Use, possession, or distribution of beverages containing alcohol on University property shall comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and University policies and rules. Misconduct that may result in disciplinary action and penalties, which may include separation from the University, includes:
- The purchase, consumption, possession, or transportation, or the attempt to purchase, consume, possess, or transport any beverage containing alcohol by persons under 21 years of age anywhere on premises of the University, specifically including their rooms/house in University residential units.
Note: Effective in the fall of 2008, Penn State Harrisburg became a “dry” campus. Alcohol is not permitted in the Capital Village Apartment Complex or Nittany Village, even for residents who are age 21 or older. For further clarification on the policy statement on beverages containing alcohol, see Student Guide to University Policies and Rules.
- The selling, furnishing, or giving of any beverage containing alcohol to any person under 21 years of age.
- The purchase, consumption, possession or transportation of beverages containing alcohol in open containers. (While there is no state law prohibiting open containers in public, many local governments have enacted such ordinances. In Lower Swatara Township, it is unlawful for a person to transport or possess on his person or transport in a motor vehicle alcohol in an open container in any open area within the Township).
- Any party or gathering at which the rules and policies regarding alcoholic beverages have been violated, or in which the behavior of participants is determined to be disruptive, will be terminated, with a referral being made for violation of University policy.
- Residents will be held responsible for activities held at their residences. The collection of monies during any function where alcoholic beverages are being served is prohibited.
- It is the responsibility of Police Services to enforce the laws of Pennsylvania as well as University rules and regulations. In the event of involvement of Police Services, civil or criminal prosecution as well as University disciplinary action may result.
- Conduct resulting from the consumption of alcohol, that interferes with the rights of others, is prohibited.
The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance, on property owned, leased or controlled by the University is prohibited. Violation of this prohibition may result in disciplinary action including separation from the University, and the violator may be required to participate in a drug abuse assistance or a drug rehabilitation program.
Local guidelines, including Penn State’s Responsible Action Protocol and Pennsylvania’s Medical Amnesty Law, protect students from prosecution for consumption or possession of alcohol when they seek help for a peer who is passed out, unconscious or unresponsive as the result of over-consumption. For more information, review the Medical Amnesty page.