Alcohol

The Institution expects students to abide by Massachusetts law and the increased standards set forth by the Institute. The Institute reserves the right to inspect any bags, backpacks, or other belongings for alcohol. 

All students, whether or not on campus or off-campus, are expected to abide by the following:

  1. Only students 21 years or older are allowed to consume, possess, or transport alcohol.
  2. No sale, purchase, or serving alcoholic beverages to persons younger than 21. No providing location for underage consumption. No encouraging or contributing to the intoxication of others.
  3. No open containers of alcoholic beverages or consumption in any public area.
  4. No inappropriate behavior consistent with intoxication (e.g. public intoxication, medical attention due to intoxication, disrupting the peace and elimination in public.)

All students, while on campus, are expected to abide by the following:

  1. Beer and wine are permitted in students’ rooms only in 610 Huntington, 555 Huntington, Edwards Hall, Rodgers Hall, and Vancouver and Louis Prang apartments and only if every resident of the room is 21 years old or older and the living area is registered as wet. No alcoholic beverages in the Baker, Evans Way, or Tudbury residence halls.
  2. Registered wet suites or apartments are permitted to have six beers, six pre-measured/pre-packaged beverage such as “Mike’s Lemonade” or one 1.5 liter bottle of wine per resident.
  3. No hard alcohol. No kegs, beer balls or any type of common source alcohol.
  4. Recognizing the serious health risks posed by excessive drinking, no drinking games or possession of drinking paraphernalia used or associated with drinking games (e.g. funnels, beer pong tables, and taps).
  5. No alcoholic containers whether empty or full can be used as decorations or stored. This includes bottles, cans or cardboard containers. All empty containers must be disposed of within 48 hours.
  6. Non-Wentworth guests are not allowed to bring alcohol onto campus.

Alcohol Violation - Wentworth Sanctions

The sanctions listed below are only guides and may be more severe, including but not limited to Institute Suspension or Expulsion, depending on the specifics of the particular incident, past history of alcohol violation(s), as well as other violations which may have occurred simultaneously.

First level alcohol violations include but are not limited to: possession of a small quantity of beer or wine when underage, possession of beer or wine in a designated dry area, possessing amount of alcohol exceeding allowed amount in designated wet area, possession of empties, possession of alcohol paraphernalia, underage drinking, intoxication for students over 21.

  1. Disciplinary Warning;
  2. $100 fine;
  3. Alcohol Education Class;
  4. Parental/Guardian Notification.

Second level alcohol violations include but are not limited to: second violation of first level alcohol violation, possession of hard alcohol, possession of large quantity (over the amount allowed in wet/registered suites, 6-pack of beer 12 fluid ounces or pre-bottle/measured beverage or 1.5 liter wine), public consumption, common source (kegs, beer balls, punch).

  1. Housing Probation;
  2. $200 fine;
  3. Individual Alcohol Education;
  4. Community Review Essay
  5. Parental/Guardian Notification;

Third level alcohol violations include but are not limited to: multiple first level or second level violations, providing alcohol to minors, and/or providing a location for underage consumption.

  1. Institute Probation;
  2. $300 fine;
  3. Weekend Suspension (where applicable);
  4. Parental/Guardian Notification;
  5. 12 Hours of Community Service/Restitution

Alcohol Violation - Massachusetts Sanctions

Persons operating under the influence of alcohol (.08 or greater) are subject to a fine of not less than $500.00 and not more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for a first offense. Persons who misrepresent their age or present false IDs to purchase alcohol are subject to fines of $300.00 and loss of license. Persons who purchase or supply alcohol for a person under 21 years of age are subject to a fine of up to $2,000 and or imprisonment of up to one year. Persons found to be driving under the influence of alcohol may be subject to a fine of not less than $500 nor more than $5,000 and/or imprisonment for a first offense. Multiple offenses for DUI carry more severe penalties.