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Laws on Drinking

The College draws the attention of its members to the Illinois laws on drinking, particularly to these statutes:

"Any person to whom the sale, gift or delivery of any alcoholic liquor is prohibited because of age shall not purchase or accept as a gift such alcoholic liquor.

  • No person shall transfer, alter, or deface an identification card, use the identification card of another, carry or use a false identification, or obtain an identification card by means of false information.
  • No person shall purchase, accept delivery of, or have possession of alcoholic liquor in violation of this section.
  • The consumption of alcoholic liquor by any person less than 21 years of age is forbidden. Whoever violates any provision of this section shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.
  • Every person who is injured in person or property by any intoxicated person has a right of action in his/her own name, severally or jointly, against any person who, by selling or giving alcoholic liquor, causes the intoxication of such a person.
  • The State provides penalties for offenders up to one year in jail and a fine of $1000."

The College will expect to discipline members who, on or in the immediate vicinity of the campus, violate State and or local law.

The College's Alcohol Policy

We seek to educate our students, consistent with State laws, to understand the use and abuse of alcoholic beverages. Providing an environment where students can accept privileges as well as responsibilities in the use of alcohol is an extension of our educational role in giving guidance to the learning processes outside the classroom.

Thus the College provides educational programs, individual and group counseling, testing and referral information. The maintenance of an environment supportive of students depends on each member of the College's extended community - faculty, students, staff, parents, alumni, and guests - exercising responsible behavior as well as holding other members of the community responsible for their behavior.

In all instances and for all occasions, the College expects those members who are of legal age and above who choose to use alcohol to observe the principle of moderation. The College will expect to deal in an appropriate manner with a member who drinks excessively.

The College reserves the right to change a student's housing assignment when a student is thought to need greater supervision or is a negative influence on other students. Indeed the College reserves the right to require treatment, suspend or expel a student whose capacity to work has been eroded by excessive drinking.

Regulations on the Use of Alcohol

  1. No person under-age may posses or consume alcoholic beverages on College property. Members of the College and visitors are particularly warned against making alcoholic beverages available to a person who is under age.
  2. A member of legal age may consume alcoholic beverages in his or her room, a room of another member of legal age, or in an approved social area.
  3. There can be no consumption of alcoholic beverages or the carrying of open containers in halls of residence or houses, in public rooms, or in any College building and public places except as approved in paragraph two and nine.
  4. Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed or carried in open containers outdoors on the campus.
  5. Athletic teams, individuals and other groups traveling under the College's aegis must abide by the College's regulations.
  6. No organization may include in its budget funds for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  7. No organization may demand from its members monies for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  8. Bars are not permitted on campus.
  9. A living group may petition the Office of Student Affairs at the beginning of each semester to establish that persons of legal age may consume alcoholic beverages in a lounge or social room. Such a petition must carry the signatures of three-fourths or more of the membership. In assessing the petition, the Office of Student Affairs will consider the prior behavior of the petitioning group.
  10. Parties and other social events at which alcohol is available may be open only to members of the hall, house, or to specifically invited guests. Food and non-alcoholic beverages must be made available when alcohol is present. Sponsors of social events where alcohol is present must clearly define the length of the events and provide adequate supervision in the form of chaperones or social hosts.
  11. Advertising of alcohol related events is strictly prohibited. Advertising which promotes the excessive use of alcohol is strictly prohibited.
  12. Kegs are not permitted on campus. There is a minimum $300 fine for students found in possession of a keg.
  13. Those engaging in disruptive behavior while consuming or after consuming alcohol including public intoxication, inappropriate verbal exchanges with Monmouth College officials and other students, physical violence, refusal to cooperate with a Monmouth College official (i.e. failure to produce ID), damage to college property, vomiting, loss of bodily functions or memory and unconsciousness due to excessive alcohol consumption should expect to be sanctioned. (This list is not intended to be exhaustive.)

Alcohol Policy Disciplinary Sanctions

The following sanctions will be applied for violations of the Monmouth College alcohol policy:

First offense: $100.00 fine
Second offense: $150.00 fine
Third offense $200.00 fine
Kegs: $300.00 fine

In addition, these sanctions may be amended at the College's discretion given the severity of the circumstances. Additional sanctions may be added including but not limited to, warnings, community service, alcohol abuse treatment, suspension and dismissal.

Alcohol Policy Disciplinary Sanctions Appeal

Those who are sanctioned through the citation process may appeal sanctions to the Alcohol Policy Student Appeals Board by calling 457-2113 for an appointment to meet with the Board. All requests for an appointment must be received by the first Thursday following receipt of the citation. Decisions of the Appeals Board are final.

Those sanctions received through the disciplinary hearing process may be appealed to the Vice President for Student Life or his or her designee. Decisions by the Vice President for Student Life or his or her designee regarding these appeals are final.

City of Monmouth Liquor Ordinances

Public Drinking or Intoxication

For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definition shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

No person shall consume any alcoholic liquor while in or upon public streets, alleys, sidewalk, parking lots, or other public ways.

No person shall be in possession of any glass, can, or open container containing alcoholic liquor on any thoroughfare, street, sidewalk, alley, parking lots or any other public way.

No person shall have in his or her possession an open container containing alcoholic liquor within or on a motor vehicle including motorcycles, while parked or standing on a public street or public parking lot in the city, or while the vehicle is in motion.

132.61 Public Intoxication

No intoxicated person or no person incapacitated by alcohol shall be in any public street, alley, walk, mall, building or other place owned or controlled by the city. This section shall not prohibit any person from traveling, without operating a motor vehicle, over the most convenient route to the person's home or to a place to seek treatment for alcoholism, or to seek medical treatment for any condition, to seek mental health treatment or to seek spiritual help.