Alcohol Policy

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989
The federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 requires all institutions of higher education to adopt and implement a program to prevent the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees as a condition of the institution receiving federal funds or any other form of financial assistance under any federal program. This policy is being issued by the College in compliance with the requirements of that Act. Emmanuel College strives to provide a safe and healthy environment for student growth and development and the achievement of academic success. The College policy on alcohol use is designed to promote these goals and to reduce the harm resulting from the misuse and abuse of alcohol. Along with substantial health and safety risks are potentially significant legal consequences. Students, staff and faculty of Emmanuel are urged to familiarize themselves with the information contained within this policy.  

Emmanuel College is a dry campus and prohibits the possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by any student or guest on campus or at off- campus Emmanuel sponsored events. Students are prohibited from participating in any College activity, on or off College premises, while under the influence of alcohol. No alcohol beverage containers including but not limited to shot glasses, drinking game devices, or other items affiliated with the consumption or possession of alcohol are allowed in any campus building or property controlled or leased by the College regardless of the owner's age. Students who are over the age of twenty-one years of age may request a rare exception to this policy for a special event or activity (for example, during senior week) by contacting the Vice President for Student Affairs.   

Sanctions for Non-Compliance
Students are required to abide by all requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and this policy as a condition of continued enrollment at the College. A student who violates any provision of this policy is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion from the College. Also, in appropriate circumstances, as determined by the College, law enforcement officials may be notified. Unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol may subject a student to criminal penalties.  

Persons suspected of bringing alcohol on their person or in their belongings on property owned or leased by the College will be subject to search by residence hall staff, Campus Safety staff or other authorized personnel. The responding staff member will document the situation and all students involved may be subject to disciplinary action.   Residence hall staff will address any persons suspected of using or keeping alcohol in a residence hall. In such an instance, residence hall staff will conduct a visual inspection of the location and require the person(s) to gather and, in the presence of the responding staff member, discard all alcohol. Residence hall staff in conjunction with Campus Safety and/or other authorized personnel will assess the condition of any intoxicated persons involved and provide appropriate care. If such an incident occurs in a residence hall room, any guest of the resident(s) at that time will be asked to leave the room and/or hall. The responding staff member(s) will document the situation and all students involved may be subject to disciplinary action.  

Alcohol and The Laws of The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
The legal age in Massachusetts is defined by M.G.L. 138 12 which makes it unlawful for licensed vendors to sell to anyone under twenty-one years of age. Minors are not permitted to purchase or even make arrangements to purchase alcoholic beverages (M.G.L. 138 34A). It is also unlawful for minors to transport in any way any alcoholic beverages (M.G.L. 13834B). Anyone who procures any alcoholic beverages for a minor violates M.G.L. 138 34. The sale of alcoholic beverages by a licensed vendor to a minor is illegal under M.G.L. 138 34 which also makes it unlawful for a patron to procure such beverages for a minor at any licensed establishment. The penalty for violating this law is a $1000 fine or six months imprisonment or both. Minors may not misrepresent their age in order to purchase or attempt to purchase any alcoholic beverages (M.G.L. 148 34A).   The same law makes it illegal to deface, alter or otherwise falsify an identification card to obtain alcoholic beverages. The penalty for violating this statute is a $300 fine. Those of legal age are precluded by the same law from making a false statement about a minor's age in order to effectuate a sale to a minor or from inducing a minor to make a false statement in order to obtain alcoholic beverages. Persons under 21 years of age may not transport alcoholic beverages and those who do so while operating an automobile are subject to revocation of their driver's license for a maximum of three months (M.G.L. 138 34C).  

Alcohol and The Laws of The City of Boston
(From the Boston Police Department District 14 Newsletter)
Open Containers: It shall be unlawful for a person to drink from or possess an open container of alcoholic beverages, in or upon any public way, in any park, or playground, or on the private property of another without consent of the owner. Penalty: Any person in violation of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine and may be placed under arrest.
Procuring alcohol for underage persons: No person shall agree to procure for or deliver to an individual under the age of 21, any alcoholic beverage, sealed or open. The burden of ascertaining whether the recipient is at least 21 years of age is on the person delivering the beverages. Penalty: Any person in violation of this ordinance shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $50. Any person convicted of violating this statute shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $2,000 or by imprisonment for up to six months or both.
Procurement by Intimidation: No person under the age of 21 shall persuade, intimidate or otherwise cause another to purchase or obtain alcoholic beverages intended for consumption. Penalty: Any person convicted of violating this statute shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $300 for each conviction. A conviction for a violation of this section will be reported to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles by the court. The registrar shall suspend for ninety days the defendant's license or right to operate a motor vehicle.
Fake ID: No person shall willfully misrepresent his or her age or in any way alter, deface or otherwise falsify his identification offered as proof of age with the intent of purchasing alcoholic beverages.
Penalty: Any person who violates this statute shall be punished by a fine of $300. A conviction of a violation of this section shall be reported to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles by the court. The registrar shall suspend the defendant's license or right to operate a motor vehicle for ninety days.
Transportation of Alcohol: No person under the age of 21 and who is not in the company of a parent or legal guardian shall knowingly possess or transport any alcohol. This section does not apply to a person between the ages of 18 to 21 acting in the scope of his or her employment. A police officer may arrest without a warrant any person who violates this statute. Penalty: Any person who violates this statute shall be punished by a fine of not more than $50 for the first offense and not more than $150 for each  subsequent offense. A conviction for a violation of this section shall be reported to the Registrar of Motor Vehicles by the court. If the defendant was operating a motor vehicle at the time of the violation, the registrar shall suspend the defendant's license to operate a motor vehicle for not more than three months. Please note that the Boston Police Department is notified of the sale of all Keg Beer. If you have a party or purchase a keg for a party you could be charged for procurement if officers discover underage guests at the party.   

The Office of the Dean of Students works collaboratively with the departments of Residence Life, Counseling, Health and Campus Safety and various student groups to offer programs to educate students about the negative consequences associated with drug and alcohol use. Programs include alcohol/drug education during new student orientation, training for Residence Life staff and special programs conducted for the Emmanuel College community with the assistance of outside agencies.  

Health Risks Associated With The Use and Abuse of Alcohol
Alcohol affects every organ in the drinker's body. Intoxication can impair brain function and motor skills and heavy use can increase risk of certain cancers, stroke, and liver disease. Alcohol interferes with the brain's communication pathways, and can affect the way the brain looks and works. These disruptions can change mood and behavior, and make it harder to think clearly and move with coordination. Drinking a lot over a long time or too much on a single occasion can damage the heart, causing problems including the following: cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, stroke, and high blood pressure. Heavy drinking takes a toll on the liver, and can lead to a variety of problems and liver inflammations including: steatosis, or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, and cirrhosis. Alcohol causes the pancreas to produce toxic substances that can eventually lead to pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion. Drinking too much alcohol can increase your risk of developing certain cancers, including cancers of the: mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, and breast. Alcohol can also weaken your immune system, making your body a much easier target for disease. Chronic drinkers are more liable to contract diseases like pneumonia and tuberculosis than people who do not drink too much. Drinking a lot on a single occasion slows your body's ability to ward off infections - even up to 24 hours after getting drunk.  

Emergency Assistance
Students are encouraged to contact Campus Safety at 617.735.9710 for assistance when persons who are suspected to be under the influence of alcohol may pose a danger to themselves or the community.  

A student who has been determined by the College to have used or to have been under the influence of alcohol in violation of this policy may, at the College's discretion, be permitted to participate in a rehabilitation program approved by the College as an alternative to dismissal. Generally, only a student who has not previously violated this policy and whose conduct and performance are otherwise satisfactory to the College will be considered for discipline short of discharge. Such a student will successfully complete an approved rehabilitation program as a condition of continued enrollment. The cost of the program is the responsibility of the student, but may be covered, in whole or in part, by the individual's health insurance, depending on the terms of the policy. The College strongly encourages students to seek assistance for problems with alcohol abuse before the individual's relationship with the College is jeopardized. A number of counseling and rehabilitation programs are available to individuals, on a confidential basis, to provide education, counseling, and coordination with available community resources to address drug and alcohol abuse problems. A list of local programs is available from the Office of Counseling, room 151 Administration Building.  

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