Department of Housing and Residence Life

Residence Hall Alcohol Policy


In addition to the University-wide policies involving alcohol and other drugs, the following regulations apply to the use of alcohol in University housing:

  • The state law of New Jersey allows possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages by those 21 years of age and over.
  • Only residents and their guests, who are 21 years of age and over, may legally possess and consume alcoholic beverages in their rooms and/or in the rooms of other students 21 years of age (and over), and only if they live in alcohol designated living areas.
    • These alcohol-designated areas are Cabrini Hall, Ora Manor, Turrell Manor, Serra Hall and Xavier Hall.
  • The consumption of alcohol is prohibited in all public areas including University Housing common spaces (i.e., lounges).
  •  Anyone under the age of 21 is not permitted to be in a room where alcohol is visible and/or being consumed unless that person is the roommate of a person over the age of 21.
  • In Boland and Aquinas Halls, the possession and consumption of ANY alcoholic beverage by any person, regardless of age, is prohibited.
  •  In Cabrini Hall, Ora Manor, Turrell Manor, Serra Hall and Xavier Hall, alcohol may be transported by individuals 21 years of age or older, provided that all alcoholic beverages are in the original containers and remain unopened.
  •  If a University official has reason to believe that alcohol is being transported in a non-designated area, or by an individual under 21 years of age, the University official has the right to check any packages, book bags, etc.
  • Any individual bringing alcohol into University housing must show appropriate identification (such as driver's license, or any State issued ID) to the person working at the residence hall reception desk. Our housing database is then checked for legal drinking age of the SHU student bringing in the alcohol. The alcohol type, amount, student name and room number is then logged in the alcohol log in our database for Housing and Residence Life records.
  • No kegs or beer balls are permitted. Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is limited. This is identified as the "personal consumption amount." Personal consumption amount is defined as 1 liter of hard liquor OR 1 liter of wine OR 1 "6" pack of beer. SHU students may only sign in one of the three types listed with the specific amount.
  • The purchase or sale of any alcohol is prohibited in ALL University housing.
  • No person shall provide any alcoholic beverages to any person not 21 years of age for possession and/or consumption.
  • All alcoholic beverages present during violation of University or housing policy will be confiscated and disposed.
  •  In addition, any violation relating to the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in University housing will result in a judicial hearing with an appropriate adjudicating officer.
  • Repeat violators may be given sanctions ranging from the reassignment to another hall, cancellation of the apartments/residence hall license or civil prosecution. (Refer to University Standards of Conduct, Student Handbook).
  • Students will be held responsible for their actions while they are under the influence of alcohol.
  • Students hosting guests will be held responsible for their guests' violation of any portion of the above alcohol policy.
  • The sanctions of the University have been developed by a University wide committee. The sanctions include, but are not limited to, community service, fines, attendance at an alcohol education class, mandatory assessment and counseling of students who violate the alcohol policy. The sanction is determined by the person adjudicating the hearing and is contingent upon the severity and frequency of the offense.
    • Repeated violations can lead to expulsion or suspension of University housing privileges.

Effective Date

July 1, 2008

Contact Us

Department of Housing and Residence Life
(973) 761-9172
Duffy Hall Rm. 68

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