Teachers College
Columbia University

Alcoholic Beverages


The sale, service, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages at Teachers College are governed by the Alcoholic Beverages Control Law and other New York State and City laws. Teachers College is committed to providing an academic and social environment that supports individual freedom while promoting individual responsibility, health and safety, and community welfare. Based on these laws and principles, it is the policy of Teachers College that:

The following rules are applicable to
a) all events at which alcoholic beverages are served or sold at Teachers College and/or its housing systems;
b) all events, whether or not at Teachers College, that are sponsored by the College or by any College organization, department, or office; and
c) all Teachers College activities, whether they occur at the College or not.

1. Persons under the age of 21 years are prohibited from possessing or consuming any alcoholic beverage at the College, within its housing system, or at any event sponsored by the College or by a College organization, whether the event is at the College or not.
2. No person shall be sold or served any alcohol beverage if:
 A. That person is, or appears to be, under the legal drinking age of 21; or
 B. That person is, or seems to be, intoxicated, or is known to the server or seller to be a problem drinker.

3. No person under the age of 21 years shall present any written evidence of his or her age that is false, fraudulent, or not actually his or her own in order to purchase or try to purchase any alcoholic beverage or to gain access to any event or activity at which any alcoholic beverage is being sold or served.

4. No alcoholic beverage shall be sold to any person unless:
 A. A license or permit sanctioning the sale of such alcoholic beverage has been obtained by the seller; and
 B. The license or permit sanctioning such sale and any posters, signs, notices or other material or information required by applicable law or by the State Liquor Authority are prominently displayed at the site of such sales.

5. The individual(s) and/or group(s) sponsoring an event or activity at which any alcoholic beverage is to be sold or served (the “sponsor”) shall be responsible for ensuring that all New York laws and regulationsi and all Teachers College rules and regulations regarding the sale, service, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages are observed at such event or activity. This responsibility shall include, without being limited to, the following:
 A. The event or activity must comply with this policy, including effective procedures for examining attendees’ evidence of age.
 B. As part of the request to use College facilities, the sponsor must notify the Office of Room Assignments of any event at which alcoholic beverages are to be sold or served.
C. Student groups sponsoring events at which alcoholic beverages are to be sold or served must notify the Office of Student Development and Activities prior to the event.
 D. The sponsor shall instruct the person or persons actually selling or serving alcoholic beverages not to sell or serve alcoholic beverages to any person who is or appears to be intoxicated, or whom such server or seller knows to be a problem drinker, or who is or appears to be under the legal drinking age. In addition, specific policies, procedures, and regulations governing particular facilities or populations may be developed by the persons or offices authorized to do so in conjunction with the Office of the Vice Provost.

6. Actions or situations that recklessly or intentionally endanger mental or physical health or involve forced consumption of liquor or drugs in connection with initiation into or affiliation with any organization are strictly prohibited.

7. Voluntary use of drugs or alcoholic beverages shall not limit the responsibility of a student for the consequences of her or his actions. Students are responsible for their behavior, whether or not they are under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.

8. Anyone in the presence of a severely intoxicated or apparently impaired person is encouraged to contact appropriate College or local medical or safety personnel immediately. Sometimes, students may be reluctant to seek help for those who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs or other controlled substances because they fear disciplinary action. The College encourages students to seek help for individuals who are intoxicated or under the influence of drugs and will take into consideration the
importance of such actions in addressing any violations of the College’s alcohol and drug policies.

9. Violation of this Policy or of any of these specific policies, procedures, or regulations is subject to applicable College disciplinary codes and policies. Sanctions which may be assessed against violators include, for students, suspension and expulsions, and for employees, discharge.

10. Faculty, staff, and students should also be aware that, in addition to College sanctions, they may be subject to criminal penalties for unlawful possession, service, or sale of alcoholic beverages to a person under the age of 21 years.

Responsible office: Associate Provost
Last updated: August 2014

[i] For more information about state and city alcohol laws, see Alcoholic Beverage Control law Sections §§64,65,65BCD and New York City Administrative Code §§10-125.  New York (and all other states) also have civil and criminal laws prohibiting driving under the influence and other alcohol-related conduct and injuries. New York State laws can be found at http://public.leginfo.state.ny.us/MENUGETF.cgi?COMMONQUERY=LAWS+&TARGET=VIEW

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