Drug and Alcohol Policy
Illegal or Controlled Drugs
In accordance with federal, state, and local laws, use of illegal or controlled drugs or other substances and misuse of prescription drugs are prohibited on the William Paterson University campus. Controlled substances include, but are not limited to, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, designer drugs, and other chemicals that alter the perceptions and motor abilities an individual. Use of over the counter medications not in compliance with the directions accompanying the products is also prohibited. Legal sanctions for violating these laws include incarceration, fines and/or postponement or loss of driver’s license.
University Alcohol Policy
Persons under the legal drinking age shall neither consume nor be served alcohol. N.J.S.A.2C:33-15 and 17; New Jersey State Alcohol Beverage Act, N.J.S.A 33:1-1 et seq. The legal sanctions for violating these laws include incarceration, fines, participation in a state-sponsored alcohol education program and/or postponement or loss of driver’s license.
1. It shall be unlawful for a person under the legal drinking age to:
a. purchase alcohol, or
b. enter any premises licensed for the retail sale of alcohol for the purpose of purchasing, or having served or delivered to him or her, any alcohol, or
c. consume any alcohol on prem-ises licensed for the retail sale of alcohol, or
d. have another purchase for him/her any alcohol.
2. It shall be unlawful for any person to:
a. misrepresent or misstate his/her age, or the age of another person, for the purpose of inducing any licensee, or any employee of any licensee, to sell, serve, or deliver any alcoholic beverage to a per-son under the legal age for purchasing alcoholic beverages, or enter any premises licensed for the retail sale of alcoholic beverages for the purpose of purchasing or to purchase alcoholic beverages for another person who does not, because of his or her age, have the right to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages.
b. under special considerations, students under the age of twenty one may be permitted to participate in an entertainment program. However, consumption of alcohol by those students is not permitted.
3. Personal consumption of alcohol for people 21 years of age or older is permitted in the Heritage and Pioneer apartments and Matelson Hall.
4. Kegs, Beer Balls, and multi-quart containers of alcohol are not permitted on campus at any time.
5. The Organization of, and/or participating in drinking games involved in consumption of alcohol (e.g., beer pong, flip cup, the use of funnels, etc.) is prohibited.
6. Binge drinking and/or otherwise encouraging, supporting or permitting the rapid or excessive consumption of alcohol is prohibited.
7. Coercing or encouraging another to consume alcoholic beverages against their will is prohibited.
8. The following locations are licensed for the serving of beer and wine at scheduled social functions only:
a. Student Center Cafeteria
b. Student Center Ballroom
c. Student Center Terraces
d. Student Center Restaurant
e. Student Center Restaurant Terrace
f. Student Center Second Floor Conference Rooms
g. Wayne Dining Hall
h. Any other defined licensed area
The sale, service and/or consumption of alcohol in locations not listed above, or not part of a scheduled social function with authorized alcohol service, is strictly prohibited. Persons under the legal drinking age shall neither consume nor be served alcohol at such events.
9. No student activities fees may be used for the purchase of alcohol. Any student group wishing to sponsor an event either on or off campus where alcohol is available must first be approved by the Associate Vice President for Campus Life or Designee.
10. Any marketing, advertising, and promotion of alcohol on campus is prohibited. No publicity distributed or posted about special events on or off campus shall indicate the availability of alcohol except to indicate legal age requirements for admission. Servers at such on-campus events shall have been trained in appropriate responsible hospitality practices (e.g.., TIPS, TAMS).
11. Deliveries of alcohol to the campus may not be made by liquor stores or distributors unless specifically authorized. All deliveries to residence halls are prohibited.
12. Carrying or transporting open containers of alcohol is prohibited.
13. Disorderly conduct resulting from the misuse of alcohol is unacceptable and will be considered a serious violation of the Code of Conduct.
Residence Life Alcohol Policy
Residence Life Alcohol Policy (from Residence Life Handbook 2009-2010)
Alcoholic beverages and alcohol containers of any type (empty or full) are prohibited in the Overlook complex, White Hall, Hillside Hall, Century Hall, and High Mountain East and West at all times. Empty bottle collections, decorations, and displays are prohibited in all residence halls and apartments. Selling, distributing, or manufacturing alcohol is also prohibited. Students who participate in or are otherwise present during activities that violate this policy are subject to disciplinary action up to and including eviction from the halls and/or expulsion from the University.
Alcoholic beverages for private consumption by those residents and their guests who are twenty-one and over are allowed only in Pioneer, Heritage and Matelson Halls. Individuals in possession of alcohol upon entering the Apartment complex and Matelson Hall must verify their age with proper identification at the security desk. Residents who are found serving minors are subject to disciplinary action. Alcoholic beverages are restricted to private apartments/rooms with the door closed and are not allowed in public areas (hallways, lounges, etc.).
Kegs and beer balls, and multi-quart containers, empty or full, are restricted from the residence halls. Residents found in possession of the above are subject to dismissal from the residence halls.
At William Paterson University, Alcohol/Drug Education is mandatory for all first year freshmen who are also required to take an Alcohol Education program. Peer programs are also conducted. The University also participates with the New Jersey Higher Education Consortium on Alcohol and other Drug Prevention and Education. These policies are also distributed via mail to all students or e-mail annually. Transfer student receive this information via Health and Education Services.