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Alcohol Policy

Alcohol is prohibited in all Rhode Island College residence halls and surrounding areas.

The purpose of the Alcohol Policy is to recognize, supplement, and support the laws of the State of Rhode Island, the policies of Rhode Island College, and the goals of the Office of Residential Life & Housing.

Section A. General Alcohol Policy
  1. Residents and guests are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol in the residence halls or surrounding areas.
  2. Alcoholic beverages and related paraphernalia are prohibited in the residence halls. No persons will be permitted to store, consume, possess, or manufacture alcoholic beverages in the residence halls and surrounding areas. This includes common areas (main lounges, laundry rooms, study lounges, etc.), suites, rooms, lawns, courtyards, parking lots, stairs, and elevators.
  3. Students who violate other college policies while under the influence of alcohol can be held responsible for a violation of the Alcohol Policy and can face all appropriate sanctioning. 
  4. Empty alcohol beverage containers are not permitted in the residence halls and surrounding areas. Any containers that are found will be disposed of, including those that the resident may consider decorative in nature. Since a staff member cannot be sure whether empty containers are decorative or not, all alcohol containers that are found will result in alcohol documentation for the resident(s). Empty alcohol containers found in a Suite area or Bathroom area will be considered the responsibility of the students living in that area.
  5. Any open containers, including cups, open bottles, and cans will be confiscated and disposed of by a Residential Life & Housing staff member.
  6. Paraphernalia can include any materials produced for the expressed purpose of alcohol consumption. This includes shot glass, funnels, and etc.
  7. Large serving containers, such as punch bowls, garbage cans, kegs, beer balls, etc., are also not permitted in the halls at any time.
  8. Hall Council funds will not be utilized for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  9. The presence of alcohol will be cause for an immediate cessation of any gathering.  Guests will be required to leave the residences halls immediately and residents will be asked to return to their respective rooms.
 Section B. Confiscation of Alcoholic Beverages/Paraphernalia & Search of Materials
  1. Any and all alcoholic beverages, in any form, that are brought into the residence hall areas are subject to confiscation by the Residential Life & Housing staff and/or Campus Police officers, and will be disposed of accordingly. Confiscated alcohol will not be returned.
  2. All alcohol paraphernalia is subject to confiscation by the Residential Life & Housing staff and/or Campus Police officers. Paraphernalia will be returned at the discretion of the Professional Hall staff member. All paraphernalia still in possession of the Residential Life & Housing staff at the close of each semester will be disposed of appropriately.
  3. The college reserves the right to inspect all bags or possessions brought into the residence halls. Failure to comply with a Residential Life & Housing staff member’s request to search belongings may result in judicial sanctioning or the involvement of the Campus Police.
 Section C. Residents and Guests
  1. It is the responsibility of the resident to inform their guests of the policies and procedures that govern Rhode Island College and the residence halls. Residents will be responsible for the actions of their guests, including violations of policy and/or damages.
  2. Off-campus students found in the presence and/or consumption of alcohol and/or drug while in a residence halls or surrounding areas will be referred to the Dean of Student Life for a Student Code of Conduct violation. 
  3. Guests may be trespassed from the residence halls for violating policies.


For more information about Housing Policies, please review the Residential Life & Housing  Resident Student Handbook available on our website.​

Page last updated: March 28, 2017