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The use, possession or
distribution of any controlled substance or prescription drug not accompanied
by a proper prescription is forbidden within the residence halls. Additionally,
we do not permit any paraphernalia that could reasonably be expected to be used
in relation to non-prescribed drug use. Violations of this regulation will
result in confiscation, disciplinary action and, if appropriate, civil/criminal
action. All items confiscated are destroyed. RISD offers no safe environment
for, nor protection of, any individual subject to criminal investigation, and
cooperates fully with local authorities.
Rhode Island state law and
college policy forbid the possession or consumption of alcohol by individuals
under the age of 21. It also prohibits individuals of legal age from supplying
alcohol to minors. For students who are 21 years of age or older, alcohol
consumption in the residence halls is permitted within certain guidelines and
stipulations as outlined below.
The spirit of the alcohol
policy strives to permit acceptable, responsible use of alcohol by students of
legal age who choose to do so. Students are reminded that consistent or
excessive use of alcohol, even without contributing to other behavioral
problems, is not acceptable. In support of this position, collections or
displays of empty alcohol containers are not allowed.
alcohol is permitted in any of the First-Year Residence Halls (Homer, Nickerson, East and South Halls, Carpenter and Pardon Miller Houses).
Also, containers that could reasonably be expected to contain alcohol, such as
kegs, or alcohol bottles or cans, are not permitted, even if empty.
As provided in RISD’s “Good Samaritan” policy,
students who voluntarily and proactively seek help for their own use of such substances
or for that of others ordinarily will not be charged for such use under the
controlled substances provision of the Code of Student Conduct.
for Alcohol Use in Upperclass Housing
- Students of legal drinking
age may possess and consume alcohol subject to other guidelines contained
herein. Alcohol may only be consumed within the private room, apartment, suite
or loft of the student who is of legal drinking age. Alcohol may not be
consumed in any lounges, hallways or other areas accessible to all residents of
- No alcohol may be sold in a
residence hall at any time. Also, no brewing, fermenting or distillation to
produce any type of alcohol is permissible.
- No student may possess more
than two liters of wine, or one liter
of spirits, or a dozen 16 oz. bottles
or cans of beer, cider, or similar alcoholic beverage. No kegs, beer balls or
similar items are allowed.
- Parties for “of age”
students where alcohol is served may be permitted with prior approval from the
Director of Residence Life. If students younger than 21 will be present, no
alcohol is allowed under any circumstances. A party is defined as any gathering
of more than six people.
In instances when misconduct
occurs, being under the influence of controlled substances is not a mitigating
factor or excuse when judging responsibility and determining consequences. Consequences for residents who violate RISD's
controlled substance policies include parental notification when deemed
appropriate. Serious or repeated
violations may also result in relocation within, or removal from, RISD housing
or suspension or dismissal from the college.