Alcohol Regulations

Lynchburg College policies concerning alcohol are established to:

  • promote healthy lifestyles for students;
  • promote a high-quality environment in College housing, student activities, and other facets of student life;
  • support academic achievement;
  • provide education, health and counseling services, and referral for additional services as needed;
  • provide a reasonable degree of freedom of choice concerning the use or non-use of alcohol within the limits imposed by the educational responsibilities of the College and requirements of the law; and
  • address misuse of alcohol.

Of primary concern is the impact of alcohol on the climate and quality of life in the College community and on the well-being of individuals. Persons age 21 or older who choose to consume alcohol are expected to drink in moderation. To help students make informed, responsible choices, educational materials and presentations are provided. Persons presenting conditions such as drunkenness, incoherence, or loss of consciousness are referred for educational services and/or medical assessment. Additionally, these and other behaviors related to substance use or abuse may be addressed through appropriate disciplinary sanctions.

The Lynchburg College Student Conduct Code includes policies restricting the use of alcohol and other alcohol-related behaviors. Persons under age 21 are prohibited from possessing or using alcoholic beverages. Those 21 and older are permitted the privilege of possessing and using alcoholic beverages in moderation in specifically designated places or at specifically designated functions as indicated:

  1. The possession or use of alcoholic beverages is permitted only by persons who are 21 years of age or older and only as follows:
    • In a student campus residential room with the door closed and:
      • No one under age 21 is present while alcohol is consumed (Exception: A student age 21 or older may consume alcohol in his/her assigned residential room if the only underage person present is his/her roommate.); and
      • One or both of the room’s assigned residents are age 21 or older; and
      • The room is not in a residential area designated to be alcohol-free.
    • Inside College houses, townhouses, and apartments in accordance with the terms of the residential agreement and other guidelines established by the Office of Residence Life
    • In other residential locations on occasions and in accordance with guidelines established by the Office of Residence Life
    • Beer and wine in licensed locations on special occasions for the time, place, and area defined in a banquet license (e.g., licensed Student Activities Board events in Memorial Ballroom or the Pavilion).
  2. Alcoholic beverages may not be possessed or consumed by anyone, regardless of age, in the following residential locations:
    • A campus residential room where all assigned residents are under age 21;
    • Montgomery Hall, Tate Hall, and any other residential facility designated as alcohol-free;
    • Indoor common areas, including lounges, stairwells, and hallways; and
    • Outdoor areas around residential facilities, including porches, yards, sidewalks, parking lots, and streets.

    Residence Life and Security staff members may ask to see the contents of backpacks, bags, or other packages suspected to contain alcohol.

  3. Other prohibited conduct regarding alcohol includes:
    • Possession or consumption of alcohol by an individual under age 21;
    • Serving, selling, or otherwise providing or making available alcohol to a person under 21 years of age;
    • Distribution of alcohol without an ABC license;
    • Collection of money for any purpose where alcohol is present without an ABC license;
    • Driving under the influence of alcohol;
    • Use of alcohol that impairs thought, behavior, or coordination;
    • Presence of a student under age 21 in a campus residential room where alcohol is possessed or used by other individuals under age 21;
    • Possession or use of a keg, community container, or other quantity of alcohol surpassing that reasonable for private, personal use at an unlicensed place, event, or campus residence;
    • Possession of an open container of alcoholic beverage by a person of any age in a lounge, corridor, stairway, or other common area of a residence hall, except on designated occasions;
    • Possession of an open container of alcoholic beverage on campus outside restricted areas;
    • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages at indoor or outdoor athletic facilities or events, except when such facilities are used for licensed social events;
    • Use, possession, sale, serving, or otherwise making available alcoholic beverages at any membership recruitment function;
    • Violation of ABC regulations; and
    • Possession or use of false identification for acquisition of alcohol.
  4. Alcoholic beverages are permitted to be distributed on campus only in licensed areas as follows:
    • Specifically designated locations as defined in a banquet license (e.g., wine or beer in Memorial Ballroom and Westover Room);
    • Any request for an alcohol license other than through the standard Dining Services procedure must go to the President’s Cabinet for approval.
  5. Any event, other than small group socializing in a private room, at which alcoholic beverages are permitted, distributed, or served must be conducted within the following guidelines:
    • Events held in College housing must be registered with and approved by the Office of Residence Life. Events held in non-residential campus buildings must be registered with and approved by the Office of Student Activities and/or the Office of the Dean of Students. Events held outdoors must be approved by the President’s Cabinet in addition to the Office of Student Activities and/or the Office of the Dean of Students.
    • A permit shall be obtained from the local district ABC office.
    • There must be a non-alcohol theme for the event.
    • Individuals sponsoring and conducting the event must implement precautionary measures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not accessible or served to persons under age 21 or to persons who appear to be intoxicated.
    • Direct access to and consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted only within the approved area designated for the event.
    • Non-alcoholic beverages must be available at the same places as alcoholic beverages and featured as prominently as alcoholic beverages.
    • A reasonable portion of the budget for the event shall be designated for purchase of food items.
    • No social event may include any form of “drinking contest” in its activities or promotion.
    • Advertisement for any College event where alcoholic beverages are served must note the availability of non-alcoholic beverages as prominently as alcoholic beverages. Alcohol may not be used as an inducement to participate in a campus event.
    • Promotional materials, including advertisement for any College event, must not make reference to the amount of alcoholic beverages available, such as the number of beer kegs.
    • As appropriate to the size and nature of the event, College-approved security personnel must be present at all times.
    • The sponsoring group or host must be concerned about the condition and safety of those leaving the event and shall implement such techniques as cessation of serving alcohol long enough before the end of event to aid in the assessment of the condition of guests.
  6. Marketing of alcohol on campus is prohibited.
    • Use of advertising and/or promotional materials that promote the use of alcohol are prohibited.

When a student’s use of alcohol is inconsistent with College policies, the misconduct is addressed in accordance with student disciplinary procedures detailed in the Honor and Student Conduct Codes and Regulations. When an individual’s alcohol consumption results in illness or other health/safety emergency, students are encouraged to seek immediate help from Emergency Medical Services, Campus Safety and Security, Residence Life staff, or other emergency agency. To encourage students to act promptly when emergency aid is needed for a person who has consumed alcohol and to discourage delay due to concern about possible disciplinary ramifications of the alcohol consumption, the Office of the Dean of Students may address the alcohol consumption through implementation of the Friendly Referral Practice rather than as a violation of the Student Conduct Code.

When the Friendly Referral Practice is implemented to address an alcohol-related incident, neither the student who requested emergency help nor the student whose alcohol consumption resulted in a medical emergency is issued disciplinary charges or sanctions as a result of violation of alcohol policies. (Non-alcohol policy violations [e.g., possession or use of drugs, property damage, violence] may be addressed through the student disciplinary process.) Instead, the student for whom emergency aid was sought must meet with a representative of the Office of the Dean of Students to discuss the incident, what was learned from it, and any additional alcohol education assigned.

Students are encouraged to seek emergency help promptly for themselves and for others whenever needed. For a student needing emergency medical assistance as a result of alcohol consumption, the Friendly Referral Practice is implemented only once during his/her tenure at Lynchburg College; subsequent incidents of alcohol consumption and/or intoxication that are inconsistent with College policies are addressed through the student disciplinary process.