Keystone College Policies

Student Alcohol Policy

Students, faculty, staff, and contractors are hereby advised that Keystone College, as a recipient of federal funds, supports and complies with the provisions of the Drug Free Work Place Act of 1988 and the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989.  The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of illicit drugs and alcohol by employees or students on the College campus are prohibited and violations of this policy will result in appropriate disciplinary action. 

Keystone College has a zero tolerance for alcohol policy violations.  A student’s presence where any aspect of the alcohol policy is being violated, even if he/she is not directly involved in the specific act constitutes a violation of the Alcohol Policy.  A student who actively, or passively, supports another’s violation of College policy is in violation of their duty to uphold community standards, including the Student Code of Conduct.

The College recognizes that there are serious health risks, behavioral problems, and legal consequences associated with the abuse, irresponsible use, and/or illegal use of alcohol.  Therefore, all members of the campus community are expected to understand that alcohol use is inconsistent with the mission of the College.  All students are expected to abide by local, state and federal laws along with the Student Alcohol Policy of Keystone College. 

All alleged violations of the Student Alcohol Policy shall be referred to a formal meeting with the Coordinator of Student Conduct or to an All-College Student Conduct Board hearing. Violations of this policy are cumulative in nature.  If a student is found to be in violation of the Student Alcohol Policy, minimum sanctions include, but are not limited to:

1st offense

  • $300 Fine (to be reduced to $50 upon completion of all other sanctions within the specified period of time. Paying the $300 fine is not a substitution for completing all sanctions)
  • Meeting with a College Counselor for two sessions of the “BASICS” program
  • Parental Notification
  • Other sanctions imposed at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Conduct

2nd offense

  • $150 Fine
  • Completion of the Under the Influence Online Course
  • Disciplinary Probation
  • Residence Hall Warning (if a resident student)
  • Parental Notification
  • Other sanctions imposed at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Conduct

 3rd offense

  • $300 Fine
  • Residence Hall Suspension (if a resident student)
  • Possible suspension for a minimum of the balance of the current semester
  • Third-Party evaluation at student’s expense (at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Conduct)
  • Parental Notification
  • Other sanctions imposed at the discretion of the Coordinator of Student Conduct

 4th offense (after re-admittance):

  • Expulsion from the College
  • Parental Notification

Please note that all sanctions must be completed within thirty (30) calendar days or a violation of noncompliance will be filed.

Open Canister

Keystone College does not permit the use of open or empty alcoholic beverage canisters for any reason (decorative or otherwise) on campus. Anyone found in violation of this policy will be sanctioned under the College’s alcohol policy. This includes all cans, bottles, shot glasses and other drinking paraphernalia.

Suspicion of Alcohol

If a College Official smells alcohol emanating from a student’s person, any residence hall room, or any other location on the College campus, or finds empty alcohol containers, the student will be found in violation of the Alcohol Policy.  This also provides the College with sufficient probable cause to search the student’s room (or area involved) for alcohol.

Off Campus Gatherings / Parties

Keystone College recognizes that students above the legal drinking age of 21 are allowed to responsibly obtain, consume and possess alcohol in off-campus properties not associated or leased by the College. In cases where students are cited and/or arrested by local law enforcement for furnishing, providing, or selling alcohol to minors, the student will be immediately placed on disciplinary probation and social probation until a formal meeting or student conduct board hearing can be held. Any students found responsible for furnishing, providing or selling alcohol to minors will be immediately suspended for at least one (1) semester.


Keystone College is a dry campus, with the following exceptions:

1)  Any event sponsored by the President of the College

2)  Events hosted by a campus organization or department including but not limited to Keystone Alumni Association and Keystone Art Society, and events catered by Sodexo, including but not limited to weddings, private parties, conferences, and business meetings.

3)  In Culinary Arts classes as part of menus related to in-class assignments and lessons, as well as all Chef’s Table events.

21 and Over Living Policy

Students requesting to live in this community must be 21 years of age or older at the start of the fall semester for the academic year.  Any student living at this location must have a vehicle registered on campus at time of application or must show proof of vehicle registration.  All students in this community must attend a presentation by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students or his designee during the first week of the fall semester.  Also, all students residing in this community must conduct one (1) educational presentation per semester, utilizing the RA’s as resources in the building.


  1. Only one (1) 750ml bottle of liquor, or one (1) 750ml bottle of wine, or one (1) six-pack of beer per resident is permitted in each room at any given time.
    1. Drinks are permitted to be consumed in clear containers only; no red solo cups, shot glasses, or beer bongs/ balls.
    2. Alcoholic beverages are only allowed in individual rooms and are not allowed in hallways or common areas without permission.
    3. Students may not display or consume alcohol in outside areas surrounding the determined location. This includes, but is not limited to: porches, lawns, sidewalks, vehicles and parking areas.
    4. Each resident is permitted only two (2) guests at a time.
      1. A guest is described as anyone that does not reside at the location.
      2. No guest under the age of 21 is permitted after 10:00pm without approval from the Office of Residence Life.
      3. No more than six individuals in a room at a time
      4. For socializing at a student’s place of residence, that involves up to six (6) individuals including the occupants, the following regulations apply:
        1. Under-age residents must not be present when alcohol is present;
        2. Invited guests must also adhere to the ratios in section A.
        3. Beverages must be in individual servings (no kegs, pitchers, punch bowls, etc.).


  1. If there is any indication that alcohol is being misused by one or more persons at the location, it will be viewed as irresponsible use. Ultimately, evidence of a policy violation will be based on the quantity of alcohol present, as well as the activity (or intended activity) occurring at that time.
  2. An accumulation of alcohol beverage containers is prohibited, and will be viewed as evidence of a large quantity of alcohol not indicative of responsible personal consumption. Empty containers must be recycled or disposed of on a regular basis and keepsake containers are not allowed.
  3. A bar is prohibited, since the possession of alcohol is restricted to personal consumption in moderation. Alcoholic beverages should either be refrigerated or stored in the students’ Microfridge.
  4. No drinking games are strictly prohibited.
  5. The Office of Residence Life and the Office of Campus Safety reserve the right to conduct compliance searches at any given time.
  6. Any student that is visibly intoxicated may be found in violation of the policy.
  7. Alcohol poisoning is a serious problem; should any student show signs of alcohol poisoning, the proper authorities must be contacted immediately.
  8. Courtesy and quiet hour noise levels must be adhered to at all times.
  9. Students must not operate a vehicle while intoxicated.
    1. Intoxication and impairment begins with the first drink.
    2. Social gatherings in the common areas must be applied for and approved by the Office of Residence Life no less than one (1) week in advance.
      1. Application must include a list of guests and verification of age.
      2. Any gathering that has not followed the appropriate application process will be considered a violation of policy.
      3. Use of the “common areas” must be approved by all residents.
      4. A maximum of 36 individuals, not to exceed two (2) guests per resident; total may attend any social gathering.
      5. Reasonable suspicion of furnishing to minors will result in immediate revocation of privilege to live in this community. 


Contact Information

Student Affairs