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.


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.


Contact Information

Student Affairs