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Alcohol Use and Underage Drinking

Brown University’s policies prohibit the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of alcohol by Brown University students, faculty and staff. All members of the Brown University community are expected to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities pursuant to institutional policy, and federal, state and local laws and regulations.

It is unlawful for individuals who have not attained the age of 21 to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages. It is also unlawful to deliver alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21, or misrepresent oneself as having attained the age of 21 to procure alcoholic beverages. There are no exceptions to these laws that are applicable to members of the Brown University community.

Brown University students are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to alcohol. The illegal possession, use, provision, sale, or possession with the intent to sell alcohol is prohibited by University regulations. Students seeking to sponsor activities where alcoholic beverages are to be served must have all required University approvals and abide by established University procedures.

Similarly, Brown University employees are expected to comply with all federal, state, and local laws pertaining to alcohol. All employees are prohibited from unlawful manufacture, distribution, possession or use of alcohol (except as is lawful, and permissible under Rhode Island law and University policies), on the property of Brown University or as part of any of its activities.

Students violating University policies with respect to alcohol will be disciplined in accordance with Brown University’s Non-Academic Disciplinary Code. Employees violating University policies with respect to alcohol will be disciplined in accordance with procedures outlined in Brown University’s employee handbook and/or the faculty rules and regulations.

A student or employee who is in violation of Brown University’s policies on alcohol shall be subject to sanctions in accordance with Brown University policies and procedures. Disciplinary action involving alcohol violations by students may result in the imposition of a range of penalties (and fines) as specified in Brown University’s Non-Academic Disciplinary Code. Cases involving employees will result in disciplinary sanctions up to and including termination. Any disciplinary action imposed by the University may be in addition to any penalty imposed by an off-campus authority. Both students and employees are subject to prosecution under applicable state or federal laws.