ArtCenter is committed to providing its students, faculty and staff with an environment that promotes safe and responsible social interaction, and is required by law to provide you with our written policies on these issues.
ArtCenter’s concern over the illicit use and the abuse of alcohol and drugs results from the serious health hazards caused by substance abuse; the potential legal penalties for those convicted of unlawful use, possession or distribution of these substances; and the ways in which alcohol and drugs adversely affect our campus environment. All members of the ArtCenter community should be familiar with and should adhere to ArtCenter’s Policy on Substance Abuse. Individuals are expected to take responsibility for their own conduct and to comply with state and federal laws, as well as with ArtCenter’s policies.
ArtCenter abides by federal and state laws regarding the use of illegal drugs and alcohol. It is a criminal offense:
ArtCenter maintains a drug-free workplace and campus. Members of the ArtCenter community are expected to act lawfully with respect to the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. All members of the ArtCenter community, including students, are prohibited from working in a shop after having consumed alcohol. Consumption of alcoholic beverages on ArtCenter’s premises is not permitted, regardless of the drinker’s age, unless the event is registered.
ArtCenter recognizes that student parties and activities are an important part of campus life. The information provided here is intended to help you minimize the risks associated with sponsoring a party, and to help individuals and organizations plan and execute a safe, healthy, fun and problem-free event.
Event planners must consult with the Office of Student Life and the Director of Campus Safety prior to the event so that the respective office can work with planners in arranging their event.
All student events at which alcohol will be served (including official College functions, registered events and private parties) must adhere to the following guidelines:
While the law regarding civil liability is complex, it is important to know that under some circumstances event sponsors, bartenders or others might be held legally liable for the consequences of serving alcohol to underage drinkers or to obviously intoxicated persons. You could be sued and potentially found personally liable for damages to any injured party or parties.
Violations of this policy constitute a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. ArtCenter will impose sanctions on individuals and organizations that violate this policy. These sanctions and penalties will depend on the severity of the offense. Penalties can include expulsion from ArtCenter and referral to civil authorities for prosecution for violations of the law. A student who is found to be selling or providing illegal drugs can be suspended or expelled from ArtCenter, even for a first offense.
In addition to suspension or expulsion, other sanctions may include the following:
Student organizations that violate the policy will have restrictions placed on parties, events and/or other social activities. An event may be closed immediately or other measures may be taken to correct the violation. Disciplinary action may be invoked entirely apart from any civil or criminal penalties that the student might incur.
Students should understand that inebriation is never an excuse for misconduct. A student’s careless or willful reduction, through the use of alcohol or other intoxicants, of his or her own ability to think clearly, exercise good judgment and respond to rational intervention may invoke more stringent penalties than otherwise might be levied.
Recent legislation allows institutions of higher education to contact parents when their adult children violate a school’s alcohol or drug policy. If a student’s behavior with respect to alcohol and drugs presents a danger to themselves and/or others, ArtCenter may inform parents. This will be deemed necessary by the Dean of Students in consultation with other offices as necessary.