Student Handbook

Laws and Policy Relating to Alcohol

The discussion below identifies several provisions of New York State law especially relevant to student life. Although many of the behaviors prohibited in these laws are relatively common on college campuses, the College expects students to abide by these laws. The College will intervene with students who violate these laws.

New York State Law states that:

No person under the age of 21 years may possess or consume alcohol. No person shall sell, deliver, or give away alcoholic beverages to a visibly intoxicated person. Providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21 is also against the law. Possession of a forged driver's license is a felony. Possession of forged college ID is a misdemeanor.

Students should also be aware of a Saratoga Springs ordinance prohibiting any person to "have in his possession any open bottle or container containing liquor, beer, wine or other alcoholic beverages while such a person is on any public highway, public street, public sidewalk, public parking area or in any vehicle or public place." The city enforces the policy downtown, and the College prohibits "open containers" in public spaces on campus.

Students should also be aware of New York State law governing the operation of motor vehicles while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. The College is especially concerned about the potential consequences of students driving with their ability impaired. The College will intervene with students ticketed--on or off campus--for driving under the influence of drugs and or alcohol.