Alcohol and Other Drug Policy
It is the policy of Eckerd College to promote personal responsibility regarding the use of alcohol, ensure a non-coercive environment for those who choose not to drink alcohol, and prohibit the illegal use of alcohol and other drugs.
Under Florida State Law, the possession and/or consumption of alcohol is limited to those twenty-one (21) years of age and older. Distribution or sale of alcohol to any individual under the age of twenty-one is prohibited and unlawful.
Autumn Term – "Dry" Campus
Beginning August 1st and continuing until the residence halls open for the fall semester, the campus is “dry.” Even those over the age of 21 are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol during this time on campus.
Misrepresenting one’s age to obtain alcohol, using another’s ID, or altering any form of ID to misrepresent one’s age is prohibited and unlawful.
Students must be prepared to furnish, at any time, a valid Eckerd College identification card and a second acceptable form of ID. Failure to do so will result in conduct action against the individual for failure to comply and/or failure to have identification within possession.
Permitted Areas for Consumption of Alcohol
Alcohol may be consumed and possessed by those twenty-one (21) years of age and older in the following locations:
- Residential houses*
- Complex lounges
- Complex courtyards**
- Triton’s Pub and its adjacent patio
- Lewis House (during events where alcohol is served)
- At sanctioned campus events as explicitly permitted by the Dean of Students or his/her designee
* Includes only those residential houses which are not declared Health & Wellness, even if the individual(s) who reside there are 21 years of age or older.
**No beverage of any type in a glass drinking container may be allowed outside of residence halls and lounges. Use of glass drinking containers outdoors, regardless of legal drinking age, will result in conduct action.
Excessive and/or disruptive intoxication by persons of any age is prohibited. The College maintains the right to dispose of alcohol found on any person, no matter age, who appears to be excessively intoxicated, is displaying disorderly and/or disruptive behavior, or is a danger to self and/or the community. If a student is intoxicated and it is determined that he/she requires medical attention, the staff will call to have the student transported to the hospital. The student will bear financial responsibility and may face conduct action as a result of this level of intoxication. See Medical Amnesty/Good Samaritan Policies for Eckerd College’s limited immunity for individuals who require medical assistance due to alcohol and/or drugs.
Other Drugs (Including Prescription Drugs)
Under Florida State law (as well as local and federal laws), it is unlawful to possess, sell, distribute, intend to sell/distribute, manufacture/cultivate, or use illegal drugs and paraphernalia. Any item that may be used in the manufacture, distribution, sale, preparation, or use of drugs may be construed to be paraphernalia.
Illegal Drugs and Chemical Substances
Any chemical “substantially similar” to a controlled substance listed in Schedule I or II (of the US Controlled Substances Act) will be treated as if it were also listed in those schedules. Intentionally or recklessly inhaling or ingesting substances that will alter a student’s mental state is prohibited.
CO2 canisters are not permitted on the residential side of campus.
The possession or use of prescription medication for other than its prescribed use by the individual for whom it was prescribed is a violation of Florida State Law. The distribution or intent to sell one’s prescription medication is also a violation of College policy and Florida State Law. Possession and/or use of prescription drugs without a prescription is prohibited.