- Bridgewater State University prohibits the possession, consumption,
storage or service of alcohol by students except at the Great Hill Student
Apartments by apartment residents and their guests who are 21 years of age
or older, or at approved or licensed locations. Alcohol may only be
transported (not being consumed, stored or served) to the Great Hill Student
Apartments by apartment residents. Guests are not permitted to bring alcohol
onto the Bridgewater State University campus regardless of their age. This
includes guests of students residing in the Great Hill Student Apartments.
- In areas other than approved or licensed locations, all persons are
prohibited from being present where there are alcoholic beverage containers
including decorative containers), whether full, partially full or empty.
- Public intoxication is prohibited. Public intoxication is defined as any
intoxication which causes a disturbance or is dangerous to self, others or
property or in any way requires the attention of university staff.
Intoxication will not be accepted as an excuse for irresponsible behavior.
This applies to all persons regardless of age.
Possession and consumption of alcohol:
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages or possession of an open container
of alcohol is prohibited in public, (this includes the common areas of
the apartments, the apartment courtyard and grounds adjacent to the
apartments) except under licensed conditions.
- Possession of alcoholic beverages within a 24 hour period by an
apartment resident is limited to containers not to exceed 72 oz. of beer,
or 200 ml of hard liquor, or 750 ml of wine, 72 oz. of wine cooler.
Limits apply to full, partially full or empty alcoholic beverage
- Commercial delivery of alcoholic beverages to the campus is prohibited,
except to licensed events or facilities.
The following alcohol container restrictions apply to all
campus facilities including the Great Hill Student Apartments and may be
confiscated by university officials
- common sources
- alcoholic beverage containers over four liters, including empty
alcoholic beverage containers and taps
- funnels or any other equipment used to consume large quantities
of alcoholic beverages
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA),
and the university Parent/Guardian Notification Policy, the university
may release information to parents/guardians without the consent of the
eligible student, when the student is under the age of 21 and has
violated any law or policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol
or a controlled substance. The Office of Student Conduct sends
notification letters to parents of students under the age of 21 who have
violated the Alcohol and/or the Drug Free Policies. The letter indicates
that the student was found responsible for a violation and encourages
the parents/guardians to discuss the matter with the student. The Office
will not provide specific information to parents/guardians regarding the
incident or the students conduct history without a release from the
The following is a list of minimum sanctions for violations of
the alcohol policy. More severe sanctions may be imposed based on the
severity of the violation. Sanctions are determined on a case by case
IN THE PRESENCE OR IN POSSESSION OF EMPTY CONTAINERS OF
ALCOHOL, INCLUDING DECORATIVE CONTAINERS:
Subsequent violations for being in the presence, or possession, of empty
containers of alcohol, including decorative containers will result in
ALL OTHER ALCOHOL VIOLATIONS:
Temporary suspension from the residence halls
Temporary suspension from
the residence halls
Permanent suspension from the residence halls
Students found in violation of the alcohol policy through report of
a sexual assault, or psychological or medical emergency will not
automatically be subject to minimum sanctions. Such situations will be
handled on a case by case basis.
Serving alcoholic beverages at university events:
All recognized groups who want
to sponsor an event with alcohol on campus must meet with and secure
approval of the director of administrative support services at least
prior to the event. Approval forms are available from, and are facilitated
Office of Conference and Event Services.
- Alcohol may be served on campus or at university-sponsored events only
under licensed conditions.
- University funds or student organization funds may not be used to purchase
alcoholic beverages for student functions.
- Student groups who want to sponsor an event with alcohol on or off
campus must adhere to the following guidelines.
Alcohol at events sponsored by student organizations:
University-recognized student organizations may request permission to serve
alcohol at student events through the Office of Student Involvement
On-campus events: The Ballroom, Bridgewater Dining Room and One Park
Avenue are permanently licensed. Student organizations seeking to hold an
event with alcohol in another campus facility may request that a one-day
license be obtained. A minimum of 30 days notice is required in order to
Off-campus events: Student organizations may only hold functions/events with
alcohol at an off-campus venue with a permanent license for alcohol
The following guidelines apply to the service of alcohol at student
- Student organization sponsored functions/events with alcohol may
only be held in facilities licensed for alcohol service.
- All individuals attending the event must be of legal drinking age.
Student organizations may request an exception to this guideline if
the alcohol server has acceptable procedures for separating individuals
of age from those who are underage.
- The license holder assumes all responsibility for serving alcohol,
including checking proper age identification, and may not delegate
this responsibility to the event sponsor.
- Student organizations may not give alcohol away or include complementary
drinks in the ticket price of an event. Distribution of alcohol at
the event must be on a cash sales basis to the individual who will
consume the alcohol.
- Alcohol may not be the primary focus of the event.
- Student organizations may not use university funds to purchase alcohol
for the event.
- Only BSU students and their invited guests may attend the event.
The student organization may only advertise the event to the BSU community.
- Ample food and non-alcoholic beverages must be readily available
during the entire event.
- The organizations adviser or an alternative faculty/staff member
must be present for the duration of the event.
- A police detail or hired private security in conjunction with the
host establishment must be present for the duration of the event.
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