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Cal Poly Alcohol Policy

Students of any age are not allowed to consume, possess or dispense alcohol on campus except by exclusive permission of the Cal Poly Corporation.

Campus Administrative Manual 270.1

Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages on the campus is prohibited. Exception to this policy may be granted by the President or his designee to allow the service (sale or nonsale) of alcoholic beverages under established guidelines. Factors to be considered in granting exceptions include the nature of the event, the adequacy of supervision, and the benefit to the university. Exceptions will not be granted for events open to the public, unless by the President or a designee for bona fide public eating places.

Campus Administrative Manual 270.2

Service of alcoholic beverages at campus events shall be the exclusive privilege of the Cal Poly Corporation. The Cal Poly Corporation may grant exceptions to this privilege as appropriate.

Alcohol and Other Drug Protocol: Student Response Procedures

A student should not hesitate to report an incident of possible alcohol poisoning or other drug overdose due to concerns about potential disciplinary action for violating the Standards for Student Conduct.  Student safety and health are paramount considerations.  Obtaining necessary medical assistance could be considered a mitigating factor on a case-by-case basis when evaluating the imposition of campus disciplinary charges for consuming or providing alcohol or other drugs.  Even if no disciplinary charges are imposed, students may still be required to participate in educational programs designed to promote student safety.  This protocol does not preclude disciplinary action for other violations such as assault, hazing, or sexual misconduct that might arise from the same incident.

A student reporting another student's alcohol poisoning or other drug overdose must take the following steps:

  1. Contact emergency personnel immediately by calling 911;
  2. Stay with the incapacitated student until told but the responding officials to leave;
  3. Cooperate with emergency personnel and University employees during the incident and during any subsequent investigation.

If the consumption of alcohol or other drugs occurred during an event sponsored, organized, or supported by a student group or club, Cal Poly will consider the reporting of the incident as a mitigating factor when determining any disciplinary action imposed on the student group or club.  Other mitigating circumstances could include the efforts made by hosts or officers to prevent the situation, participation in Cal Poly educational programs designed to prevent such incidents, and cooperation with any Cal Poly investigation of the incident.  Conversely, failure to report such an occurrence would be considered an aggravating factor when imposing any disciplinary sanctions.

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