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The purpose of the Drew University Alcohol Policy is to promote student responsibility, respect for the community and self, and to establish a University community that is safe, healthy, and conducive to serious academic endeavors.   To this end, the Alcohol Policy, which is based on federal, state, and local laws, sets guidelines and defines community standards. Within these parameters, students must define their own values and make their own choices regarding alcohol use. However, the University expects all its members to comply with both the Drew University Policy and federal, state, and local laws as they apply to alcohol possession and use.
The University holds students accountable for the decisions they make, particularly when they have an adverse effect on the health and safety of the community, on the quality of life of other students, on the learning environment, or on the students themselves.   To support student responsibility, the University offers a wide range of educational and counseling services that provide accurate alcohol-related information and evaluation. In addition to the formal services, students can gain support from faculty, staff, and other members of the community. When students fail to meet expectations set forth regarding alcohol use, the policy provides a range of sanctions depending on past behavior and the seriousness of the offense.


The goal of this policy, and of the sanctions imposed under it, is to educate students about, and to encourage, safe drinking practices. The policy seeks to establish clear community standards around alcohol. While the policy defines guidelines for the consequences of various behaviors, the context of those behaviors will be considered when policy violations are adjudicated. Therefore, the most severe consequences will result from situations in which high-risk drinking occurs, which includes drinking games. Students who are charged with repeat offenses may face a higher level of sanction.
Entering a university setting for many necessitates a new level of independence. Students are able to make their own decisions and must be able to deal with the consequences of those decisions. Keeping this in mind, the University encourages students to be responsible for their actions and will utilize parental notification as a partnership. This notification will be enacted when there is noncompliance, disregard of the policy and guidelines, or charge of a higher level of sanctioning.
Students’ misuse of alcohol may result in violations of other community standards beyond those established by the Alcohol Policy. When an alcohol violation occurs in conjunction with the violation of another University policy, such as the Drug Policy, the Human Rights Policy, or the Sexual Harassment Policy, a higher level of sanction may be imposed. Failure to comply with the directive of a University official, including Residence Life Staff, Public Safety officers, and Student Affairs staff, when combined with an alcohol violation, may also raise the level of sanction.

"Good Samaritan" Exception

To safeguard students so they receive the help they need without fear of penalty or retribution, the “Good Samaritan Clause” has been adopted. This clause may be invoked by the person in need of assistance and by those who provided that person with alcohol. If a student or organization helps an intoxicated student to get assistance from Residence Life staff, Public Safety officers, medical professionals, and/or local or state police, both the intoxicated student and the individual(s) assisting may not be subject to formal University disciplinary action for 1) being intoxicated or 2) having provided alcohol.
This policy refers to isolated incidents only and does not excuse or protect those who flagrantly or repeatedly violate the Alcohol Policy.

In the event of an alcohol related emergency or concern students should contact Public Safety from any campus phone at X4444, or any cell phone at 973-408-4444.

Emergency Procedure

Drew University recognizes that an emergency situation involving drugs and alcohol may arise. In order to be pro-active in response to a situation, if a student is transported by emergency response team and alcohol and/or drugs is involved, the following procedure is implemented:

  1. Public Safety will respond to the initial call.
  2. Public Safety will contact the Madison EMT Squad.
  3. Public Safety will inform the Health Service of the transport and file a report with the Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs.
  4. The Office of the Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs will contact the Coordinator of Substance Awareness and Educational Programs.
  5. The Coordinator will reach out to the student within 24 hours to complete an assessment session.

Use of Alcoholic Beverages in the Residence Halls

  1. Alcohol possession on campus is permitted only for students of legal age (21). Alcohol may be consumed only by legal-age students in students’ rooms, or in common areas during a University sponsored event. Consumption in student rooms should not infringe on the rights of other students to study or negate any normal student activity.
    Students of legal age may not give or sell alcohol to minors to transport, possess, or consume. Minors may not transport, possess, consume, or purchase alcohol in any area of campus. Full responsibility for compliance with New Jersey State laws belongs to all students.
  2. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold at any time in residence halls.
  3. Persons may not transport open containers of alcoholic beverages, nor may they consume alcoholic beverages, in hallways, foyers, stairwells, bathrooms, or other public areas, including outdoor University grounds, without an event liquor license.
  4. An individual suite will be considered a regular student room, and the rules set forth above will apply.
  5. Because of the many different types of housing accommodations provided by the University, Drew identifies the following areas as public:
    • General hallways leading to individual rooms, suites, or quads; propped room doors
    • Lounges that adjoin complexes or are not directly connected to a student room with access doors either opened or closed
    • General floor restrooms
    • The area outside a Townhouse
    • Outside on University grounds

Violations and Enforcement of Alcohol Policies

In addition to criminal sanctions and civil liability under State law, violations of this policy will subject a student to University non-academic conduct procedures. These procedures allow for a hearing.

The University sets expectations in compliance with federal, state, and local laws in order to maintain a productive living/learning environment; use may not negatively impact community life.

Level 1 Alcohol Offense

  • Underage drinking/possession of full or empty alcohol container
  • Noise violation with alcohol consumption
  • Open container in any public area of the University

Level 1 Adjudication---Potential sanctions

  • Attend alcohol education class (in person or online) with a $50 class fee charged to the student account
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community
  • Container may be confiscated, and minors will have to pour out the remaining alcohol from the containers
  • Additional fine up to $100
  • Official warning or written reprimand
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call
  • Social probation, up to four academic months At times alcohol consumption may result in increased problematic behavior which has an impact on self or others. The goal in Level 2 is to identify problematic issues and work in coordination with students to reduce this possibility.

Level 2 Alcohol Offense

  • More than one Level 1 offense simultaneously
  • Vandalism/property damage caused while under the influence
  • Failure to be respectful to University official
  • Providing alcohol to those under the legal age (21)

Level 2 Adjudication---Potential sanctions

  • Attend alcohol education class (in person or online) with a $50 class fee charged to the student account
  • Alcohol and other drug assessment
  • Educational activity or service to the Drew community
  • Container may be confiscated, and minors will have to pour out the remaining alcohol from the container
  • Additional fine up to $100
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call
  • Social probation, up to six academic months According to the Social Host Law of New Jersey, a host accepts a level of responsibility for guest behavior, the amount of alcohol consumed, and any injury that occurs due to drinking. In order to reduce the risk of incidence, common sources, high-proof alcohols, and progressive parties are specifically identified. Those stated either encourage excessive drinking, or make it difficult for the host to monitor the amounts of alcohol consumed.

Level 3 Alcohol Offense

  • Common source (i.e., keg, beer ball, punch bowl)
  • Repeat of any Level 1 or 2 offenses while on probation
  • Serving as the host of progressive parties
  • Consuming/hosting/providing grain alcohol or other spirit with more than 100 proof
  • Selling alcohol to another (i.e. charging entrance to a party, paying for cards or items as part of the function, etc.)

Level 3 Adjudication---Potential sanctions

  • Alcohol and other drug assessment
  • Mandatory TIPS training if found responsible for hosting*
  • Container may be confiscated, and minors will have to pour out the remaining alcohol from the containers
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call
  • Housing relocation (at discretion)
  • Housing suspension (in abeyance)
  • Fine
  • For common source, $250 per student
  • In general, up to $250
  • Social probation, up to nine academic months

Host addendum: The University will sanction those involved with hosting a function and providing alcohol differently from an individual attending the function. The goal is to increase education and awareness of the responsibilities that go along with hosting. A person found responsible for hosting will be placed on “host” probation for up to one academic semester. Students that are documented for and found responsible for hosting a party will have the amount of alcohol confiscated considered during adjudication.

At this level a student may be experiencing issues aside from alcohol consumption. The goal is to assist the whole person to become a more positive member of the University community.

Level 4 Offense

Multiple infractions alone or coupled with other policy violations (hazing, disorderly conduct, sexual assault, human rights., etc.)

Level 4 Adjudication---Potential sanctions

  • Alcohol and other drug assessment, location to be determined by Substance Awareness and Educational Programs Coordinator
  • Parental/guardian notification via copy of sanctioning letter or phone call
  • Housing relocation/suspension
  • Fine (minimum, $350)
  • Social/Host probation up to one academic year
  • Suspension/Expulsion

Use of Alcoholic Beverages by Students

  1. UC Pub: Alcoholic beverages may be purchased, served, and consumed in the University Center Pub , which is licensed by the State of New Jersey and operates under policies compliant with New Jersey law. People may not bring their own alcohol for consumption into the Pub.
  2. Public areas: All other campus areas are considered public and alcoholic beverages may not be present except under special conditions.
  3. Guest behavior: Drew students are held responsible for the behavior of their guests, as defined in Daniel’s Dictionary, “Residence Life Rules and Regulations,” Guests/Visitors.
  4. One-day liquor license: Student groups selling alcoholic beverages at, charging admission to, or collecting money for an event where alcohol is served must obtain a one-day liquor license issued by the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Commission. It is the organization’s responsibility for every aspect of such an event. The following procedures must be followed to obtain a one-day alcohol permit:
    1. Pick up form at town hall in Madison. The form indicates procedures to be followed.
    2. Form must be signed by both the Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs and the Director of Public Safety.
    3. Form must be mailed at least three weeks in advance (or hand carried) to Trenton. If form is incomplete it will be rejected.
    4. Form must be accompanied by a diagram of the physical space where the event will be held (including fencing, roping off of an alcohol-free area, etc.) and a letter from the Associate Dean of Campus Life and Student Affairs indicating he/she is aware of both the event and the sponsoring organization.
  5. Bulk quantities: Alcohol in bulk quantities (such as kegs or beer balls) is permitted on campus only at events for which a liquor license has been obtained from the New Jersey Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
  6. Non-carbonated, non-alcoholic beverages: Such beverages must be available and accessible at any event where alcoholic beverages are served.
  7. Food: At all events where alcoholic beverages are served, food must also be served.
  8. Delivery: Retail delivery of alcoholic beverages is prohibited.
  9. Funding for alcoholic beverages: CLA student activities funds may not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

The Drew University Alcohol Policy was created as a result of the University’s concern for the education and development of the whole person. The policy provides parameters to keep students safe and is in accord with New Jersey laws regarding alcoholic beverages. According to New Jersey State law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to:

  1. Purchase, possess, consume, manufacture, or distribute alcoholic beverages
  2. Enter places licensed to sell alcoholic beverages with the intent to purchase, have served or delivered to them, alcoholic beverages
  3. Misrepresent his/her age or the age of anyone else for the purpose of purchasing alcohol or gaining entrance to a place that sells or serves alcohol It is also illegal for anyone to purchase, manufacture, or distribute alcohol to a person who is under 21 years of age. In addition to criminal sanctions for violations of State law, there is potential civil liability for serving minors or serving a person who is already intoxicated.

Madison Ordinance on Alcoholic Beverages, Possession and Consumption by Minors on Private Property

Ordinance passed in 2013 and found in the Borough Code as Borough Code § 233-1

Possession or consumption by persons under legal age on private property prohibited; violations and penalties.

A. Any person under the legal age to purchase alcoholic beverages who knowingly possesses, without legal authority, or who knowingly consumes any alcoholic beverage on private property shall be subject, upon conviction, to a fine of $250 for the first offense and $350 for any subsequent offense.

B. The Municipal Judge may, in addition to any other sentence imposed for the offense, suspend or postpone, for up to six months, the driving privilege of the defendant. Upon the conviction of any person under this section, Chapter 233, the Municipal Judge shall forward a report to the Division of Motor Vehicles (the "Division") stating the first and last day of the suspension or postponement period imposed by the Municipal Judge pursuant to this section, Chapter 233. If a person is less than 17 years of age at the time of the imposition of a sentence, the period of license postponement, including a suspension or postponement of the privilege of operating a motorized bicycle, shall commence on the day the sentence is imposed and shall run for a period of six months after the person reaches the age of 17 years.

C. If a person, at the time of the imposition of a sentence, has a valid New Jersey driver's license, the Municipal Judge shall immediately collect the license and forward it to the Division, along with the report. If for any reason the license cannot be collected, the Municipal Judge shall include in the report the complete name, address, date of birth, eye color, and sex of the person, as well as the first and last date of the license suspension period imposed by the Municipal Judge.

D. The Municipal Judge shall inform the person orally and in writing that, if the person is convicted of operating a motor vehicle during the period of license suspension or postponement, the person shall be subject to the penalties set forth in N.J.S.A. 39:3-40. A person shall be required to acknowledge receipt of the written notice in writing. Failure to receive a written notice or failure to acknowledge, in writing, the receipt of written notice shall not be a defense to a subsequent charge of violation of N.J.S.A. 39:3-40.

E. If the person convicted under this section, Chapter 233, is not a New Jersey resident, the Municipal Judge shall suspend or postpone, as appropriate, the nonresident driving privilege of the person based on the age of the person and submit the required report to the Division. The Municipal Judge shall not collect the license of a nonresident convicted under this section, Chapter 233. Upon receipt of a report from the Municipal Judge, the Division shall notify the appropriate officials in the licensing jurisdiction of the suspension or postponement.

(1) The Municipal Judge shall have the discretion to waive the penalty provisions of Subsections A, B and C above if the defendant is enrolled in an educational institution that has imposed administrative sanctions and penalties against the defendant for the offense(s).[Added 5-29-2013 by Ord. No. 16-2013]

F. Exceptions:

(1) Religious observance, presence of a parent or guardian. Nothing in Chapter 233 shall prohibit an underage person from consuming or possessing an alcoholic beverage in connection with a religious observance, ceremony or rite, or consuming or possessing an alcoholic beverage in the presence of, and with the permission of, a parent, guardian or relative who has attained the legal age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages. As used in this section, Chapter 233, "guardian" means a person who has qualified as a guardian of the underage person pursuant to testamentary court appointment, or other applicable laws, as determined by the Municipal Judge, and "relative" means an underage person's grandparent, aunt, uncle, sibling, or any other person related by blood or affinity.

(2) Performance of employment. Nothing in Chapter 233 shall prohibit possession of alcoholic beverages by any person while engaged in the performance of employment pursuant to an employment permit issued by the Director of the Division of the Alcoholic Beverage Commission, or for a bona fide hotel or restaurant, in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 33:1-26, or while actively engaged in the preparation of food while enrolled in a culinary arts or hotel management program at a county vocation school or post-secondary educational institution; however, nothing in Chapter 233 shall be construed to preclude the imposition of a penalty under these subsections, N.J.S.A. 33:1-81, or any other section of law against a person who is convicted of unlawful alcoholic beverage activity on or at premises licensed for the sale of alcoholic beverages.

(3) An underage person and one or two other persons, if applicable, shall be immune from prosecution under this chapter prohibiting any person under the legal age who, without legal authority, knowingly possesses or knowingly consumes an alcoholic beverage on private property if:[Added 5-29-2013 by Ord. No. 16-2013]

(a) One of the underage persons called 9-1-1 and reported that another underage person was in need of medical assistance due to alcohol consumption;

(b) The underage person who called 9-1-1 and, if applicable, one or two other persons acting in concert with the underage person who called 9-1-1, provided each of their names to the 9-1-1 operator;

(c) The underage person was the first person to make the 9-1-1 report; and

(d) The underage person and, if applicable, one or two other persons acting in concert with the underage person who made the 9-1-1 call, remained on the scene with the person under the legal age in need of medical assistance until assistance arrived and cooperated with medical assistance and law enforcement personnel on the scene.

(4) The underage person who received medical assistance as provided in Subsection F(3) of this section shall also be immune from prosecution under this chapter prohibiting the possession or consumption of an alcoholic beverage on private property.[Added 5-29-2013 by Ord. No. 16-2013]

Signs and Symptoms of Problematic Drinking

  • Increase in alcohol tolerance
  • Urgency to have the first drink
  • Drinking because you are angry, upset, or stressed
  • Your personality is altered when drinking
  • Drinking the night before has caused you to miss or to be late for class
  • You sometimes have a drink to help you sleep
  • When you drink, you wind up drunk
  • You promise yourself you will cut down or stop, but that only lasts a short time, if at all
  • Someone has expressed concern over your drinking
  • It is difficult to stop after one or two drinks
  • The day after drinking you have trouble remembering parts of the night (blackouts)
  • You regret things you have said or done while drinking
  • Even after others have stopped, you want to continue drinking
  • You get irritated when anyone talks about your drinking
  • At times, grades have suffered because of drinking
  • A significant part of the day is spent getting, using, or recovering from the effects of alcohol

Alcohol Counselor

In view of the University’s commitment to educate and support the growth and development of the whole person, a full-time NJ Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor is available to anyone in the campus community during the academic year. If you or someone you know may have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs, the counselor provides assessment, education, and individual and group counseling. Referrals off-campus and to local support groups are also available.
Call x3318 for assistance.

  • You have been arrested for DWI or other behavior while under the influence
  • You have become violent while drinking
  • You have anxiety, shaking hands, hallucinations the day after drinking
  • You have switched from one type of alcohol to another to control your “drunk”
  • You have neglected classes or responsibilities two or more days in a row because of drinking

If you can relate to three or more of the above criteria, you may have a drinking problem.

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