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Responding to Students' Alcohol and Drug Abuse

University Alcohol Policy

Although the University’s primary emphasis in this area is prevention and the reduction of risk, it also recognizes its responsibility to implement and enforce alcohol regulations that are consistent with New York state law and address the issues of personal health, responsibility and safety for the community. The Alcohol Policy, as part of Fordham’s overall alcohol prevention efforts, aims to increase awareness of the primary and secondary impact alcohol abuse can create, promote safety at social events and encourage the responsible use of alcohol when permitted. University policy includes but is not limited to the following provisions, whether they occur on or off campus:

  • No person under the age of 21 may possess, consume, or be in the presence of alcohol (except in officially designated spaces and/or at approved events organized in compliance with this Alcohol Policy).
  • Fordham University prohibits inappropriate and dangerous behavior that is a direct result of alcohol consumption, including intoxication. Any student who is observed to be intoxicated may have their conduct documented and adjudicated through the Student Conduct Process. Upon the outcome of that meeting, the student may be found in violation of the alcohol policy regardless of their age.
  • The University prohibits the possession of items used for common distribution of alcohol in volume on leased or owned University property. Such items include, but are not limited to, kegs and large-volume containers.
  • Drinking games and other activities that encourage rapid consumption of alcohol are violations of the alcohol policy, including unauthorized games not involving alcohol but mimicking these activities and the use of devices (e.g., funnels, shot glasses, beer pong tables, etc.) by their nature promote abusive and potentially dangerous alcohol consumption. The University prohibits organizing and/or participating in activities that encourage excessive drinking (e.g. beer pong, drinking games or contests, etc.). Charging a fee when hosting parties is strictly prohibited. Possession of bars, bar signs, shot glasses and/or empty alcohol containers, even for decorative purposes, is also prohibited.
  • The University prohibits the possession and consumption of alcohol within public areas and administrative and academic buildings, without permission from the authorized University official. For students, student clubs, organizations and groups as well as events and activities that are advertised to and/or open to students, the campus dean of students or his designated representative will provide approval after review. Any reservation of space at the University for an event including alcohol service must disclose this element at the time of reservation, must be received at least one month prior to the planned date, and receive approval from the campus Dean of Students prior. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed in any area of any freshman Residence Hall as well as the hallways or other public areas of any residential facility on or off- campus. Any event planned for lounge areas in upperclass halls must be approved and adhere to the relevant requirements of this policy under Facilities.
  • It is prohibited for an underage student to be in the presence of any other person legally or illegally possessing, consuming or selling alcoholic beverages, except when authorized at an approved event.
  • It is prohibited for anyone over the age of 21 to consume/ possess alcoholic beverages in the presence of individuals under the age of 21, except when authorized at an approved event.
  • Alcohol may not be provided to any person who is underage. For purposes of this regulation, “provide” means to sell, lend, give, make available, exchange, barter or furnish in any way.In Residence Halls, the relevant social host policy will apply if alcohol is available in student rooms. Hosts and/or event planners and sponsors are responsible for misconduct if they passively allow prohibited alcohol use.
  • Individuals who are 21 years of age or older may possess and consume beverages containing alcohol in their rooms in University residential units (refer for specific policies to the Office of Residential Life handbooks) or at officially-sponsored and approved events. However, conduct resulting from the consumption of alcohol that is in any way illegal or in violation of this or any other policy is prohibited.
  • Students are not permitted to possess or produce false identification or identification that alters one’s age.
  • Fordham University expects all students to understand the consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol and to abide by state law.
  • Students who procure alcoholic beverages for, or who serve alcoholic beverages to underage persons, who present or falsify documents for this purpose, and/or who contribute in any way to illegal alcohol consumption, are not conducting themselves in a responsible manner. Further, a student who contributes in any way, however minor, to the intoxication of another person should be aware that they can be held personally liable for any injury or damage the intoxicated person causes or in which he or she becomes involved. For more information regarding New York State General Obligations Law, please refer to the Drug Free Campus Guidelines section of the Student Handbook.

Students who procure alcoholic beverages for, or who serve alcoholic beverages to underage persons, who falsify documents or who contribute in any way to illegal alcohol consumption are not conducting themselves in a responsible manner. Further, a student who contributes in any way, however minor, to the intoxication of another person may be held personally liable for any injury or damage the intoxicated person causes or in which he or she becomes involved. For more information regarding New York State General Obligations Law, please refer to the Drug Free Campus Guidelines section of the Student Handbook.