Alcohol & Drug Policy

Alcohol

Bates College observes all laws governing the use of alcoholic beverages within the State of Maine and does not condone violation of these laws by any student at any time. Students are held personally responsible for complying with all aspects of Maine laws and Bates alcohol policy. The prohibitions of the Bates Student Conduct Code and Maine law include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. The sale of alcoholic beverages by any person who does not have a license to sell such beverages in full force and effect at the time of the sale;

2. The sale of alcoholic beverages by any person to a person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

3. Consumption or purchase of alcoholic beverages by any person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

4. The furnishing of, procurement of or delivery of alcoholic beverages to a person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

5. The furnishing of, procurement of, or delivery of alcoholic beverages to a person who is intoxicated;

6. The presentation of any written or oral evidence of age which is false, fraudulent, or not a person’s own for the purpose of ordering, purchasing, or attempting to purchase or otherwise procuring or attempting to procure intoxicating liquor by a person who has not attained the age of 21 years;

7. Transportation by automobile within the state of Maine of alcoholic beverages by any person who has not attained the age of 21 years.

8. Possession or consumption of hard alcohol or any beverage containing hard alcohol by any student on the premises of the College, at any College-sponsored event, or while the student is engaged in a College-related activity.

Violations of Maine law at reserved (“blue-slipped”) College facilities or at scheduled events occur at the risk of the individuals involved and are not the responsibility of the College.

Marijuana and Other Drugs

The College will use all of its counseling resources to help students involved with drugs. The College, however, bears the major responsibility for the welfare of the student body. Therefore, possession, distribution or the use of any illegal drug (including use of prescription medication prescribed to another), renders a student liable to disciplinary action, including confiscation of materials, dismissal and referral to local police authorities

Policy Violations

Student violations of these policies governing drugs and alcohol are subject to disciplinary action, which may include referral to counseling, revocation of the privilege of using College facilities for such events if student groups or organizations are involved and/or referral of individuals to the Committee on Student Conduct. Sanctions that may be imposed by the Committee include but are not limited to: verbal warning; letter of censure; exclusion from various College social and/ or ceremonial activities; disciplinary probation; mandatory referral to a counseling program; suspension for a designated period of time; suspension with readmission contingent on proof of counseling or successful completion of a rehabilitation program and/or dismissal from the College.

Alcohol and marijuana violations will typically fall within the college’s Three Strike Policy. Incidents involving the distribution of marijuana or involving illegal drugs other than marijuana are handled outside of the strike system and would most likely result in a referral to the Student Conduct Committee and may include police involvement

The College reserves the right to involve law enforcement authorities and/or undertake legal proceedings against a student.