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Alcohol Policy

Drury University's alcohol policy, definition, sanctions, and regulations.

Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University prohibits the abuse of alcohol by its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.

The unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol by Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens is prohibited on university-owned or -controlled property, in conjunction with university-sponsored or -supervised activities, or at any activity or event that an observer would associate with Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

This policy has been established to protect the integrity of the educational experience, encourage positive behavior and enhance the community commitment of Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

In accordance with the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Drury University is required to
establish a drug and alcohol prevention policy for its students and employees. A biennial review of this program will be done to
determine its effectiveness, to implement changes to the policy if they are needed and to ensure that the university’s disciplinary
sanctions are consistently enforced. Drury University provides Drug Policy information as listed in this handbook and online at


  1. HARD ALCOHOL: Hard alcohol is not permitted on the Drury University campus. Hard alcohol is defined as any alcohol that is distilled rather than fermented. This includes all pre-packaged beverages that contain hard alcohol, as well as all alcohol energy drinks that contain greater than 5.9% alcohol content.
  2. LEGAL AGE PERSONS: Students (and/or guests) of legal age (21+) may possess and consume beer and fermented alcoholic beverages ONLY in the privacy of their own residence unit with the door closed. Consumption is allowed in the presence of your roommate. Guests must be of legal age.
  3. MINOR IN POSSESSION: Students (and/or guests) under the legal age of drinking shall not buy, drink or possess (hold) alcoholic beverages. Under current Missouri law, “possession” has been expanded to include alcohol in one’s system or merely appearing intoxicated, otherwise referred to as “possession by consumption.”
  4. PROVIDING TO A MINOR: No students, collectively or individually, may purchase for, serve to or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor including being in the same room as a minor with alcohol present.
  5. INTOXICATION: Students (and/or guests) shall not act belligerent, exhibit intoxication or be visibly intoxicated.
  6. PERSONAL RIGHTS OF OTHERS: The possession and consumption of alcohol shall not infringe upon the privacy or peace of other individuals.
  7. MASS CONSUMPTION: Items used for the mass consumption of alcohol (beer bongs, kegs, pony kegs, beer balls or other common containers of alcoholic beverages of similar nature) are strictly prohibited.
  8. DRINKING GAMES: No student shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in “drinking games.” The definition of drinking games includes, but is not limited to, the consumption of shots of alcohol or alcoholic beverages, the practice of consuming shots equating to one’s age, “beer pong,” “century club,” “dares” or any other activity involving the consumption of alcohol which involves duress or encouragement related to the consumption of alcohol.
  9. ALCOHOL CONTAINERS: Empty alcohol containers should be immediately disposed of using proper waste/recycling receptacles. Keeping empty alcohol containers for any reason, including those used for decoration is prohibited.
  10. GLASS BOTTLES: Alcohol contained in glass bottles should be immediately poured into a plastic cup and the glass bottle should be immediately disposed of using the proper waste/recycling receptacle. Taking a glass bottle outside is prohibited. Keeping glass bottles for any reason, including those used for decoration is prohibited.
  11. ALCOHOL IN OPEN LOCATIONS: Possession of an open container or consumption of alcoholic beverages in any area other than individual rooms is prohibited. This includes (but is not limited to) Sunderland Field, Drury Lane, Hutchens Field, Harrison Stadium, FSC Fountains, FSC Down-Under area, College Park Common Area, Wallace Hall porch, Smith Hall porch, Sunderland Hall patio and all other academic buildings.
  12. STUDENT ORGANIZATION FUNDS: Under no circumstances may student organization funding be used to purchase alcohol.
  13. STUDENT TRAVEL: All Drury policies apply to students on university-related travel, including the Alcohol Policy.
  14. GREEK ORGANIZATIONS: Greek organizations, including students residing in the Fraternity Quadrangle, are required to follow the Fraternal Information and Programming Guidelines (FIPG) and Drury University Greek Life Policies when planning social events that involve alcohol.
  15. SPECIAL FUNCTIONS: Alcohol (including hard alcohol) may be served to legal age persons for events on campus with special permission from the President of the University with proper protocols in place to prevent the misuse and abuse of alcohol. Events held at the O’Reilly Family Event Center, an auxiliary enterprise, are subject to guidelines and regulations outlined by specific contracted events.

Because Drury University considers student health and safety of the utmost importance, no student seeking medical treatment for the abuse of alcohol or drugs (Medical Amnesty), or assisting another student in obtaining such treatment (Good Samaritan), will be subject to university sanctions punitive in nature. In lieu of punitive sanctions, student(s) may be required to attend a substance abuse education class or assessment. Serious and/or repeated incidents will prompt a higher degree of concern and response. 

Individuals and organizations are required to seek immediate medical assistance for their members or guests when any health risk is observed, including medical emergencies relating to the use of drugs and alcohol. In circumstances where an organization is found to be hosting an event where medical assistance is sought for an intoxicated guest, the organization may be held responsible for violations of the Alcohol or Drug Policy. However, the organization’s willingness to seek medical assistance will be viewed as a mitigating factor in determining sanctions. 

This policy does not preclude sanctions due to any other violations of the Community Standards and does not grant amnesty for possession with intent to distribute drugs.

For certain violations, standard sanctions are already in place. The following sanctions are standard for any alcohol violation. Drury University reserves the right to modify or change any standard sanction dependent upon the severity and nature of the violation.

ALCOHOL: 1st Violation

  • Community service: A minimum of 10 hours of community service
  • Educational sanction: Required attendance at CHOICES alcohol education course
  • Fine: A minimum $50 fine assessed to student account

ALCOHOL: 2nd Violation

  • Community service: A minimum of 20 hours of community service
  • Educational sanction: Reflection paper/presentation
  • Fine: A minimum $100 fine assessed to student account
  • Parent notification: Written parent notification as allowed by FERPA

ALCOHOL: 3rd Violation

  • Community service: A minimum of 40 hours of community service
  • Professional assessment: Referral to off-campus alcohol assessment with required treatment and follow-up through the
  • Counseling Center (assessment fee charged to student)
  • Fine: A minimum $200 fine assessed to student account
  • Disciplinary probation: Loss of social and leadership privileges in campus organizations
  • Parent notification: Written parent notification as allowed by FERPA

ALCOHOL: 4th Violation

  • Disciplinary suspension: Separation from the University for a minimum of one semester.


  • Fine: A minimum $100 fine assessed to student account


  • Fine: A minimum $50 fine assessed to the student account


  • Community Service: 20 hours community service
  • Fine: A minimum $150 fine assessed to the student account