Alcoholic Beverage Policy

The primary educational focus of the University is to create a safe and comfortable environment that fosters learning. Therefore, the University is committed to establishing a comprehensive program to prevent high-risk drinking behaviors as well as prevent the unlawful use, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages. The University will work to provide an environment that supports those who choose not to drink as well as those of legal age who choose to consume alcohol responsibly.

The University expects students to recognize their personal responsibility in contributing to this learning and living environment by considering the impact of their decisions on themselves as well as the community regarding the use of alcohol. Behavior that infringes on the physical and emotional well-being of oneself or others and/or their pursuit of scholarship is unacceptable. The University does not condone underage drinking and considers intoxication (identified by slurred speech, erratic behavior, or difficulty with physical coordination), disorderliness, and/or offensive behavior deriving from the use of alcoholic beverages to be unacceptable, regardless of the person’s age. Intoxication or alcohol abuse will not be accepted as an excuse for unlawful behavior or misconduct.

Persons under the age of 21 are not permitted to consume or possess alcoholic beverages under any circumstances regardless of location and may not be in the presence of those consuming or possessing alcohol in University assigned residences regardless of age. (See Residence Life Policies here for more detailed expectations regarding alcohol.)

Drinking and the carrying of open containers in public areas on University premises are not permitted (unless specifically authorized in designated areas for special events). The sale, manufacture, or purchase of any alcoholic beverage on University premises is prohibited. Drivers or passengers in University vehicles and University-sponsored vehicles may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages.

Students are responsible for the activity that occurs in their residence whether on or off campus. Therefore, students providing their residence as a place for those under 21 to consume alcoholic beverages, either intentionally or recklessly (leaving residence unsecured, not monitoring guests), is not permitted.

Student safety and drinking responsibly are the University’s main priority with regard to the legal consumption of alcohol. Therefore, we expect students of legal drinking age to set a positive example to all minors by discouraging alcohol-related behavior that is abusive to oneself or to others. Resident students and their guests who are 21 or older may consume moderate amounts of alcohol in University residences in the privacy of their rooms with the door closed and in a manner that recognizes the rights of others. (See Residence Life Policies for more detailed expectations regarding the use of alcohol).

Members of the University community are expected to be aware of and obey federal, state, and municipal laws or ordinances regulating the use, possession, sale or manufacture of alcoholic beverages. Those who are cited for violations of law or ordinances by municipal, state, or federal authorities will also face University conduct proceedings.

The University reserves the right to take disciplinary action against any student for off-campus behavior that violates this policy. This includes study abroad and immersion experiences.

Students found responsible for first and second time violations of this policy through the conduct process will be assigned disciplinary actions that include a combination of the following: a disciplinary status such as University Warning, Community Probation, or University Probation; an educational program; a reflection exercise; community work hours; fines up to two hundred and fifty dollars ($250.00); coach notification if applicable; parent/guardian notification; and mentoring. (Go to for a specific list of actions associated with alcohol violations).


  1. The Assistant to the Vice President of Student Affairs or designee must approve events involving alcohol where students are present, additionally provisions for security must be coordinated with the Associate Director of The Office of Student Engagement.
  2. All alcohol must be purchased, sold, and handled by JCU Dining Services for events held in areas where JCU Dining Services holds the contract rights. Persons sponsoring activities with alcohol held in other areas of campus must obtain the appropriate permits. Alcoholic beverages are not to be sold at any event held in a University facility not covered by a state liquor license.
  3. Students will be admitted to events only with a validated John Carroll University ID card and current state identification.
  4. At all events where alcohol is served, non-alcoholic beverages must be provided by the sponsor in adequate proportion to the alcoholic beverages on hand. The sponsor also must provide food.
  5. No one should be coerced, even subtly, to drink or overindulge. A social event that encourages drunkenness as a theme, or the advertisement of such an event, is unacceptable and will not be permitted. Advertising or promoting alcohol as a primary attraction of an event and the marketing of alcohol by beverage manufacturers, distributors, clubs, or organizations are prohibited.
  6. Alcohol cannot and will not be served to intoxicated persons.
  7. For off-campus activities with alcohol, a third party vendor is required.


  1. All marketing and publicity used on-campus must never encourage violating any University policy.
  2. Marketing and publicity materials must neither encourage any form of alcohol abuse nor make reference to the amount of alcoholic beverages.
  3. Alcoholic beverages must not be provided as awards to individual students, campus groups, campus organizations or teams.
  4. No uncontrolled sampling as part of campus marketing programs shall be permitted and no sampling or other promotional activities shall include “drinking contests”.
  5. Where controlled sampling is allowed by law and University policy, it must be limited as to time and quantity. The consumption of alcohol must not be the sole purpose of any promotional activity.
  6. Promotional activities must not be associated with otherwise existing campus events or programs without the prior knowledge and consent of the Office of Student Engagement.
  7. Display or availability of promotional materials must follow the posting policy developed by the Office of Student Engagement go to .
  8. The Office of Student Engagement must approve advertising or marketing for an event that has alcohol available.