The alcohol policy at Quinnipiac University remains strong this year, with a focus on behavior and age instead of numbers.
In the past, if a student were caught with an open container, they would receive an automatic $100 fine. This year, if a student is caught with alcohol he or she will be confronted by a Resident Assistant.
The incident will be documented and a hall director will review the case and follow up with the individual as necessary.
According to the alcohol policy in the student handbook and Connecticut State Law, consumption, distribution and possession of alcohol is illegal for any person under the age of 21. Therefore, anyone under the age of 21 who is caught with an open container of alcohol could ultimately be subject to a judicial hearing.
The handbook states that students over the age of 21 are allowed to possess and consume alcohol in closed areas. However, students are not allowed to consume alcohol in common or public places, such as hallways or stairwells. Large gatherings, kegs and beer balls are off limits.
Quinnipiac’s goal is to create a safe environment for students.
According to Monique Drucker, assistant dean of Student Affairs, the staff worked hard over the spring and summer to create the new alcohol policy. Student focus groups were formed to give feedback and to help with the policy making.
“We want students to have a good understanding of the policy, and to know that we care and are willing to do whatever it takes to get the student body aware,” said Drucker.
Drucker said that students need to understand the affects that alcohol has on their body and behavior.
“Being safe, smart, and responsible is most important,” said Drucker.
The university has a no tolerance policy for drinking and driving. If any student is caught driving under the influence around Quinnipiac or in their hometown, he or she may face the possibility of expulsion from the university.
“Students need to know that the decisions they make not only affect themselves, but others as well,” said Drucker. “This policy reflects that.”
The Hamden Police Department will be very strict with drinking and will be conducting DUI (drinking under the influence) spot checks around the community. This includes checks on roads as well as in local bars and liquor stores.
The university is providing shuttle services seven days per week to accommodate those students who would like to go off campus, so that students do not feel obligated to drink and drive.
The shuttle will run from 12 noon to 11:50 p.m. from Monday through Wednesday and will run from 10 a.m. to 2:20 a.m. Thursdays through Sundays. The shuttle will make several stops in New Haven.