For Residence Halls & University Apartments
Residents and their guests are required to comply with state and local statutes as well as university and Department of Residence Life rules concerning possession, sale, and distribution of alcoholic beverages. Public intoxication by residents and their guests that disrupts others will not be tolerated. This behavior will be confronted by the Department of Residence Life staff and violations of rules or regulations by a family member or guest may result in disciplinary action against both the student and the family member or guest. It is expected that all students, family members and guests respectfully comply with the directions of university officials who are acting in the official performance of their duties and responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to, producing valid identification and changing behavior when asked. Resident Advisors are considered university officials when acting in their job capacity.
Residents may be found responsible for violating the Department of Residence Life policy and university rules and regulations. In addition to this:
- In order for alcohol to be allowed in the room, all of the residents assigned to the room must be of legal age (21 or older). In addition to this, all guests present when alcohol is being consumed must be of legal age, which is defined as an individual of the age of 21 or older.
- Alcoholic beverages may be possessed or consumed, but not sold or manufactured, in the privacy of eligible rooms by those residents of legal age and their invited guests who are of legal age.
- All alcohol transported through public areas must be unopened. Possession of open containers or consumption of alcoholic beverages is not permitted in hallways, balconies, lounges, stairways, courtyards, community bathrooms, parking lots, or any public areas on campus.
- Bulk or common source alcohol containers (kegs, etc) are not allowed in the residence halls. Residents will dispose of ALL alcohol in bulk or common source containers in the presence of staff members. Kegs, even when empty, are not permitted in the residence halls.
- If any minor is found consuming and/or possessing alcohol in the room of legal age residents, ALL alcohol in that room will be disposed of. Any alcohol belonging to individuals of legal age that may have been confiscated may be claimed from the CD/GHD/RM after student conduct proceedings have been completed unless it is determined that the alcohol was being distributed by the legal age resident(s) to minors. In the latter case, disposal of the alcohol will occur.
- Alcohol found in a room where alcohol consumption is prohibited will be disposed of, and ALL persons present in the room will be subject to disciplinary charges. If alcohol bottles or containers appear empty but contain small amounts or alcohol residue, they will be treated as a violation of the alcohol policy. If the alcohol bottles have been emptied and cleaned out and are being used as decorations, they are allowed.
- Open access to alcohol may be considered to have occurred when bulk or common source alcohol containers are available or when more open containers exist than legal age persons present.
Those found in violation of Texas A&M University Student Rules regarding alcohol will, at a minimum, receive a disciplinary sanction (most likely conduct probation or higher) and be required to meet with the Student Conduct Office or their CD/GHD/RM. Those found in violation will also be referred to the Alcohol and Drug Education Program (ADEP) for required participation in an alcohol education program.
If an underage student is found responsible for violating an alcohol or drug rule on campus, a letter indicating as much will be sent to their parents or legal guardian by the Dean of Student Life. A student who is transported to a medical facility for alcohol issues may receive a mandated referral to Student Counseling Services.