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Alcohol Policy

Bryant University is committed to encouraging and facilitating responsible student decision making. The University recognizes that responsible decision making concerning alcohol is especially crucial to the health and safety of students, respect for University property, and the educational mission of the institution. Alcohol abuse among students has been shown to have serious negative effects on the abilities of students to reach their educational goals. While students have the primary responsibility for maintaining their academic progress and for their overall health, Bryant University must, in all of its programs, services, and activities, promote and enforce the responsible use of alcohol on its campus and among its community members. To achieve this goal, as well as to monitor and regulate alcohol-related behavior, Bryant has adopted the following policies.


  1. Rhode Island law regarding alcoholic beverages states that no alcoholic beverages can be sold, delivered, or in any way given to a person under twenty-one (21) years of age. The possession of alcohol is also in violation of this State law. Anyone under the age of twenty-one (21) years who knowingly makes false statements as to his/her age in order to purchase or in any way procure alcoholic beverages shall be subject to appropriate penalties by the State of Rhode Island. This includes the use of falsified or false identification in order to procure alcohol in violation of the law. BRYANT UNIVERSITY IS OBLIGATED TO ABIDE BY AND ENFORCE THIS STATE LAW. 

  2. Open container: Rhode Island General Laws (#31-27-2) and Smithfield City Ordinance (#3-4) prohibit open containers of alcohol in public areas, including the outdoors, public lounges, hallways, etc.


1. Residence Halls

Students who are underage may not possess or drink alcoholic beverages in the residence halls. Because Residence Halls 14 and 15 house only students under the age of 21, no alcoholic beverages are permitted in Residence Halls 14 and 15. Students under the age of 21 are also prohibited from being in the presence of alcohol.

Students over the age of 21 may consume alcohol in the privacy of their residence-hall rooms.

Students may consume alcohol in their suite lounges/common areas only when all residents of the suite are 21 or over.

Large quantities of alcohol, including kegs, beer balls, etc., are expressly prohibited.

Common containers (i.e. punch bowls) are not allowed.

Approved social gatherings in the residence halls must be alcohol free.

2. Licensed Facilities

The only entity permitted to sell alcohol on the Bryant Campus is Campus Dining Services.

License holders on the Bryant campus are responsible for ensuring that alcohol is not available to persons under the age of 21 or to those who appear intoxicated.

Identification required:

  • Bryant students must show a valid Bryant ID and valid driver’s license to be served alcohol
  • Bryant alumni must show a current Alumni ID card and valid driver’s license.


Major campus events must be registered and approved by the Offices of Residence Life, the center for Student Involvement, and Public Safety.

Campus Dining Services will be responsible for securing all applicable alcohol sale permits for major campus events.

Consumption of alcohol is permitted only within the limits of a pre-approved area at the event site.

Non-alcoholic beverages must be available at the same price or less than the alcoholic beverage(s), and featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverage(s).

A reasonable portion of the budget for the event will be designated for the purchase of food items.

No event will include any form of a drinking contest in its activities or promotion.

Promotions of

“All you can drink events,” at which an unlimited amount of alcohol may be consumed for one fee or at a special price, are not permitted.

Institutionally approved security personnel will be present at all times during major campus events as deemed necessary.

The sale of hard liquor will be by special permission only.


Alcohol may not be used at membership recruitment functions by any campus organization, including, but not limited to:

  • Student organizations
  • Fraternities or sororities

  • Departmental clubs
  • Special interest groups

  • Faculty or staff professional groups, etc.

Alcohol may not be served, consumed, or otherwise present at athletic, intramural, or recreational sports events.

Individual members of the faculty and staff who entertain undergraduates privately are advised to be certain that alcohol is provided on such occasions under conditions that meet the requirements of the law and campus policy.


  • Signs where alcohol is the main focus of advertising are not permitted in any area of campus.
  • In accordance with Rhode Island State law, the price of alcohol may not be advertised.
  • Alcohol will not be used as an inducement to participate in a campus event.
  • Promotions will make no reference to the amount of alcohol available at an event.
  • All promotions must be in accordance with campus guidelines on alcohol use.


In accordance with Rhode Island State law and the Smithfield town ordinance prohibiting open containers of alcohol outside, alcohol is not permitted outside, with the exception of licensed permit areas during pre-approved major campus events, as noted above.


There are a number of potential violations of the alcohol policy, including, but not limited to:

  • Providing/serving alcohol to minors
  • Minors attempting to purchase alcohol
  • Minors transporting or consuming alcohol
  • Minors in the presence of alcohol
  • Purchasing alcohol for a minor
  • Purchasing and transporting unreasonably large amounts of alcohol to campus
  • Open container violations
  • Serving alcohol at approved social gatherings
  • Public displays of intoxication
  • Encouraging or contributing to intoxication of another person
  • Drinking games and drinking apparatus


In cases where large groups of student are drinking outside a specific living unit, that living unit will be assumed to have sponsored the gathering. Accordingly, residents of that living unit will be held responsible for an unauthorized gathering and for serving alcohol.

Residents of specific living units, e.g., townhouses, suites, etc., will be held responsible for violations of the alcohol policy occurring within their living units or sponsored by them. Students continually in violation of these policies will be evicted from the residence halls. Additionally, they may be suspended from Bryant University. Read your Student Handbook carefully. It notes that students who are evicted from the residence halls or suspended from school will receive no refund of tuition, for room or board fees. Bryant University is serious about curbing alcohol abuse and disorderly behavior. Students who continue to violate our alcohol and any other policy face significant disciplinary action.

Department Name: Student Affairs
Last Updated: November 8, 2006
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