Skip Navigation

Alcohol Policy

If you would like to print out a copy for yourself, please click here to download the PDF version.

Mount St. Mary’s University Office of Residence Life strives to graduate men and women who commit themselves to be responsible citizens capable of contributing to their communities. Students are responsible for knowing and following the Code of Student Conduct and Community Standards of Residence Life. The following are excerpts from these documents describing Mount St. Mary’s alcohol policy:

Mount St. Mary’s and the Office of Residence Life recognize the need to enforce federal, state, and local laws regarding alcohol use.  This means treating students who are allowed to possess or consume alcohol as people who should make responsible decisions about its use.  It also means that we will hold all Mount students accountable should it be found they broke the law, disturbed the residential community, or posed a danger to themselves or others.

Code of Student Conduct regulations prohibit:

Ø  Unauthorized or illegal use of any alcoholic beverages;

Ø  Aiding or abetting an underage person in the purchase of alcoholic beverages;

Ø  Disorderly conduct due all or in part to being under the influence of alcohol;

Ø  Providing alcohol to underage persons;

Ø  Open containers

Ø  Possession, use or distribution of alcohol by underage persons;

Ø  Intoxication due to alcohol that disturbs the residential community, or poses a danger to themselves or others

For more information about Mount St. Mary’s rules regarding alcohol, consult Rule 5 of the Code of Student Conduct at or the student handbook.

Residence Life Regulations Regarding Alcohol:

Ø Residents who are not yet 21 may not host in their room or apartment anyone, regardless of age or relationship, who is possessing, consuming, selling, or serving alcohol.

Ø Kegs and other multi-quart containers are not permitted in or around any residential facility.

Ø  Brewing and/or distilling alcohol is not permitted in or around any residential facility.

Ø  Bars or bar-like structures (defined as a structure used to hold alcohol, mix drinks, and or serve drinks) are prohibited in the residence halls or apartments.

Ø  Underage students are prohibited from displaying alcohol bottles (empty or filled).

Ø  Paraphernalia related to excessive drinking is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to beer bongs, funnels, and beer pong tables.

Ø  Guests to campus are prohibited from providing or transporting any alcohol to campus.

Detailed alcohol policy as found in the Code of Student Conduct:

Rule 5. Misconduct Involving Alcohol:

Students are subject to all applicable local, State and Federal laws regarding alcohol and other drugs, and are not exempt from enforcement of these laws by virtue of their status as students or their presence on University property.  This policy is not intended to be, and is not, a comprehensive statement of applicable laws.  This rule prohibits, but is not limited to, the following:

a) possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages while under the age of 21;

b) providing alcoholic beverages to other persons under the age of 21;

c) misrepresenting one’s age or that of another person so to obtain alcoholic beverages-whether for yourself or someone else;

d) possessing any card or paper that falsely states age or identity;

e) failing or refusing to provide valid identification to a University official when requested in connection   with a suspected alcohol violation;

f) drinking and driving under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol concentration of .02 or more;

g) drinking and driving over the age of 21 with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or more;

h) knowingly allowing someone under 21 to consume or possess alcoholic beverages;

i) possessing and/or consuming from a common source of alcohol (kegs, punch bowls);

j) participating in or being in the presence of activities (e.g. drinking games) that promotes and encourages the consumption of alcohol;

k) intoxication; defined as either not having the normal use of mental or physical faculties due to the introduction of alcohol or other drugs into the body

l) the possession of alcohol in excess of one 30 pack of beer (or an equivalent amount of liquor) per legal aged student is prohibited and will be confiscated;

m) possess liquor in excess of 100 proof on campus or in any University owned or operated facility or property.

16300 Old Emmitsburg Road | Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Map & Directions | | 301-447-6122
Frederick Campus | 5350 Spectrum Drive | Frederick, MD 21703
Map & Directions | | 301-682-8315