The following policy is designed to foster an atmosphere of individual and community responsibility as outlined in the college academic vision of Education for Individual and Social Responsibility and encompass the Olivet College Compact.
In addition, the policy is designed to:
1. Adhere to all federal, state and local laws regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages.
2. Stress moderation, safety and individual accountability for those who choose to drink lawfully.
3. Provide information and education.
4. Work toward a college atmosphere that is free of pressure for those who choose not to drink.
5. Prevent alcohol abuse and its effects.
All members of the college community are expected to comply with college policy, and city, county, state and federal laws regarding the unlawful possession, use or distribution of alcohol. Consistent with the principles in The Olivet College Compact, it is the responsibility of each student and employee to report infractions of the Olivet College alcohol policy to Campus Safety officers.
Intoxication is prohibited on campus. Intoxication includes but is not limited to: slurred speech, unsteady gate, excessive noise, odor of alcohol, disrespect of authority, slow verbal response, etc.
The first step toward prevention of alcohol abuse is education. Alcohol awareness programs such as AlcoholEdu will be promoted through the curriculum and co-curriculum. Clubs, organizations, societies and athletic teams will be asked to make their members knowledgeable about the alcohol policy, including the sanctions.
Supplying Alcohol to Minors
Anyone found responsible by a judicial board for supplying alcohol to minors will be turned over to the local police department, along with all testimony and information in regards to the case.
Furnishing And/or Consuming Alcohol
Students and guests of students who are of legal drinking age and desire to consume alcohol on college premises should abide by The Olivet College Compact.
1. Consumption of alcohol in the presence of a person below the legal drinking age is not permissible in the residence halls, theme houses and the Gillette Student Village.
There may only be one open and unfinished container (single serving) per person of legal drinking age in the room. A single serving is defined as one shot (one ounce) or one beer
(12 ounces) or one glass of wine (4 ounces) or one mixed drink (6 ounces = one ounce alcohol, 5 ounces of mixer and ice).
2. No more than one case of beer (up to 12 cans) or 1 pint of liquor or one bottle (750 ml) of wine or three 40-ounce containers of beer are to be in a room at any time.
3. Students of legal drinking age may consume alcohol in their residence hall room, with the door closed, as long as they are also in compliance with the visitation policy.
4. Students under 21 years of age found with alcohol on their breath or other signs of alcohol in their system will be considered in violation of the Olivet College alcohol policy.
5. Consumption of alcohol in common areas of the college premises, including the
Gillette Student Village is not permissible, except on the premises of society houses or theme houses, and in designated areas during a registered social function.
6. Possession of common sources of alcohol or consumption of alcohol from common sources such as kegs, trash cans, etc., is not permissible.
7. College funds cannot be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
8. Devices for rapid consumption (e.g. funnels, beer bongs) and all other alcohol-related paraphernalia are prohibited.
9. Persons serving or providing alcohol to minors are in violation of the college alcohol policy.
10. No alcoholic beverages are permitted in the all-freshmen living areas or substance-free living areas.
11. Olivet College employees may not purchase for or distribute alcohol to any student on college premises or at college related events.
12. Alcohol may be served at specifically designated events hosted or approved by the Offices of the President or Institutional Advancement. Olivet College students and employees may be invited to attend these events, but only those of legal drinking age may consume alcohol at these events.
13. Full-time Residence Life staff are not allowed to consume alcohol with students.
14. Resident assistants are not allowed to consume alcohol while on duty.
15. Any drinking game is prohibited.
Minimum fine of $150 to be paid to Student Services; an assessment by a college health official; and adherence to the findings and recommendations of the judicial board for educational sanctions. (Educational sanctions may include, but are not limited to, attendance at two Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, 20 hours of community service, and/or contact of coach, if a student athlete.)
Minimum fine of $300 to be paid to Student Services; an assessment by a college health official; and adherence to the findings and recommendations of the judicial board for educational sanctions. (Educational sanctions may include, but are not limited to, attendance at 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, 50 hours of community service, and contact of coach, if athlete.)
Suspension from Olivet College residence halls for a length of time (at least one week) to be determined at the sanctions phase of a judiciary hearing and a minimum $500 fine.
Community service hours must be completed within 30 days of violation. If sanctions are not completed within the designated time, students may be subject to more severe sanctions that may include, and are not limited to, more severe fines, suspension and expulsion. There are no exceptions.
Alcohol Policy Judicial and Appeals Process
Students and student organizations charged with violating the College Alcohol Policy will be subject to the judicial and appeals process.
Medical Amnesty Protocol
The Medical Amnesty Protocol (MAP) is designed to encourage students to call for help in an alcohol-related medical emergency.
Under the Medical Amnesty Protocol
• A student in need of medical help is not subject to judicial action for underage possession of alcohol or limited disorderly conduct if that student completes a required psycho educational intervention at the Abbott Road Counseling office in the lower level of the library.
• An individual who calls for emergency assistance on behalf of a person experiencing an alcohol-related emergency is not subject to judicial action for underage possession of alcohol, provision of alcohol to an underage person, or limited disorderly conduct.
• If a representative of an organization hosting an event calls for medical assistance, this act of responsibility will mitigate any judicial consequences against the organization that may arise.
• Students/organizations will become exempt from MAP under the following circumstances: repeated alcohol offenses and/or abuse of MAP, disrespectful behavior during an emergency, further offenses involving college policy during or immediately following the event or under the discretion of a hall director and vice president for Student Life.
Sanctions under Michigan State Law-Alcoholic Liquor
1. A person less than 21 years of age shall not purchase, consume, or possess alcoholic liquor. Violation of this law could result in a penalty of 93 days in jail and/or a $500.00 fine.
2. A person less than 21 years of age who uses fraudulent identification to purchase alcoholic liquor is guilty of a misdemeanor and will be subject to the penalties listed below.
• 93 days in jail and/or a $500.00 fine;
• 90-day suspension of driver’s license.
Illegal Drug Policy
In accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989
(Public Law 101-226) the following information is provided for all students. The unlawful possession, use or distribution of drugs and alcohol on the college campus, at college sponsored activities or in society houses is strictly prohibited. Olivet College is a drug-free campus and does not tolerate the use, possession, sale or exchange of illegal drugs or drug paraphernalia. If a student is found where drug use or paraphernalia exists, he/she will be disciplined under the drug use policy.
Specifically, students shall not:
• Possess, use, manufacture, sell, exchange or otherwise distribute any drug prohibited by local, state and/or federal law. A student found with the odor of marijuana on his/her person and/or other signs of drug use will be suspected of violating the Olivet College illegal drug policy. A student’s vehicle, dorm room and personal clothing may be searched by Campus Safety and/or Residence Life staff to determine whether the student is in violation.
• Students in possession of scales, containers, and/or other drug selling paraphernalia will be considered dealers and subject to suspension or expulsion on top of additional fines.
• Possess or use drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia is any item designed for the use of illegal drugs, or any item fashioned for the purpose of facilitating or disguising drug use. Examples are: bongs, rolling papers and pipes.
Students found responsible for violating this policy will face at least the following sanctions:
• First violation – Disciplinary probation for a minimum of one year, substance abuse assessment to be completed within 30 days of the hearing date, a maximum $500 fine and/or suspension or expulsion. If suspended or expelled the student will be banned from Olivet College. A trespass notice will be sent to all Olivet College employees. If seen on campus, he/she will be considered trespassing.
• Second violation - Suspension from Olivet College for at least one year. These are minimum sanctions. Additional sanctions including expulsion may be used depending on the severity of the violation and the student’s prior record. If suspended or expelled, the student will be banned from Olivet College.
Smoking and tobacco use, i.e., chewing, is prohibited in all buildings, residence halls and offices. Any derivatives that result from smoking or tobacco use, i.e. cigarette butts, ashes or chew bottles, which are found within any of the areas stated above, will be recognized as evidence confirming violation of the tobacco policy. Smoking is not allowed in the Cutler Athletic Complex or at the main entrance or front entrance to any campus building.