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Welcome to all incoming students, and welcome back to all of our returning students. Classes resume on Tuesday, January 21.
Maryland law states that:
(1) It is unlawful for any minor (a person under age 21) to possess or consume alcoholic beverages;
(2) It is unlawful for any minor to misrepresent or lie about his/her age in order to obtain alcoholic beverages;
(3) It is unlawful for any person to obtain alcoholic beverages on behalf of a minor; and
(4) It is unlawful for any person to consume alcoholic beverages in an open outside area unless authorized to do so by proper officials.
It is the responsibility of all faculty, staff, and students at St.Mary's College to uphold the conditions of this state law. Please refer to page 58 for information on the College's medical amnesty and good samaritan policy where certain violations may be granted amnesty. The College also promotes an active, healthy, social life on campus and accommodates groups that request College facilities for events where alcohol is appropriate.
The Department of Public Safety and the dean of students' staff is responsible for interpreting and enforcing the following campus alcohol policy:
I. No individual, regardless of age, may consume alcoholic beverages in public areas on the campus, such as the lounges, hallways of the residence halls, patios of townhouses, athletic fields, and other facilities and grounds.
II. No individual, regardless of age, may be intoxicated and cause a disturbance and/or endanger the safety of him/herself, another person, and/or property.
III. The sponsors of student events (dances, concerts, etc.) are responsible for keeping the event alcohol-free.
IV. Individuals or groups sponsoring formal or informal events off-campus are responsible for upholding the Maryland alcohol law.
V. Resident students of legal drinking age may possess and consume alcoholic beverages in the privacy of their rooms but they may not supply or store alcoholic beverages to or for anyone under the legal drinking age. Students who are 21 years of age and living with students under the age of 21 may not offer or provide alcohol to underage roommates. In those cases, all alcohol must be kept within the possession of the 21-year-old student. Students who are of age and who choose to drink alcohol are strongly encouraged to drink responsibly and in moderation. It is assumed that alcohol possessed by of-age students is for their personal use and for limited distribution to others who are of age to consume alcohol. Kegs and other similar multi-liter containers are prohibited.
VI. No alcoholic beverages will be allowed at any event on campus unless: (1) The event is sponsored by the College for seniors, alumni, faculty-staff receptions, or any outside group; and (2) The event is held in a controlled space, such as the Alumni Lodge or the Blackistone Room. Requests to sponsor such events must be made through the Events Office and must be approved by the dean of students. College budget accounts (including SGA funds) are by definition State dollars and may not be used to purchase alcohol or provide adult beverage service in any circumstance.
Students are expected to conform to the Maryland state law regarding possession of drugs and paraphernalia and the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities which outlines expected standards for behavior, rights and responsibilities, student conduct policies, judicial procedures for conduct violations, and sanctions. Please refer to page 57 for information on the College's Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan policy where certain violations may be granted amnesty.
Specific to illicit drugs, Article II, Section J states that the following misconduct is subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including expulsion and referral for prosecution, as provided for in this Code:
"J1.Use, possession, or distribution of narcotics or other controlled dangerous substances, and related paraphernalia on College premises, except as expressly permitted by law and College regulations."
At the time of acceptance to the College, all new students are required to sign and return a statement acknowledging receipt of the College's policies and regulations concerning substance abuse.
Any student convicted of violating a criminal drug statute must notify the director of Financial Aid if that student is receiving any form of federal financial aid (for example, Pell Grants).Conviction on any drug-related charge is grounds for forfeiture of federal financial aid.
Students who violate the standards of conduct shall be subject to written or verbal warning, restitution, restriction, forced relocation, work sanctions, counseling, disciplinary probation, disciplinary suspension, and/or dismissal from the College as stated in the Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities which is distributed annually to all students. The College will take disciplinary action based on reasonable available information unless the student voluntarily seeks assistance. Such action will be independent of any civil or criminal process precipitated by the same incident.