Alcohol Possession and Use

The University expects that all members of the University community and their guests who choose to use or serve alcoholic beverages will do so in a responsible manner and in accordance with state and federal laws as well as the guidelines listed in this section. The primary purpose of the University’s policies governing the use of alcoholic beverages and of its related programs and services are:

     To promote responsible attitudes regarding alcohol use and responsible behavior among members of the University community.

     To educate individuals concerning the use and effect of alcohol to encourage responsible decision-making and reduced-risk consumption.

     To make assistance available to individuals who may be experiencing difficulty associated with the use, misuse, or abuse of alcohol.

In light of the above-stated purposes and in compliance with state and federal laws, all University students are expected to comply with the following expectations regarding the possession or use of alcohol. Failure to comply with the following expectations or a directive issued by a University official may result in action through the University conduct process:

     No person under the age of 21 may lawfully possess or consume alcoholic beverages in the State of Oregon. Students may be subject to the University conduct process for underage possession, consumption, or transportation of alcoholic beverages, or for providing alcoholic beverages to any person who is underage.

     No person shall sell, give, or otherwise make available any alcoholic beverage to a person who is visibly intoxicated.

     Entry into a licensed premise that restricts underage persons (e.g., a bar) by a person under the age of 21 or possessing false identification that misrepresents age or identity is prohibited.

     Except for persons approved by the University and holding the appropriate state licenses, no one shall sell, either directly or indirectly, alcoholic beverages. Examples of prohibited conduct include, but are not limited to, charging admission to a party or selling cups.

     Students of legal drinking age may possess and consume alcohol on University property or at University sanctioned events subject to the following limitations:

a.   Intoxication by any student is prohibited. Symptoms of intoxication include, but are not limited to, the following: slurred speech, impaired motor coordination, vomiting, loss of consciousness, and loss of good judgment.

b.   Kegs, without the approval of a University official are prohibited in all residence halls University rental properties, or anywhere else on University property.

c.   Within traditional residence halls (i.e., all University Residence Halls except Haggerty Hall, Tyson Hall, and University-owned rentals), the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages that contain more than 14 percent (14%) alcohol by volume is prohibited.

d.   Students of legal drinking age may possess and transport reasonable quantities of sealed alcohol in suitable packaging through public areas of the university and common areas of residence halls.

e.   Students may not transport, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages in any common spaces. Examples include but are not limited to hallways, stairwells, lounges, classrooms, sidewalks, sports stadiums, or lawns.

f.    Students may not display signs or advertisements for alcoholic beverages in publicly visible places or as decorations in a residence hall.

g.   Students may not possess or display collections of alcohol containers or any other drinking paraphernalia including but not limited to shot glasses or drinking game tables.

h.   Abusive drinking is prohibited for students at University of Portland. Potential violations of this policy include but are not limited to: participating in drinking games, drinking to the point of physical illness, “shotgunning” alcohol, taking shots, and possessing beer bongs or other drinking devices.

i.    Print, electronic, and broadcast media funded in full or in part by the University, or by University solicited funds, or bearing the University's name, may not contain advertisements promoting alcohol or events that have alcohol as their primary focus.

j.    No student may use University, student organization, or University housing facility funds for the purchase of alcohol without approval from the Vice President for Student Affairs.