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Alcohol & Drug Policies

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Laws and regulations regarding the use of alcohol and drugs may be different in the United States than what you are used to in your home country. While you may have been permitted to consume alcohol in your home country, if you are not 21 years of age or older, it is not legal to do so here in the United States. You should be familiar with both New York State Law and The College at Brockport’s Alcohol Policy, Procedures and Guidelines as outlined below.

You can also refer to the Student Policies webpage for additional information.

New York State Alcohol Law

New York State Law says “No person shall sell, deliver or give away or cause or permit or procure to be sold, delivered or given away any alcoholic beverages to any person, actually or apparently under the age of twenty-one years.”

SUNY College at Brockport Alcohol Policy

General policies covering the use of alcoholic beverages on campus:

1. Abuse of alcohol:

  • Obvious abuse of alcohol is prohibited.
  • Intoxication is not an excuse for the violation of College rules and expectations.

2. Age restrictions:

  • Persons under 21 are not permitted to purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
  • All persons are prohibited from selling, serving or giving away alcoholic beverages to persons under 21 years of age and are prohibited from purchasing alcoholic beverages for persons under 21.

3. Charging for alcoholic beverages:

  • A student-sponsored event, which is to have a cash bar as a supplement to the main activity, is to be approved by the Vice President for Student Affairs or designee.
  • An event may be approved only if scheduled in an area operated by BASC, including the New York Room and President’s Dining Room in Cooper Hall, the Gallery Restaurant in the College Union, and the dining halls and Off the Tracks in Harrison Hall.
  • Other areas, including Union Square food court in the College Union or another area on campus, may be requested under special circumstances through the Vice President for Student Affairs. All BASC guidelines and requirements as outlined in BASC’s Alcohol Policy for catered events must also be adhered to.


In addition to this policy, you should be familiar with the Residence Halls/Student Townhomes Alcohol Policy , which strictly outlines policies and guidelines for alcohol possession and consumption within the residential areas of campus, including all residence halls and student townhomes.

Tobacco and Drug Regulations

Tobacco use is strictly prohibited within any buildings on campus, including the residence halls and townhomes. Smoking is not allowed in or within 25 feet of any part of the residence halls.

Possession and use of illicit drugs is also prohibited not only by The College at Brockport but under state and local laws as well. This includes the use of marijuana. The College at Brockport complies with the Drug-free Schools and Communities Act as outlined here.

Enforcement and Consequences

Alcohol, tobacco and illicit drug policies are strictly enforced on campus, and students found in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action through the student conduct or legal system.

Counseling Services

Substance use is a common experience for many students. While it does not interfere with daily life for most students, some do find that their substance use has a large impact on their daily activities. Because of this, The College at Brockport has a drug and alcohol specialist available to talk with students regardless of what their concern may be.

For more information, contact the Counseling Center.

Additionally, students can seek help from the Office of Health Promotions or the Office of International Student Services.

Healthy alternatives

There are many healthy alternatives available to students at The College at Brockport.

Late Night with Ellsworth is a series of late night programs supervised by the Offices of Campus Life and Health Promotions. These events are held on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the academic year and focus on entertainment, recreation, wellness and more.

The Office of Campus Life also offers a variety of other activities, including clubs and organizations, weekend getaways and other programming efforts. Find out more by visiting their website.

Last Updated 6/7/11