Susquehanna University is committed to the education of students when it comes to drugs and the legal, safe, and responsible use of alcohol. The misuse, abuse, or illegal use of alcohol and other drugs – on or off campus – including behaviors that allow underage drinking or promote excessive consumption of alcohol, are prohibited and will be addressed through the Student Conduct System if brought to the attention of university officials. As outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, students may be accountable in both criminal, civil, and university jurisdictions for acts that constitute violations of the law and of the Code of Student Conduct. Susquehanna will cooperate with all agencies responsible for the enforcement of federal and state laws concerning drugs and alcohol.

The University, by this policy, assumes no culpability for the behavior of any individual student with respect to his or her use or non-use of drugs and alcoholic beverages or for the results or consequences of his or her conduct and hereby disclaims such responsibility. In accordance with the intentions of the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, Susquehanna University reserves the right to inform the parents or legal guardians of students under 21 who have violated laws on the use or possession of alcohol or drugs.

The university prohibits the use, possession, and sale of illegal drugs. The university prohibits the sale of alcohol. Students who are 21 years of age or older may possess, for their own use, and/or consume alcoholic beverages only in the privacy of their own rooms or the privacy of a residence hall room of other 21-year-olds. All persons assigned to live in a residence hall room must be 21 years of age or older for the room to contain alcohol. Alcohol may not be stored or consumed in common areas of residence halls. Students who are under the age of 21 may not be present in residence hall rooms where there is alcohol.

Alcohol is not permitted in other campus buildings or outdoors unless associated with an approved campus event. All events with alcohol present must be approved by a member of the president’s senior leadership team or designee. Any university department wishing to have alcohol present at an event must follow appropriate procedures through Events Management.

Student Organizations wishing to have alcohol present at an event must follow the guidelines in the “Registered Events Overview.” Student activities allocations may not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.

Student tailgating is permitted for home athletic games and must be registered appropriately through Events Management and the Office of Leadership & Engagement.