Alcohol Policy

Alcoholic beverages are restricted on the Agnes Scott campus in compliance with Georgia and Decatur laws. These laws are as follows:

A. Georgia

1. The legal age for purchasing and possessing alcoholic beverages is 21. It is against the law to either sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to anyone under the legal age. 

2. It is illegal to appear in an intoxicated condition or to evidence boisterous or vulgar behavior on any public street or in any public place, in any private residence other than one’s own or in any mode of transportation. Bottles of alcohol with broken seals cannot be kept in cars.

3. It is illegal to misrepresent age in any manner for the purpose of obtaining alcohol.

B. Decatur

It is unlawful to drink alcoholic beverages in automobiles—parked or moving—on the streets, highways or alleys of the city. It is unlawful to carry any type of open liquor container in public.

C. Agnes Scott

Alcohol is restricted to campus-wide social functions or parties held in designated areas and must be approved by the dean of students and to designated areas of the residence halls.

Designated residence hall areas for alcohol consumption by students of legal drinking age are:

1. Residence hall rooms: consumption, preparation and storage

2. Hall kitchens: preparation

All alcoholic beverages should only be stored in the resident’s room. When transporting alcoholic beverages to the designated parts of the residence halls, students must carry them in a bag or similar covering, unless transporting them between residence hall rooms or from the kitchen to residence hall rooms. Alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be covered when they are transported outside of dorms. Hall, lobby and theme house parties involving the consumption of alcoholic beverages must be sponsored by the office of residence life or approved by the dean of students; otherwise they are prohibited.

Agnes Scott defines intoxicated on campus as unable to assume normal responsibilities and/or evidencing vulgar or boisterous behavior which is disruptive to the campus community. Agnes Scott’s alcohol policy applies to students who are drinking on campus underage or drunk on campus regardless of age and to students of legal drinking age who sell or furnish alcohol on campus to students not of legal drinking age. 

Students and/or their guests may not drink alcoholic beverages in any part of the residence halls except designated areas. Students may not drink alcoholic beverages on any area of the grounds except designated areas at campus-wide functions or parties. Students who are underage may not have guests of legal age with alcoholic beverages in their residence hall room. Hall, lobby and theme house parties involving the consumption of alcoholic beverages must be sponsored by the Office of Residence Life or approved by the dean of students; otherwise they are prohibited.

Student Government funds may only be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages at any function held on or off campus and sponsored by the college or any organization within the college in accordance with the following guidelines:

1. In order to facilitate the efficient processing of the alcohol requisition forms, they will be available from the center for student engagement office upon completion of activity approval forms. Requisition forms must be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the date of the function. At the beginning of each semester, organizations are advised to submit a proposed agenda of events where alcohol may be served. 

2. Completed alcohol request forms will be submitted to the center for student engagement.

3. Upon establishment of the organization’s itemized budget, the SGA treasurer will ensure that only a reasonable portion of the money allotted for refreshments at campus-wide functions will be for alcohol/bartender.

4. It will be understood that the Agnes Scott alcohol policy and honor system will be enforced at all functions where alcohol is served.

5. Only the director of campus life, center for student engagement staff member, or club adviser may purchase alcohol on behalf of the organization.

6. Only students 21 years or older who have completed the Social Host Certification through the ASC Alcohol Awareness Workshop may serve alcoholic beverages and a nonalcoholic beverage must also be served at the function. Alcoholic beverages which may be served at campus-wide functions are beer and wine.

7. All events at which alcohol will be served must work with the center for student engagement to hire a 3rd party bartender to serve. Neither students nor staff/faculty members are allowed to serve alcoholic beverages at events.

Mandatory Alcohol Awareness Workshop

During the fall, the student activities office sponsors a Social Host Certification workshop. Any college organization planning to serve alcohol at a function during the current academic year must have executive members 21 years or older attend this workshop. To make a special request to participate in the Social Host Certification workshop in spring, contact Joy Griggs,

Penalties for Violations of Alcohol Policy:

Judicial Board has first jurisdiction over cases that result from violation of the alcohol policy. Each alcohol sanction includes a fine, community service and an educational component. 

1. First violation: $50-$100 fine; 10-15 hours community service depending on the severity of the offense; and a written 250-word essay of the Judicial Board’s choosing. The essay must be turned in within 30 days and carbon copied (CC’ed) to the Judicial Board’s adviser

2. Second violation: $100-$300 fine; 15-30 hours of community service depending on the severity of the case; a recommendation for referral for alcohol awareness course with Health Services or an outside facility.

3. Third violation: $300-$500 fine; 30+ hours community service; recommendation for a referral for an alcohol assessment. Depending upon the severity of the incident(s), Judicial Board may also present the case to Honor Court with the recommendation of suspension or expulsion for the third or additional violation(s) of the alcohol policy.

At the discretion of the Judicial Board members additional sanctions may be implemented based on the severity of the case.

After three or more violations of the Alcohol Policy, depending upon the severity of the incidents, Judicial Board may present the case to Honor Court with the recommendation of suspension or expulsion.

All violations of the alcohol policy are to be reported directly to a residence life staff member or Judicial Board member who will refer it to the Judicial Board president and dean of students designee.

As is the practice with any particularly serious or flagrant violation of policy, the Judicial Board president reserves the right to refer any case involving this policy to a higher court than the one stipulated above. The SGA Constitution provision for Honor Court jurisdiction over Drug Policy violations is interpreted to mean that Honor Court is involved in serious violations of the Alcohol Policy and cases of repeated violation.

In the event that drunken behavior is exhibited by a visitor to campus or non-resident student, public safety and/or the dean of students office may become involved in bringing any such incidents to an acceptable resolution as mandated by state and local laws and college policy.