Student Conduct

Learning to live as responsible adults entails learning to live together. For Ursinus College to become a learning community, all of us must be involved in cooperating with and helping one another. Moreover, to enable us to live together, we need some basis of common understanding, some guidelines and some rules.

Alcohol Policy

In compliance with Pennsylvania law, the College does not allow those under the age of 21 to possess liquor or malt or brewed beverages on the property of the College. At the same time, the College recognizes that the use of alcohol by those under 21 is a pervasive feature of current United States society. Through a combination of counseling, discipline, and educational programming, the College endeavors to provide students with meaningful and responsible assertions about the use of alcohol.

Ursinus College does not have a duty to protect its students or their guests from criminal or civil liability or personal injuries, which may result from their decisions to violate state law. The College specifically rejects such a custodial relationship because it would produce a repressive and inhospitable environment, inconsistent with the objectives of a modern college education and the mission of Ursinus.

Pennsylvania State Law prohibits the purchase, possession, or consumption of liquor or malt or brewed beverages by those under the age of 21. The State law provides for very significant penalties for violations of these and other provisions. Although the college is not responsible for enforcing the laws of Pennsylvania, the student is responsible for being aware of and abiding by all laws of the state, both on and off campus.

Alcohol is a drug; a depressant that can reduce physical coordination and mental alertness, making certain activities, such as sports or driving, dangerous. Larger doses of alcohol can cause staggering, slurred speech, double vision, sudden mood swings, unconsciousness, and even death. In case of an alcohol emergency, call 911 or Campus Safety at 610-409-3333 or at extension 3333. For assistance in managing alcohol, contact the Wellness Center at 610-409-3100, or at extension 3100.

In addition to the provisions of the Pennsylvania law, students should be aware of the following college regulations governing the use of alcoholic beverages:

  • Those under 21 years of age may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on the property of the College. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed by students of legal age only (1) inside individual student rooms, suites, and residence houses, and (2) at other locations, such as Wismer Center, with the permission of the Office of Leadership Development/Student Activities.
  • Students who use alcoholic beverages are expected to do so in a way, which does not discredit themselves or the College, or interfere with the rights and freedoms of others.
    • Inappropriate behavior related to the consumption of alcoholic beverages –e.g., behavior which disturbs others, causes embarrassment, personal injury, or property damages; driving an automobile or motorcycle under the influence of alcohol; and any effort to induce or force a student to drink against an expressed desire—shall be considered serious offenses.
    • If an individual, following excessive consumption of alcohol at an on-campus function, destroys property, violates noise guidelines in college housing, or is involved in other acts which inhibit the goals of the College, the sponsor or sponsors who served him or her alcohol and the individual(s) shall both be responsible for the infraction. Students are responsible for the conduct of their guests and for making them aware of the provisions of the Pennsylvania Law and the regulations of the College.
  • In addition to other statements in this Handbook, the following actions are considered improper use of alcohol by an Ursinus student and will result in appropriate disciplinary action(s):
    • public intoxication;
    • providing alcoholic beverages to a person who is intoxicated and/or underage;
    • serving alcohol without sufficient quantities of non-alcoholic beverages & food.
  • Alcohol, including beer, wine, liquor, and mixed drinks, when being consumed, must be in a container of 16 ounces or less in size. The presence of or use of grain alcohol is prohibited. When alcohol is being transported to or stored on Ursinus College property, it must be in containers of less than one-gallon in size. Alcohol can only be consumed if its original container is less than one gallon in size. This prohibits the presence of alcohol in and the consumption of alcohol from kegs, beer balls, beer bongs, trashcans, gallon jugs, or alcoholic punch on College property. In addition, the presence of kegs, beer balls, beer bongs and other binge drinking paraphernalia on campus are prohibited. Violations of this policy will result in a $500.00 fine for each illegal item, as well as appropriate disciplinary action. Disciplinary action may include alcohol counseling through an online alcohol education course, the cost of which will be the responsibility of the student, and other disciplinary sanctions as deemed appropriate. These sanctions could include Judiciary Board review, which could potentially result in loss of housing privileges, loss of squatter’s rights, and parental notification. Parents or legal guardians will be notified of sanctioning for alcohol offences of students under the age of 21.

Residents of a given living area are responsible for actions of visitors to that area who violate this policy. If an alcohol policy violation occurs in a room, suite, hall, house, or on College premises under circumstances which lead the College to conclude that some or all residents in that area had, or should have reasonably had knowledge of the violation, appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against those residents as well as other persons present.

Illegal Drugs

The possession, use, manufacturing, trafficking, or distribution of illegal drugs is not permitted at Ursinus. Unauthorized use of controlled substances is also not permissible. Paraphernalia associated with drug use is also prohibited, and will result in a $250 fine for each drug-related item found. Students found to be possessing or using illegal drugs, or against whom there is strong evidence of possession or use, must face judicial procedures. For those deemed guilty, the Judicial Board is empowered to order educational and disciplinary actions that may include community service, counseling, rehabilitation, probation, restrictions of other rights or privileges, or dismissal.

Parents or legal guardians will be notified of sanctioning for drugs of all students and alcohol offences of students under the age of 21.

Social Events

The enjoyment of a variety of social events is an important part of a student's college experience. The planning and execution of these events offers the opportunity for student leaders to develop a reservoir of insight, experience, and skill, upon which they can draw for a lifetime. Rather than attempt to entertain students, the College seeks to provide expertise and financial support to student leaders as they plan these events.

The responsibility for organizing social events, for overseeing adherence to state and local laws and college policies, and for ensuring the appropriate conduct of students and guests rests with the students involved. Students holding social events will do so with full recognition of the rights and reasonable expectations of others living on and off campus. At all times, social events in residence halls and houses must comply with policies dealing with noise. Social events may be held no later than 12:01 a.m. Monday through Friday, and 2:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Social events are only permitted in Reimert, Keigwin, Maples, Olevian, Omwake, Todd, Shreiner, and Duryea.

At all social activities, the following guidelines will apply:

  • The sponsoring group will name individuals to serve as social hosts, who will be responsible for planning the event, overseeing adherence to state and local laws and college policies during the event, and ensuring that proper cleanup procedures are followed after the event. Two social hosts are required in Reimert and three social hosts are required in the Main Street Houses; one social host must be at least 21 years of age.
  • If alcohol is present at the event, the following guidelines will apply:
    • Alcohol may only be consumed by persons 21 years of age or over.
    • College funds money may not be used to purchase alcohol.
    • A sufficient quantity of non-alcoholic beverages and food must be provided.
    • Advertising or promotion of the event may not include any reference to drinking or to the availability of alcoholic beverages.
  • Students must present a current Ursinus ID to enter any social event.
  • Visitors must present a copy of the guest registration form to social hosts in order to enter any social event. Visitors must be escorted to the social event by their hosts.
  • Occupancy maximums have been established for each location. Residents and social hosts are responible for adherence to capacity limits, set forth by the Police and Fire Department.

Social Host Events

A social host is a trained student(s) who takes full responsibility for a social event held on-campus. Students who would like to be a social host and/or sponsor a social event must follow the following procedures:

  • Attend social host training, which occurs at the beginning of each semester. At training, deadlines and social host responsibilities will be explained in great detail.
  • Complete a social event host registration form (online).
  • The social hosts will need to fill out a social event registration form for either Reimert or an approved Main Street house. There is a limit to the number of social events that may occur on any given evening. Residence Life will have discretion on approving or denying all social events.

Social hosts must follow all social host procedures. These procedures will be distributed and explained at social host training. Questions regarding social hosting or social events should be directed to Residence Life.

Visitors

Persons not currently enrolled at Ursinus College may visit upon the specific invitation of a person enrolled at the college and according to the following provisions:

  • The campus host and guest must go to Campus Safety to register the visitor. The registered visitor must carry a copy of the registration form on his person while on campus.
  • Visitors are responsible for following all college policies and procedures, and are required to comply promptly with directives of college officials.
  • Visitors must be in the company of their campus hosts at all times.
  • The campus host is responsible for the visitor’s behavior.
  • A visitor invited by a person enrolled at the college is not a guest of Ursinus College and the college owes no legal duty to such a person as a guest or invitee.
  • A person enrolled at the college may not invite more than 5 visitors to campus at any one time without the express written consent of a Residence Director, Duty Dean, or Director of Campus Safety.
  • Each resident student may permit up to two visitors to remain overnight in that resident’s college room with the permission of the roommate. Visitors may not remain overnight for more than two nights per month.

A college official, a Resident Advisor, House Coordinator, or Social Host may require a visitor to present proper identification and a visitor registration form. Visitors must present their registration forms to attend certain campus events and to enter certain campus buildings.

Smoking

Tobacco represents a definite health hazard. While the decision to smoke rests with the individual, the conditions where and when individuals may smoke on campus are determined by the College. Smoking is not permitted in any public building, residence hall or house on-campus. Anyone who smokes outside these buildings, residence halls or houses is asked to be considerate of non-smokers.