Guidelines for Alcohol Use

At the beginning of the fall 2015 semester, the College rolled out updated Responsible Party Standards that made it easier for students to hold small and safe events while at the same time discouraging students from holding parties that involved high-risk behavior (such as the presence of hard alcohol, large numbers of students in one common space, large amounts of alcohol per student, unregistered parties).

With this in mind, here are some key points to remember when it comes to safe and responsible alcohol consumption at social events:

  • Hard alcohol and common source alcohol (kegs, punch, etc.) are prohibited
  • Providing alcohol to anyone under 21 is prohibited (and illegal)
  • Parties of more than 20 people must be registered
  • Party hosts must adhere to safe room capacity and safe drinking standards (no more than 120 servings of beer or wine permitted, or up to twice the room capacity, whichever is less)

Visit http://student-life.williams.edu/events/student-event-planning/basic-events/  for more details.

Campus Safety and Security provides a key role in maintaining a safe environment.  Officers conduct checks for registered parties and will help hosts keep the party safe and in compliance.  Unless the registered party becomes unsafe, CSS will work with the host to keep the party open.

CSS Officers also conduct “hotspot” checks in areas that have exhibited patterns of unsafe/irresponsible behaviors.   If CSS comes across an unregistered party or a situation involving violations of the responsible party standards (even if it’s registered), they will collect ID information from students involved and will report the incident to the Office of the Dean of the College for their action.

Accountability and Responsibility

Violations of the Responsible Party Standards and the Code of Conduct will result in response from the Office of the Dean of the College, sanctions for which range from various types of warnings to disciplinary action including suspensions and expulsions.

The college also has a Medical Amnesty Policy: We recognize that there may be times when excessive drinking and/or drug use becomes a medial emergency. Under this policy, if an individual seeks medical attention (for themselves or for someone else) due to such an emergency, student conduct disciplinary action will not be taken against the student for consumption or possession of alcohol or drugs.

Visit http://dean.williams.edu/policies/code-of-conduct/ for more information on the alcohol policy and for the Medical Amnesty policy.

 

Alcohol Sanctioning Rubric

 

Violation Sanction (individual) Sanction (group)
Possession/consumption of beer or wine under 21 Alcohol disposed of

1st instance: Letter of warning, with educational information included in the letter (non-reportable)

 

2nd instance: letter of warning and education with learning assessment (such as online module) (non-reportable)

 

3rd instance: alcohol education (such as an in person class) with learning assessment (non-reportable)

 

4th and beyond: Formal Disciplinary process with warning and education with learning assessment (reportable)

Possession/Consumption of hard alcohol under 21 Alcohol disposed of

 

1st instance: meeting with dean, letter of warning with educational information included in the letter (non-reportable)

 

2nd instance: letter of warning and education (such as online module)with learning assessment  (non-reportable)

 

3rd instance: Formal Disciplinary process with Probation and education with learning assessment (reportable)

 

4th instance: Formal Disciplinary process with suspension with learning assessment (reportable)

 

Providing/Serving beer or wine to those under 21 Alcohol disposed of

1st instance: Letter of warning, with educational information included in the letter (non-reportable)

 

2nd instance: alcohol education (such as an in person class) with learning assessment (non-reportable)

 

3rd or later instance: Formal disciplinary process disciplinary probation, mandated education with learning assessment (different from the 1st instance, reportable)

Providing/Serving hard alcohol to those under 21 1st instance: meeting with deans, written letter of warning, mandated education/training w/learning assessment (non-reportable)

 

2nd instance: Formal disciplinary process with disciplinary probation, mandated education with learning assessment (different from the 1st instance) (reportable)

 

3rd or later instance: Formal disciplinary process with suspension with learning assessment (reportable)

Unregistered party 1st instance: Party broken up, alcohol disposed of, education/information/warning letter to students who take responsibility or to those present who live in dorm where space was being used (non-reportable)

 

2nd instance: Meeting with Dean and education (such as online module) with learning assessment  (non-reportable)

 

3rd instance: Formal Disciplinary process with warning and education with learning assessment (reportable)

 

4th and beyond: Formal Disciplinary process with Disciplinary Probation and education with learning assessment (reportable)

 

1st instance: letter of warning, education/training.

 

2nd instance: loss of opportunity to host, sanctions within OSL/Athletics could include missing practices, games, travel, performances.  SOC involved for student organizations.

 

3rd or later instance: greater loss of group activity, including possible de-funding of group.  SOC involved for student organizations.

Running/hosting party with hard alcohol or with other major safety issues (such as funnels, drinking races) 1st instance: meeting with a dean, likely letter of warning, education/training with learning assessment (non-reportable)

 

2nd instance: Formal disciplinary process disciplinary probation, mandated education with learning assessment (different from the 1st instance)

 

 

3rd or later instance: Formal disciplinary process with DP or suspension with learning assessment

1st instance: meeting with a dean/OSL/Athletics , likely letter of warning, education/training.

 

2nd instance: loss of opportunity to host, sanctions within OSL/Athletics could include missing practices, games, travel, performances.  SOC involved for student organizations.

 

3rd or later instance: greater loss of group activity, including possible de-funding of group.  SOC involved for student organizations.

Running/hosting party with beer/wine in excess quantities Alcohol disposed of

1st instance: Letter of warning, with educational information included in the letter (non-reportable)

 

2nd instance: Formal disciplinary process disciplinary probation, mandated education with learning assessment (different from the 1st instance)

 

 

3rd or later instance: Formal disciplinary process with DP or suspension with learning assessment

1st instance: letter of warning, education/training.

 

2nd instance: loss of opportunity to host, sanctions within OSL/Athletics could include missing practices, games, travel, performances.  SOC involved for student organizations.

 

3rd or later instance: greater loss of group activity, including possible de-funding of group.  SOC involved for student organizations.