Each member of the University community must make a personal decision whether or not to drink alcohol. The choice not to drink is an entirely acceptable one. The choice to drink carries with it the obligation to drink responsibly. The University has clear guidelines and definitions for students regarding alcohol consumption. In Holst Hall and the campus apartments, the privileges to drink are clearly defined by the state and federal laws regarding the consumption of alcohol and the University’s alcohol policies. Luther Hall, Wollaeger Hall, and Hyatt Village are “dry” halls, meaning no alcohol is allowed in the hall despite the age of the resident. Residents of Holst Hall and apartment communities may have alcohol in their rooms on a privilege basis. Any Concordia student 21 years of age or older may drink in Holst Hall or apartment communities, however, s/he must follow Concordia’s Alcohol Policy and fill out the application and be approved for alcohol privileges.
Concordia University complies with the laws of the State of Minnesota. Important parts are those summarized below:
- No person may sell, furnish, or give any alcoholic beverage to a person under the age of 21, and no person under the age of 21 may purchase alcoholic beverages. (Reference: Minnesota Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, Section 25658)
- It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages on any street or highway or in any public place or in any place open to public view. (Reference: Minnesota Alcoholic Beverage Control Act, Section 25662)
The University further specifies:
- Eligible Act – All residents and their guests must be 21 years of age to possess, transport, store, or consume alcohol. Storage of alcohol in a room where a minor resides is prohibited.
- Students wishing to receive alcohol privileges must successfully complete AlcoholEdu and a quiz on CSP’s alcohol policy. Once AlcoholEdu is successfully completed, the resident must notify the Associate Dean of Students to schedule a meeting to take the next quiz. Once both pieces are successfully completed, the resident will be added to the privilege list.
- Students who have successfully completed AlcoholEdu within 12 months of renewal, will not need to retake AlcoholEdu. The student will need to complete the quiz on CSP’s policy.
- Eligible Use in “Wet” Rooms Only – Students who make the choice to consume alcohol and wish to do so on-campus must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Only persons 21 years of age or older are allowed to consume alcoholic beverages on campus.
- Students must have privileges prior to possessing or consuming alcohol in their room. Approved applicants information is kept in a shared document between Residence Life, Security, and Judicial Affairs. Drinking privileges must be renewed yearly. Those who possess, store or consume alcohol before their drinking privileges have been approved or renewed will be in violation of policy.
- Those with drinking privileges may consume alcohol in “wet” rooms only. A “wet” room is defined as any room in which all residents of that apartment are of legal drinking age and have received on-campus alcohol privileges. Any Concordia student in the room must also have alcohol privileges. All those present must adhere to policies governing noise and other common courtesies. The apartment door must be closed and alcohol must be consumed in a manner that does not disturb surrounding residents’ rooms. Alcohol consumption is not permitted in any public areas within the University. Alcohol is not allowed in Luther Hall, Wollaeger Hall, or Hyatt Village despite the age of the residents.
- All individuals in a “wet” room must have a University ID if a Concordia student and a valid, state-issued ID if not a student.
- Hosting Events – Any resident wishing to host a private party and consume alcoholic beverages must fill out an Event Registration Form and have approval from the Residence Life Manager. A private party is defined as a gathering of 4 or more people in a single/studio, 7 or more people in a 2-bedroom/double, or 8 or more people in a 4-bedroom/quad apartment. The maximum number of people allowed in each room is based on fire safety codes. The Event Registration form must be turned in no later than 48-hours prior to the registered event for approval. Late forms are subject to be denied approval.
- Open Containers – No one, regardless of age, may have an open container of alcohol (e.g. can, cup, bottle) in a public area (including grounds, parking lots, hallways, lounges, fitness room, mail room, etc) at any time.
- Common Sources of Alcohol – Kegs (including those which are empty or untapped), party balls, bulk sources of alcohol, or any item used to facilitate the rapid consumption or distribution of alcohol is not permitted. Alcohol may not be manufactured or produced.
- Personal and Guest Behavior – Obvious intoxication is not appropriate in the University community. The consumption of an intoxicating beverage is not considered an excuse for irresponsible behavior. Individual residents are responsible for their own actions as well as the actions of their guest(s).
- Irresponsible Drinking and Excessive Use – Irresponsible drinking on or off campus, especially when it directly affects the individual and members of the Concordia University community, will not be tolerated. Those of legal drinking age are reminded to act responsibly when drinking. Individuals should not “protect” severely intoxicated individuals from coming to the attention of University staff or emergency personnel. A person or group who fails to seek assistance for an individual suffering from severe intoxication may be subject to judicial action.
- Providing Alcohol to Minors – Providing alcohol to minors is a serious breach of state law and University policy. Students who are found to have provided alcohol to minors, including hosting alcohol parties with or for underage individuals, will face disciplinary sanctions.
- Alcohol Confiscation –Security may confiscate the alcohol containers if the possession of alcoholic beverages is in violation of state law and/or University policy.
- Safety – The inability to exercise care for one’s own safety or the safety of others due in whole or part to alcohol consumption is considered a violation of policy.
Collections/Displays – Alcohol container collections and/or displays (empty or unopened) are not permitted.
Last modified: January 25, 2018