We are excited to have you living in Kreidler Hall/South Hall this year. All residents are required to complete this online module to ensure the community is familiar with the Alcoholic Beverages Policy, and it allows us to address any questions you may have pertaining to this policy. Completing this course will allow you to have alcohol in your room/apartment only if you and your guest(s) are 21 years of age and above.
Please reference the Traditional Hall Housing Guide for any additional clarification. Your Resident Director is available for any questions you may have about the policy or anything else that pertains to living in Kreidler Hall/South Hall.
This course will cover:
- Health and wellness associated with alcoholic beverages
- Safety tips for responsible hosting
- The Student Rights and Responsibilities Alcoholic Beverages Policy
- Campus Safety Tips
After you have gone through the tabs please fill out the form at the end. This is vital to our records and your ability to have alcohol present in your room/apartment.
Top Ten Tips For Responsible Hosting in Kreidler Hall/South Hall
1. Do not allow anyone younger than 21 years of age to be present when alcoholic beverages are consumed in your room/apartment.
2. Put yourself in the mind of a non-drinker. Do not force drinks on your guests or rush to refill their glasses right away. Some guests may accept drinks they do not want in order to avoid appearing rude, or to keep up with the party.
3. Always serve food, especially high protein foods like cheese and meats that stay in the stomach longer, slowing down the absorption of alcohol into the bloodstream. Note: Although food causes alcohol to be digested more slowly, it has no effect on the pace alcohol leaves your system. Food will NOT sober a person up, only time will do that.
4. Do not mix alcohol with drugs. Both legal and illegal drugs may interact with alcohol.
5. Avoid mixing alcohol with carbonated beverages and caffeine. Carbonation accelerates the effects of alcohol in the body, and caffeine can mask alcohol’s effects.
6. Serve only one drink at a time, no pitchers! Pitchers or shots encourage over-consumption or binging, and on that note, avoid drinking games!
7. Always have non-alcoholic drinks available for guests, especially juices, water, or tea.
8. DON’T LET PEOPLE DRINK AND DRIVE. Car pooling and cabs can save lives. It’s the responsibility of everyone (especially the host of the party) to stop drinkers from driving. If necessary, take away the car keys and invite guests to spend the night.
9. Have only a moderate amount of alcohol in your room/apartment. Remember a stocked bar or excessive amounts of alcohol are a violation of the policy!
10. Of critical importance: Be careful who you invite. If you invite good friends who are mature social drinkers, you should not have a problem throwing a safe and fun party. If you invite strangers or people who are not responsible around alcohol, you are opening the door for trouble.
Be a good neighbor. Keep noise activity to a reasonable level to not negatively impact those that live near you.
If you choose to drink:
- Remember, you are in control of the choices you make, and you can make responsible choices when it comes to drinking alcohol.
- Responsible drinking may mean choosing not to drink, especially when you are the designated driver, when you are sick or taking medication, or even when you are hosting a party.
- Responsible drinking means that you never have to feel sorry for what you did while drinking, because you maintain control of yourself and do not drink to get drunk.
When someone has too much to drink:
- If you are hosting a party, or are out with friends, it’s important to know if someone has had too much to drink. A fun night out can quickly turn into a medical emergency if someone has alcohol poisoning.
- Alcohol depresses nerves that control involuntary actions such as breathing and the gag reflex (which prevents choking). A fatal dose of alcohol will eventually stop these functions. It is common for someone who drank excessive alcohol to vomit since alcohol is an irritant to the stomach. There is then the danger of choking on vomit, which could cause death in a person who is not conscious because of intoxication.
- You should also know that a person’s blood alcohol concentration (BAC) can continue to rise even while he or she is passed out. Even after a person stops drinking, alcohol in the stomach and intestine continues to enter the bloodstream and circulate throughout the body.
Symptoms to Watch for Alcohol Poisoning
TIPSY is the acronym to remember when looking for symptoms of alcohol poisoning:
YOU GET HELP!
While these are general signs of alcohol poisoning, not all individuals will experience these symptoms or signs. If you notice anything “off” with a friend, call for help. It is better to be safe than sorry.
Student Rights and Responsibilities Protocol
Alcoholic Beverages Policy
- With the changes in Kreidler Hall/South Hall, the Alcoholic Beverages Policy remains the same in regards to underage violation. Having alcohol in a room/apartment when all guests are not 21+ is a violation of the Alcohol Policy.
- You may not transport or bring alcohol to an room or apartment that is not your own.
- Having alcohol in a room/apartment when the resident has not completed this course is a violation of the Alcohol Policy regardless of age.
- Students who are present in a room/apartment while a policy violation is occurring are responsible per PLU policy. When circumstances are compelling, a Conduct Body may choose not to sanction students who are found responsible for a first alcohol violation. However, the violation remains a part of the student’s record.
- For more information, please visit: https://www.plu.edu/srr/
The following guidelines are used when sanctions are assigned for violations of PLU’s Alcoholic Beverages Policy. This includes failing to comply with any aspect of the specific components of the Kreidler Hall/South Hall Alcoholic Beverages Policy. Loss of this privilege will also be considered.
If policy violations occur:
First Alcohol Policy Violation
- Required completion of an alcohol education workshop and payment of $100.00 workshop fee.
- Required completion of a 2-3 page structured reflection essay and a follow-up meeting with assigned staff to discuss the essay and to develop a plan of action for future success and policy compliance.
- Pending the nature of the incident the student may be required to complete a substance use assessment and comply fully with any resulting recommendations.
- The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities may require that parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for a first alcoholic beverages violation be notified of their student’s behavior.
Second Alcohol Policy Violation
- Required completion of an Ethics Workshop, with an included $75 workshop fee.
- A one-on-one meeting with an assigned PLU staff member to develop a plan of action for future success and policy compliance.
- Parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for violating the Alcoholic Beverages Policy two times will be notified of their student’s behavior pattern.
- Pending the nature of the incident, the student may be required to complete a substance use assessment and comply fully with any resulting recommendations.
- Pending the nature of the incident, the student may be placed on Disciplinary Probation and may therefore be ineligible to retain campus housing, participate in study-away programs, hold elected or appointed student offices and/or participate in athletic or performance groups. Academic advisors of students who are on disciplinary probation may be notified.
Third Alcohol Policy Violation
- Students who are found responsible for violating PLU’s Alcoholic Beverages Policy a third time will be placed on Disciplinary Probation.
- Follow-up projects must include a follow-up meeting with assigned PLU staff and may include a follow-up educational project that benefits the PLU community.
- Parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for violating the Alcoholic Beverages Policy three times will be notified of their student’s behavior pattern.
- Pending the student’s prior sanction record, the student will be required to complete a substance use assessment and comply fully with any resulting recommendations. This assessment must be administered via a state accredited substance treatment program and will be done at the student’s expense.
- Violating this policy could result in removal from Kreidler Hall/South Hall campus housing.
Fourth Alcohol Policy Violation
- A student who violates PLU’s Alcoholic Beverages Policy a fourth time demonstrates either blatant disregard for PLU’s policies and/or behaviors that raise concern for her/his personal well-being.
- The Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities will recommend suspension from the university for a minimum of one semester for any student who violates PLU’s Alcoholic Beverages Policy a fourth time.
- Parents or guardians of students who have been found responsible for violating the Alcoholic Beverages Policy four times will be notified of their student’s behavior pattern.
PLU expects students to seek help for friends who need medical attention regardless of the circumstances. The university is concerned about the safety and well-being of students who require emergency medical attention and/or are transported to the hospital due to alcohol misuse. Such students will meet with a PLU administrator and may be offered a written alternative course of action to the Student Conduct process (i.e., referral to the Counseling Center or Health Center). If the student fails to follow through recommendations made by the PLU administrator, or is involved in an additional incident, the matter will be formally referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities. All documentation related to emergency medical attention and/or hospital transportation will be included in the student’s conduct file.
Campus Safety Information
What to expect when Campus Safety or Residential Life staff has come to your room/apartment…
- If Campus Safety is called to a residence hall room/apartment for a complaint and has reason to believe there is alcohol present (cups, bottles, etc.) or alcohol has been consumed (intoxicated persons, smells, etc.) the officers will request identification from everyone present to confirm their age (everyone present must be over 21).
- Campus Safety will verify that the residential student has been signed off on the alcohol awareness training. If everyone is not 21 or older and/or the training has not been completed by the resident then a compliant search will be done and any alcohol found will be confiscated.
- If everyone is of age and the residential student is approved for alcohol in the room/apartment, but there is a belief that the amount of alcohol in the room/apartment is violating the policy, a search of the room/apartment may be requested by the officers.
- If everyone is of age and the resident is approved for alcohol in the room/apartment and there are no signs of excessive amounts of alcohol, no search is necessary.
What is a compliant search?
- Officers will survey the room/apartment and request residents to open access to areas such as the refrigerator, cupboards, drawers, etc. If a student is not cooperative during the search process the incident will be automatically forwarded to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for review.
- Any found alcohol in violation of the policy will be disposed of by Campus Safety and/or Residential Life staff. A report will be forwarded to Student Rights and Responsibilities for review.
Will the police be called?
Typically not. If the residents and any guests are cooperative the Sheriff’s department is not contacted for standard alcohol violations. If the involved parties are hostile, argumentative, and/or aggressive with PLU staff or the unusual nature of the circumstances warrant such attention, the Sheriff’s department may be contacted. Any enforcement of state laws will be at the discretion of the responding deputies, not Campus Safety.
What does the law say about underage drinking?
It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, or otherwise supply liquor to any person under the age of twenty-one years or permit any person under that age to consume liquor on his or her premises or on any premises under his or her control.
It is unlawful for any person under the age of twenty-one years to possess, consume, or otherwise acquire any liquor.
A violation of this subsection is a gross misdemeanor (up to one year in jail).
Consider Other Liabilities
It is illegal for a business to supply alcohol to an intoxicated individual. Although a residence hall is not a business you still assume some liability as a host. This is commonly referred to as “over serving.” If a guest at your party has too much to drink you could be liable for incidents that occur as a result of their excessive intoxication. It is important for everyone to drink in moderation and seek assistance if things get out of control.
Please contact any of the resources below if you have any questions or need assistance.
Residential Life: 253.535.7200
Community Assistant Duty Phone: 253.241.8586
Campus Safety: 253.535.7441
Health Center: 253.535.7337
Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities: 253.535.7195
Kreidler & South Hall Resident Director: 253.538.5599