Alcohol Use and Consumption

Owner
Savala DeVoge
Dean of Student Engagement and Wellness
Effective Date
Last Revised

Policy Statement

UMN Crookston is committed to fostering a healthy and safe community, which includes education regarding the responsible use of alcohol.  Consuming alcohol has the potential to negatively impact students’ educational performance and personal health and wellness. UMN Crookston students must comply with state law and conduct themselves in a manner that supports the health and safety of self and others as described in this policy.

Mandatory Education

All new UMN Crookston students including transfer students must complete AlcoholEdu (an online training module approved by UMN Crookston) prior to the beginning of their first semester.  Failure to complete this program will result in a hold being placed on the student’s registration.

Proscribed Behaviors

All behaviors aimed at pressuring individuals to drink or to drink excessively are strictly prohibited (see Responsibilities below for enforcement).  Students are discouraged from using alcohol when tired, stressed, or depressed. 

Under all circumstances, students are prohibited from binge drinking (see definition at the end of this policy) and pressuring other students to drink or to drink excessively. 

When on campus, students are prohibited from playing drinking games and using common source containers (e.g. kegs). 

Drinking Privileges

Students will earn the privilege, if they choose, to possess and consume alcohol within their residence hall room or apartment when all of the criteria below are met.  :

  • they are at least 21 years old;
  • they have successfully completed a UMN Crookston-approved alcohol education program within one year prior to turning 21 years old (students who completed their initial mandatory alcohol education program more than one year prior to turning 21 years old must complete a second education program within one year prior to turning 21);
  • they have secured a new Student ID at no charge that indicates they have drinking privileges; and
  • they have their new Student ID, which indicates drinking privileges, on their person.

In order to possess and consume alcohol within a residence hall room or apartment, all residents must have drinking privileges.  Guests who are UMN Crookston students and who have secured campus drinking privileges may also drink within a residence hall room where all individuals have secured drinking privileges.  Guests who are not UMN Crookston students do not have drinking privileges within UMN Crookston’s residence halls.  Alcohol must be stored out of sight in a sealed container if guests under 21 are present. Consumption of alcohol in lounges and lobbies is prohibited.

Students who have secured drinking privileges may drink alcohol at university-sanctioned events where alcohol is served so long as they abide by responsible drinking guidelines (see definitions at the end of this policy).

Compliance with the Policy

Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary actions including but not limited to temporary or permanent suspension of drinking privileges.

Parental Notification

Per the federal data privacy law, Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), colleges and universities may, but are not required, to report alcohol and some other policy violations to parents if a student is under the age of 21 at the time of the disclosure. Parents of UMN Crookston students will be contacted when there is a concern that the student’s behavior poses a serious and immediate threat to themself or to someone else. The decision to contact parents is usually made following a meeting between the student and the Dean of Student Engagement and Wellness or their designate.

Reason for Policy

Each member of the UMN Crookston community must make choices about the consumption of alcohol. Recognizing that the choice to consume alcohol carries with it certain risks to self and others, UMN Crookston is committed to creating a policy and educational environment that facilitates safe and healthy alcohol use.

For individuals under age 21, possession or use of alcohol is prohibited by state law.

Contacts

  • Savala DeVoge, Dean of Student Engagement and Wellness
  • Erica Claybrook-Cookman, Assistant Director for Residential Life

Other Information

Forms

Maxient reporting form

AlcoholEdu training module

Appendices

Information for services (e.g., referral, counseling, and assessment) is available through the Dean of Student Engagement & Wellness’s office, Residential Life, Health Services, and Counseling.

Board of Regents Policy: Alcoholic Beverages

Definitions

Binge Drinking.
According to the Center for Disease Control, binge drinking is the most common, costly, and deadly pattern of excessive alcohol use in the United States.  Binge drinking is defined as a pattern of drinking that brings a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to 0.08 g/dl or above.  For an individual weighing 100 pounds, three drinks (12 oz. beer, 5 oz. glass of wine, or a shot of liquor) within an hour will result in a 0.08 BAC.  Since most individuals metabolize approximately one drink per hour, four drinks within two hours, five within three hours, etc. will also lead to a 0.08 BAC.  For each additional 40 pounds of weight, approximately one additional drink will be tolerated by the individual.  Note that some beers, wines, and liquors have a higher concentration of alcohol that will lead to a 0.08 BAC with fewer drinks. 
Responsible Drinking.
Responsible drinking involves minimal risk to individuals involved.  UMN Crookston defines responsible drinking as follows:
  • no drinking under circumstances prohibited by this policy including by individuals under age 21;
  • no drinking when tired, stressed, or depressed;
  • limiting drinking to no more than one drink (12 oz. beer, 5 oz. glass of wine, or a shot of liquor) per hour;
  • limiting drinking to no more than two drinks per evening;
  • limiting drinking to no more than four evenings per week;
  • no use of alcohol when operating motor vehicles or machinery or other equipment that involve risk to self or others; and
  • no use of alcohol when in possession of firearms.

Responsibilities

Community Advisors (CAs)
Initial response to possible violations of the alcohol policy will be addressed by Community Advisors (CAs) and reported to the Area Coordinators for conduct. If the incident is egregious or has multiple policy violations it may be referred to the Dean of Student Engagement & Wellness for a conduct follow-up.

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