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article 1—student rights and responsibilities

Part 3. Student Discipline

§ 1‑307 Alcoholic Beverages—General Rules

(a)All students, wherever they happen to be, are expected to observe the liquor laws of the local jurisdiction. (See § 1-201 below.) Under the liquor laws of the State of Illinois and the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and this rule:
(1) Possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by students under twenty-one years of age is prohibited.
(2) No student may give or otherwise furnish alcoholic beverages to any person under twenty-one years of age. Additionally, no student may authorize or permit a residence which he or she occupies to be used for possession or consumption of alcohol by any person under twenty-one years of age.

(b) In determining appropriate sanctions for violations of subsection (a) above, communal alcohol (for example, in kegs or not in its original container, or the distribution of cups with open access to alcohol), drinking games (or other activities that promote unsafe or inappropriate drinking), and open parties may be considered aggravating factors.

(c) The fact that a student may have been drinking shall not be accepted as an excuse for disruptive behavior. In such instances, appropriate sanctions will be applied and referral for personal assistance may be indicated. (See § 2-102 and § 3-603 concerning Mandatory Assessment and Parental Involvement, respectively.)

(d) The transfer or alteration of identification cards, the use or sale of the identification card of another or a false or forged identification card, or the use of false information to obtain an identification card is prohibited. Additionally, presentation or possession of false identification in an attempt to enter a liquor establishment or to procure alcohol is prohibited.

(e) Alcohol use resulting in incapacitation that requires transportation to the hospital by emergency medical personnel, or refusal to accept such transportation when it is recommended by emergency medical personnel, can trigger a mandatory assessment. (See § 2-102.)

(f) No minor (eighteen years of age or younger in Champaign; seventeen years of age or younger in Urbana) is allowed to be present in a liquor establishment unless otherwise permitted by local ordinances.  Additionally, holding or carrying open containers of alcoholic beverages out of a liquor establishment or in public areas, in violation of federal, state, and/or local law, is prohibited.

(g) Driving under the influence of alcohol or other drugs poses a substantial risk to the safety of the campus community and is prohibited. Substantial penalties exist in Illinois for the operation of a motor vehicle by a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or greater. Arrests are also possible at lower levels if driving is impaired. Drivers under twenty-one years of age with any trace of alcohol in their systems can lose their driving privileges. Transporting open alcohol containers in a motor vehicle or allowing an intoxicated person to operate a vehicle are also punishable under Illinois law.