and/or selling a false ID card has been made a criminal offense, punishable by minimum fines of $1,000 for a first offense and $2,500 for subsequent offenses.  Maximum penalties are $5,000 in fines and two years in prison.

(3)   Drugs

There are both federal and state laws that proscribe the possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs, including the misuse and/or unauthorized possession and/or distribution of prescribed medications.  The sanctions for violating these laws consist in many cases of mandatory imprisonment coupled with substantial fines.  The penalties for any given offense vary widely depending on the nature of the offense and the type/quantity of drug involved.

 For instance, under federal law, simple possession of a controlled substance carries with it a penalty of imprisonment of no more than one year, plus a fine of an amount between $1,000 and $5,000.  If the controlled substance contains a cocaine base and the amount exceeds five grams, the offender will be imprisoned for not less than five years and not more than twenty years, or fined, or both.

 Also under federal law, anyone who is at least 18 years old and who distributes drugs to anyone under age 21 will be imprisoned and/or fined up to twice what is otherwise provided by law, with a minimum prison sentence of one year.

 Pennsylvania has statutes prohibiting the use, possession and distribution of drugs that are similarly strict.  In addition to imposing fines and/or prison terms for violations of its drug laws, Pennsylvania recently enacted a forfeiture statute. Under this statute, when the state arrests someone for violating its laws concerning the use, possession or distribution of drugs, the state will seize and that person will forfeit all of his/her property that was used to accomplish the violation of Pennsylvania's anti-drug laws, including any automobile used in connection with violating Pennsylvania anti-drug laws.

 Philadelphia Ordinance 10-2100 (Marijuana Possession, Title 10 - REGULATION OF INDIVIDUAL CONDUCT AND ACTIVITY) identifies the penalties for possession and use of small amounts of marijuana. Small amount of marijuana means thirty grams or less of marijuana. The penalty for possession of a small amount of marijuana by an adult or minor under the age of 18 shall be a civil fine of $25.00 for each violation. The penalty for smoking a small amount of marijuana by an adult or minor under the age of 18 shall be a civil fine of $100.00 for each violation. The court may in its discretion suspend the fine imposed if the person found liable agrees to and does in fact perform such community service as the court deems appropriate, up to nine hours.

 

III. Health Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Alcohol and other drugs can dramatically affect the body and the mind.  Alcohol enters the bloodstream almost immediately, circulating to the brain and all organs. It depresses the central nervous system, slowing the thought process, reflexes and other motor skills.  Mentally, alcohol's effects may vary.  A person may find him or herself to be confused, moody, angry, emotional, and/or disoriented.  Larger doses can result in unconsciousness, coma, and/or death. Dangers associated with the use of alcohol include, and are not limited to, addiction, damage to vital organs, personal and automobile accidents, social problems (family, school, and job problems), birth defects, and other serious physical problems.

 Marijuana negatively impacts physical coordination, sensory perception and impairs judgment, reasoning skills and memory.  Marijuana use has also been linked to chronic anxiety disorders and schizophrenia, among other mental health problems.

 Users of ecstasy typically experience severe depression and fatigue as the drug wears off.  Ecstasy has also been linked to internal hemorrhaging (bleeding), permanent brain damage and failure of body organs including the kidneys, heart and liver.

Inhalants produce an effect that may be similar to alcohol intoxication. Initial symptoms described by abusers who were "huffing" include drowsiness, lightheadedness, and loss of inhibition. Long-term inhalant abusers can suffer damaging health consequences including depression and mood changes, weight loss, inattentiveness, lack of coordination, irritability, and/or weakness. More serious consequences can include permanent damage to the brain and other organs or even death. Sudden cardiac death from fatal cardiac arrhythmias has been reported even in teen inhalant abusers. Death from huffing can occur upon the first time of use or after prolonged inhalant abuse. Other causes of death related to huffing include asphyxiation, aspiration, or suffocation.

 Other drugs, such as cocaine, LSD (acid), and heroin, impact the mind and body in different ways, but each has dangerous (and often deadly) effects on the people who use them. Cocaine, for instance, raises blood pressure, heart rate and body temperature; narrows arteries and restricts blood flow to the heart; causes tremors, convulsions, nausea and vomiting; and can lead to failure of the respiratory system. Hallucinogenic drugs such as LSD, beyond the physical health risks, may cause severe psychological distress including panic and psychotic episodes that can last for weeks or months and return as flashbacks years later.

 According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the three classes of prescription drugs that are often abused include opioids, central nervous system (CNS) depressants and stimulants.

Opioids are prescribed to treat pain. Opioids may lead to drug abuse with physical dependence and/or addiction. Opioids can also be life threatening in an overdose. When they are taken with substances that depress the central nervous system -- including alcohol, barbiturates, or benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), clonazepam (Klonopin), or diazepam (Valium) -- there is a greatly increased risk of respiratory depression, even death.

CNS depressants, such as benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Klonopin), are prescribed to treat anxiety and sleep disorders. Using CNS depressants with alcohol can slow down your heart and breathing and lead to death. After taking CNS depressants for a long period of time, stopping suddenly can have life-threatening consequences such as withdrawal seizures.

Stimulants, such as amphetamine and dextroamphetamine (Adderall) or methylphenidate (Concerta, Daytrana, Methylin, Ritalin), are prescribed to treat attention deficit disorder and narcolepsy (a sleep disorder). Taken appropriately and under a doctor's supervision, these drugs and other stimulants are safe. When they are used by people that they were not prescribed for or taken in higher doses to get a high -- they have the potential for addiction and ongoing abuse. Using stimulants with decongestants may cause irregular heart rhythms and high doses of stimulants can cause high body temperatures.

 

IV.   Alcohol Policy

 As an institution of higher education, the University wishes to promote the educational purposes of the University in all activities and to establish in our students a professional level of behavior and personal deportment that is consistent with those educational objectives.  In light of problems of alcohol abuse in our society, especially among college students, the University seeks to encourage a social life that does not emphasize the role of alcoholic beverages in either private or group activities and yet allows students of legal age some opportunity to develop good habits for moderate and appropriate drinking.

The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the campus of the University and at University-related events is regulated by the statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and is therefore prohibited to those under the age of 21.   When evidence exists that an underage student has consumed, possessed, distributed and/or otherwise been in the presence of alcohol, that student will be referred to the University Judicial System.

Violations of the alcohol policy will remain active and accumulate for the duration of a student's matriculation at the University.  Any student who has three semesters with no violations of the alcohol policy may submit a written request to the Dean of Students Office to have his/her previous violations removed from his/her record.

Any University official (including members of Safety & Security, Residence Life and the Student Life staff) who has a reasonable suspicion that the alcohol policy is being violated may contact designated staff at the University, including a staff member of the Office of Residence Life or the Department of Safety and Security, to determine an appropriate course of action.  University officials are authorized to intervene in any situation that warrants action including, but not limited to, removal of attendees; closing of the event; dumping or confiscation of alcohol; and notification of University personnel.

 

(1)   Alcohol Policy Violations

The following actions are considered violation of the University’s Alcohol, Drug and Other Prohibited Substances Policy:

(a)  Consumption, distribution, manufacture, transportation, or possession of alcoholic beverages by any person less than 21 years of age, either on or off-campus;

(b)   Presence of alcoholic beverages in any campus residential space where any of the occupants are less than 21 years of age;

(c)  Providing alcoholic beverages to any person less than 21 years of age;

(d)  Being less than 21 years of age and in the presence of alcohol;

(e)  Public Intoxication as indicated by appearance or behavior, such as slurred speech, unstable walk, unconsciousness, destruction of property, use of abusive language, smell of alcohol on breath or on person, vomiting or disturbance to others;

(f)  Distribution, sale, or trade of alcoholic beverages on the campus property or to members of the University community;

(g)   Possession of kegs or similar bulk containers, or any apparatus associated with drinking games;

(h)   Possession by any person less than 21 years of age of paraphernalia associated with consumption of alcoholic beverages including, but not limited to, beer bongs and empty alcoholic beverage bottles;

(i)   Consumption, distribution, or possession of alcoholic beverages in public areas of the campus or University facilities not designated as a permitted area or in said areas without University approval; and

(j)   Use of alcohol to the extent that the safety to self or others on the campus is jeopardized.

 

(2)   Host Responsibilities

The residents in whose room/apartment/townhouse alcohol is being consumed are responsible for the behavior of their guests and will be held accountable for any policy violations. It is the responsibility of the residents to verify the age of any person consuming an alcoholic beverage in his/her room/apartment/townhouse and ensuring that minors do not consume and are not allowed in the presence of alcohol; guests over 21 years old do not leave the room/apartment/townhouse with open containers of alcohol; and that guests do not become intoxicated and/or disorderly.  Students found responsible for violating hosting standards will be subject to sanctions above and beyond those outlined below.

 

(3)   In-the-Presence-of Alcohol Violations

Students under the age of 21 are never permitted to be in the presence of alcohol unless at properly supervised, University-sponsored events.  An underage student found by University staff to be in the presence of alcohol will be subject to a hearing in which a judicial officer will determine if the student committed any of the violations described above.  Students found to be in the presence of alcohol, but not drinking, will be considered responsible for condoning the violation of community standards and will be sanctioned with an educational sanction, probation and/or a written warning, among other repercussions.   Underage students finding themselves in the presence of alcohol should immediately vacate the situation and notify a staff member of the Office of Residence Life or the Department of Safety and Security.

 

(4)   Sanctions for Alcohol Violations

While the University Judicial System does impose punitive sanctions for violations of the drug and alcohol policies, it also requires students to complete developmental sanctions designed to educate students and foster personal growth.  These sanctions are applicable to both residential and commuter students.

 Upon a determination of responsibility, a University judicial body will determine the appropriate sanctions (see University Judicial System in this handbook).  Sanctions for violations of the alcohol policy include and are not limited to:

(a)  Educational sanctions, such as educational courses;

(b)  Fines, ranging from a minimum of $50.00 to a maximum of $300.00;

(c)  In-house Substance Abuse Assessment;

(d)  Professional Substance Abuse Counseling;

(e)  Disciplinary Warning;

(f)  Disciplinary probation;

(g)  Possible suspension of housing;

(h) Removal and/or ban from residence halls;

(i)  Treatment as persona non grata on campus; and

(j)  Suspension or expulsion.

 Any student found to be in violation of the alcohol policy during a probationary period will have subsequent sanctions increased significantly.  Any student who is of legal drinking age and who is documented for providing underage students with alcohol is subject to doubling of the fine for his/her violation level. 

A judicial body may apply the above sanctions at their discretion depending upon the quantity and type of alcohol involved in a case or by the number of people impacted by the violation, among other factors.

 All fines collected are credited to a Student Life account dedicated to alcohol-education efforts, non-alcoholic events, and community-building programs on campus.

 

(5)   Parental Notification

In addition, the University reserves the right to notify parents, if deemed necessary.   In those circumstances, the student will always be notified that the notification to his/her parent(s) is taking place.

 

V.    Drug Policy

 The possession, distribution, and/or use of illegal drugs on the campus of the University are regulated by the laws and statutes of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the United States and is therefore prohibited.  If after undergoing testing, the substance is found to be an illegal drug, the student will be charged for the cost of the testing in addition to the other sanctions that may be imposed through the University Judicial System.

 When University officials confiscate illegal drugs, such items will be surrendered to the Philadelphia Police Department as required by law.  Charges for violation of the law will be made at the discretion of the Philadelphia Police Department.

 In the case of alleged supplying of or selling of illegal drugs, students may be referred to the Student Conduct Committee for judicial action.  Sanctions could include suspension or permanent expulsion from the University.

 The University reserves the right to test a student for the presence of drugs in his/her system if necessary, and may prevent a student's return to University housing (or withhold other privileges) until such tests show an absence of illegal drugs.

 

(1)   Drug Policy Violations

The following actions are considered violation of the University’s Alcohol, Drug and Other Prohibited Substances Policy:

(a)  Except as permitted by law, consumption, use, distribution, manufacture, transportation, or possession of illegal drugs or any controlled substance on campus (including, but not limited to, marijuana, inhalants, and abuse of over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs), is a violation of the University’s Alcohol, Drug and Other Prohibited Substances Policy;

(b)   Being under the influence of illegal drugs or any controlled substance (including marijuana, inhalants, and abuse of over-the-counter drugs and prescription drugs) as indicated by appearance or behavior, such as: slurred speech, unstable walk, unconsciousness, destruction of property, use of abusive language, smell, vomiting or disturbance to others;

(c)  Sale, distribution, or trade of illegal or prescription drugs; and

(d)  Possession of drug or drug-related paraphernalia.

(2)   Host Responsibilities

The resident(s) in whose room/apartment/townhouse illegal drugs are being consumed is (are) responsible for the behavior of guests and will be held accountable for policy violations.  It is the responsibility of the host to ensure that guests do not consume illegal drugs. Students found responsible for violating hosting standards will be subject to sanctions above and beyond those outlined below.

 

(3)   In-the-Presence-of Illegal Drugs Violations

A student found by University staff to be in the presence of illegal drugs will be subject to a hearing in which a judicial officer will determine if the student committed any of the violations described above.  Students found to be in the presence of illegal drugs but not using drugs will be considered responsible for condoning the violation of community standards and will be sanctioned with an educational sanction, probation and/or a written warning, among other repercussions.

 The presence of marijuana within a room/apartment/townhouse may be determined by odor or odor-masking devices, paraphernalia and/or materials later determined through testing to be marijuana.   Students finding themselves in the presence of drugs and/or drug-related paraphernalia should immediately vacate the situation and notify a staff member of the Office of Residence Life or the Department of Safety and Security.

 

(4)   Sanctions for Drug Policy Violations

While the University Judicial System does impose punitive sanctions for violations of the drug and alcohol policies, it also requires students to complete developmental sanctions designed to educate students and foster personal growth.  These sanctions are applicable to both residential and commuter students.

 Upon a determination of responsibility, a University judicial body will determine the appropriate sanctions (see Student Judicial System in this handbook).   Sanctions for violations of the drug policy include and are not limited to:

(a)  Educational sanctions, such as educational courses;

(b)  Fines, ranging from a minimum of $50.00 to a maximum of $300.00;

(c)  In-house Substance Abuse Assessment;

(d)  Professional Substance Abuse Counseling;

(e)  Disciplinary warning;

(f)  Disciplinary probation;

(g)  Possible suspension of housing;

(h)  Removal and/or ban from residence halls;

(i)  Treatment as a persona non grata on campus; and

 

(i)   Suspension or expulsion

Any student found to be in violation of the drug policy during a probationary period will have subsequent sanctions increased significantly. Any student documented for providing students with drugs is subject to doubling of the fine for his/her violation level.

A judicial body may apply the above sanctions at their discretion depending upon the quantity and type of drugs involved in a case or by the number of people impacted by the violation, among other factors.

All fines collected are credited to a Student Life account dedicated to substance abuse-education efforts, non-alcoholic events, and community-building programs on campus.

 

(5)   Parental Notification

In addition, the University reserves the right to notify parents, if deemed necessary.   In those circumstances, the student will always be notified that the notification to his/her parent(s) is taking place.

 

VI. Counseling, Treatment, and Prevention

(1)   Students

Counseling Services at the University is available to provide counseling and other programming designed to assist students in their personal development. The mission of the Counseling Services is to support the goals of the University through assisting students with personal challenges that interfere with their academic progress and to promote and foster their growth both personally and interpersonally. Counseling Services provide confidential professional care in an atmosphere of understanding and encouragement to meet the unique needs of our students.

Counselors are trained to address substance abuse and the impact that such abuse  may have on a student, his/her friends, and/or family. Students can schedule an appointment or stop by during Drop-In Hour (weekdays~4-5pm) to have a confidential conversation with a counselor to discuss their concerns. Counselors also meets with students who are sanctioned through the judicial process because of a violation of the University's Alcohol and other Drug Policy. These meetings are known as Alcohol and other Drug (AOD) assessments. During these meetings the Counselor and the student work together to assess the student's use of alcohol and other drugs and their decision-making process.

The University also utilizes two online prevention and interventions tools for Alcohol & Drugs. The eCHECKUP TO GO programs are personalized, evidence-based, online programs developed by counselors and psychologists at San Diego State University. Drawing on Motivational Interviewing (Miller & Rollnick, 2002) and Social Norms Theory (Perkins & Berkowitz, 1986), the eCHECKUP TO GO programs are designed to motivate individuals to reduce their consumption using personalized information about their own drinking and risk factors. The basic alcohol and marijuana interventions take 20-30 minutes to complete. The programs are self-guided and require no face-to-face contact time with a counselor or administrator. These programs are available to all students on the Counseling Services webpage: http://www.philau.edu/counseling/substanceabuse.html.

Students may be required to attend professional substance abuse counseling outside of the University if the University deems it necessary. Counseling Services has a list of Psychiatrists and Substance Abuse Counselors in the Philadelphia area. If a student is suspended from or leaves the University due to substance abuse issues, he/she may be required to complete a substance abuse counseling program in order to return to the University in good standing.

 

(2)   Employees

The University in connection with our group insurance provides employees with the Employee Assistant Program (EAP) to offer support, guidance, and resources to help employees and their families find the right balance between work and home life. Specifically, EAP can help support employees dealing with alcohol and drug abuse. Experienced master’s-degreed clinicians will confidentially consult with employees over the phone and direct them to the solutions and resources they need. EAP will also provide referrals to support groups, community resources, a network counselor, or your health plan. These resources are provided to covered employees, their dependents, including children who are age 26 or younger, and all household members.  Employees can learn more about EAP by visiting the Human Resources webpage: https://www.philau.edu/humanresources/facstaff/employeeforms.html. 

 

 

VII.   Alcoholic Beverage Policy for Events Involving Student Clubs and Organizations

The University limits the use of campus facilities for events where alcoholic beverages may be consumed.  The University permits the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by students who are 21 years old or older in the privacy of their residence hall rooms/apartments/townhouses.  However, drinking is not permitted in any other area of campus unless at an event specifically approved for the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Any University department or office wishing to sponsor an event on campus involving students where alcohol will be considered is responsible for the control of the event. The Dean of Students Office can be contacted directly with any questions regarding the planning of the event. The Dean of Students Office canprovide guidance and recommendations for these events which are:

  • All alcohol served on campus be purchased through catering.
  • All bartenders should be provided through catering.
    • Everyone at the event must show proof of age to consume alcohol and be wrist-banded so that they are easily identified.
    • Alcohol should be limited to a reasonable number per person, and that each person be allowed only one drink at a time.
  • Alcohol should never leave the venue and/or the building.
    • Open bars, unmonitored kegs, freely accessed bottles of alcohol, wine, or beer are strongly discouraged.

Any student group or organization wishing to hold an event on campus where alcoholic beverages are consumed must adhere to the rules set forth below.

 

(1)   Event Registration

Events at which alcohol is to be served must be sponsored by a University student organization in good standing.  Student organizations sponsoring events with alcohol must submit a completed "Agreement for Use of Alcohol" form to the Director of Student Engagement.  This form can be obtained from the Office of Student Engagement.

After approval has been granted for events sponsored by student organizations, any change in plans (e.g., site, attendance type and/or number, entertainment) must be approved in writing by the Director of Student Engagement before it may be enacted.  Any organization that does not follow these basic guidelines may lose the privilege to sponsor any future events.

 

(2)   Event Planning

As the University does not own a liquor license, it would be a violation of Pennsylvania law to charge admission at an event where alcohol is served.  It is also a violation of law to have patrons purchase individual containers of alcohol at the event. 

 (a)  Alcohol will be limited to regular and light beer, wine and wine coolers.  The Assistant Dean of Students / Director of the Campus and Student Activities must approve a list of alcohol to be donated prior to final approval.  Spirits and malt liquors will not be approved;

(b)   The University subscribes to the 0-1-3 model regarding alcohol:

ZERO = zero alcohol.  This applies to students who are under 21, driving, chemically dependent or pregnant.  Zero is always an option and should be promoted as a healthy, socially acceptable norm.

ONE = one drink per hour, which sets the pace for moderate drinking. 

THREE = no more than three drinks per day, and never daily. 

 

In support of this model, alcohol consumption at the event will be limited to three 12 oz.  beers, 5 oz.  glasses of wine, or 12 oz.  wine coolers per person for a four-hour event (during the last hour of the event, no alcohol may be served).  Therefore, the total number of bottles or cans that may be checked in is three times the number of anticipated 21 year-old patrons.  Only bottles or cans may be used; kegs, beer balls, or any bulk containers are not permitted. 

 

(3)   Security

To assist with compliance with policy, the sponsoring organization must arrange for two types of security at the event.  The sponsoring organization must comply with the following requirements:

(a)  The sponsoring organization must arrange for University security officers to be present or hire security personnel.  The Director of Safety & Security or designee will determine the number of officers required.  Arrangements for hiring security are made with the Director of Safety & Security or designee at the time the event is approved;

(b)   Included with the Agreement for Use of Alcohol form, the sponsoring organization must supply the name(s) of the student(s) who will serve as Event Control Attendants (ECA).  For every 50 anticipated guests (including event staff), one Event Control Attendant must be retained. In other words:

 (i)   1-50 guests: 1 ECA

(ii)  51-100 guests: 2 ECAs

(iii) 101-150 guests: 3 ECAs

(iv)  151-200 guests: 4 ECAs (etc.)

 (c)  The required number of ECAs must be on duty for the duration of the event plus, one half-hour before and after its official start and ending.  If additional ECAs are added, duties may be organized into shifts.   ECAs may not consume alcohol during the event.

(d)   The sponsoring organization is ultimately responsible for assuring that all attendees obey the statutes of Pennsylvania with regard to the consumption of alcohol.  Similarly, the sponsoring organization is responsible for assuring that proper conduct and deportment is observed on the part of all attendees at all times.  The organization's responsibilities include the denial of admission and refusal to serve persons who appear intoxicated, alerting security staff to contact medical assistance if necessary, and asking disruptive persons to leave the event. 

 

(4)   Food and Nonalcoholic Beverages

All events where alcoholic beverages are served or consumed must not only have food available, but also must serve an alternative, nonalcoholic beverage (in addition to water) in an easily accessible and desirable manner.  Information regarding food and nonalcoholic beverages must be submitted to the Director of Student Engagement for approval.  The serving of alcoholic beverages must terminate at least one hour prior to the close of the event. 

 

(5)   Procedures at the Event

(a)  Setup:

 (i)  Events, which have been granted permission to distribute alcohol, must be held at an approved location in a contained space, having staffed points of entry and exit;

(ii)  A bartender must be hired from Dining Services for the distribution of alcohol. 

(b)  Entry:

(i)  A University employee affiliated with the organization must be seated at the admissions desk of parties throughout the entire time in order to check proper identification.  Students who wish to consume alcoholic beverages must furnish legal proof of age of being 21 or older at the admission table.  Guests must show one valid photo ID if they wish to consume alcohol; a photo ID is required in any case to be admitted.  Those who are 21 and over will receive an identification bracelet and a maximum of three tickets (for a four-hour event; see above) that they may exchange for alcoholic beverages.  The advisor and student member of the sponsoring organization are responsible for checking proof of age and administering bracelets. Any alteration of this procedure must be approved by the Director of Student Engagement in advance of the event.

(ii)  Individuals without picture identification will be turned away from the event. 

(c)  Security:

(i)   ECAs are not permitted to drink alcohol during the event.

(ii)  ECAs are responsible for preventing beverages or containers from being brought into the event and monitoring the entrance way to prohibit the removal of beverages from the event; to monitor the outside of the building to discourage violations of University regulations; and to assist the sponsoring organization in performing their tasks. 

 

 

(d)   Operation:

 (i)   Alcoholic beverages will not be served one hour prior to the closing of the event.  No alcoholic beverages will be served to anyone under the legal age of 21 at any time.  It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization to enforce this requirement;

(ii)  All events must end no later than 1 a.m., unless given authorization by the Director of Student Engagement;

(iii) The organization will clean the facilities immediately after the event in such a way that no additional cleanup will be required for a subsequent event to be held there.  The organization is financially liable for any damages that occur at the event.  They may also be assessed the cost of additional cleaning, if necessary. 

 

(6)   Outdoor Events with Alcohol

There are three outdoor areas that are designated as "Approved Areas" where events may be held outdoors and alcohol be served.  Permit Areas are: the Stone Stage Area, the Ravenhill Quad Area and the Kanbar Quad Area.  The Dean of Students could approve additional areas on a one-time basis for a specific event.  The Registered Events with Alcohol guidelines must be followed.  In addition, the following guidelines must be adhered to:

(a)  Only beer in cans may be served;

(b)   An area must be roped and/or fenced off for consumption.  Persons entering this area will receive a punch card and a wrist bracelet to monitor consumption.  All alcohol must remain in this area.  No persons under 21 years of age can enter this area.

 

VIII.  Tailgating Policy

 

(1)  General Policy

This tailgating policy is designed to ensure the safety and comfort of students, alumni, and other visitors attending any tailgating event at PhilaU.  From time to time, PhilaU may designate specific parking areas at certain athletic events in which areas, tailgating will be allowed but only within those designated areas and in strict compliance with the rules and regulations set forth in this policy. 

While attending a tailgating event, please respect the needs of others by keeping sidewalks and roadways clear of obstruction for those individuals who use wheelchairs or walk with assistive devices, respect the grounds where any tailgating event is hosted, and follow the directives of PhilaU special events staff and public safety officials.

Tailgating must comply with all PhilaU regulations regarding alcohol consumption, as further set forth in PhilaU Alcohol, Drug and Other Prohibited Substances Policy.  Alcohol may only be provided and/or consumed in accordance with PhilaU’s policies and all state and federal laws.

PhilaU is not responsible or liable for accidents, damage, loss or theft of materials, items, or personal property that occurs during the tailgating event.

(2)  Tailgating Conduct and Regulations

During a tailgating event, individuals are expected to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects positively on PhilaU.  Persons acting in a disruptive, disrespectful, or disorderly manner may be asked to leave PhilaU property. 

PhilaU shall designate permissible tailgating areas that will be available to students, alumni and other visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Tailgating is only permitted in such designated areas and during such hours designated for the tailgating event.  Tailgating in any traffic lanes or pedestrian pathways is not permitted.

Waste food items and trash must be disposed of in appropriate waste receptacles, which are provided on PhilaU grounds.  Please keep in mind that glass bottles are prohibited.  Kegs and similar common alcohol containers (such as, half barrels and pony kegs) are not permitted at the tailgating events.  Drinking games and the use of devices to accelerate consumption of alcohol are also prohibited.  The following items are also not permitted at the tailgating events: charcoal grills, open flames (e.g., fire pits), and propane cylinders. 

Pennsylvania law and PhilaU policy preclude the servicing of alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age.  Hosts of tailgating events are responsible for making sure no alcohol is served to minors.  Those who furnish alcohol that is consumed by underage students or visitors may incur personal criminal risks, PhilaU judicial sanctions, and personal civil liability exposure (for injuries to the minors themselves or any person injured by the minors).  PhilaU reserves the right to patrol and request identification from anyone consuming alcohol at a tailgating event who appears to be underage.

All tailgating activity must conclude prior to the start of the athletic event.

(3)  Parking

Parking for tailgating events is permitted only in designated spaces.  Parking on islands or medians is not permitted.  Parking during a tailgating event remains subject to all PhilaU parking rules and regulations, and applicable local laws.  Parking spaces are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Parking areas must be cleared within two hours after the conclusion of the tailgating event.