Residence Hall Alcohol Policy

All students are expected to know and comply with all state laws, university policies, and guidelines regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

  1. Any person under 21 years of age is underage in the State of Indiana and may not lawfully possess or consume alcoholic beverages.  Students may be referred to the University Conduct Process for underage consumption, possession or transportation of alcoholic beverages, possession of false identification which misrepresents their age or identity, or for providing alcoholic beverages to any person who is underage.
  2. Residents and/or guests may not possess or consume alcohol on university property or at university events outside of their residence hall room except in conjunction with an approved and licensed event. Possession of an open or empty alcohol container shall be interpreted as being consumed. If alcohol can be seen or smelled it can be assumed that a policy violation has occurred.
  3. Student residents and/or their guests who are 21 years of age may possess or consume alcohol within the privacy of their room or apartment. In order for a guest who is the legal drinking age of 21 to consume alcohol, the resident host must be 21 years old and present.
    1. Consumption or possession of alcoholic beverages in open containers is prohibited in the corridors and common areas, such as lounges or lobbies, of University residence facilities.
    2. Security or residence life staff may request proof of identification and age for anyone in possession or for all present where alcohol is being consumed. Everyone present must comply with the request of the staff member or be found in violation of the policy and subject to disciplinary sanctions or removal from campus. Proof of identification and age includes providing a valid driver’s license or a valid passport along with a current Indiana Tech ID card if a student.
    3. Behavior, such as disruptive or destructive behavior, or conditions necessitating extra care, resulting from excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
    4. Students who choose to consume alcohol are expected to adhere to behavior consistent with the concept of responsible and moderate consumption. In conjunction with this expectation, the following behaviors and similar behaviors not listed are restricted:
      1. Drinking directly from multiple serving containers.
      2. Use of common source containers such as kegs, party balls, water jugs, etc.
      3. Drinking games or any activities that promote excessive alcohol consumption.
      4. Possession or use of party game items such as beer bongs, beer pong, etc.
      5. Consumption of alcohol while using medication (prescribed or over-the-counter) that instruct to avoid consuming alcohol while using.
    5. Only alcohol that is less than or equal to 20% or 40 proof is permitted.
    6. As a reminder, the number of permitted guests is outlined under other housing policies and is limited to 2 people per assigned occupant of a room or apartment.
    7. The sale of alcohol except by a licensed vendor at a university-sponsored function for a form of payment, donation, or other benefit is prohibited. The advertisement of parties/gatherings where alcohol will be consumed is not allowed.
  4. Providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 is illegal and thus violates university policy. It is the responsibility of the person of legal age to assure underage guests or residents do not have access to any alcohol they possess.
  5. Those found responsible for underage consumption, possession, or misuse will be issued a minimum fine of $75 and required to complete 10 hours of community service but may be issued more severe sanctions for more severe violations such as contributing to a minor or social hosting. Additional sanctions that may be imposed are outlined in the student conduct policies.