Drug & Alcohol Policy

As an institution of higher learning, Rensselaer is committed to educating its community on the dangers and destructive effects of alcohol and illicit drug use. Rensselaer expects responsible behavior to accompany the legal consumption of alcohol and offers supportive services and education toward this end.

Students under the age of 21 may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on Rensselaer property. Students who are legally able to consume alcohol should understand that it is against New York state law to provide alcohol to those under 21. Rensselaer policy prohibits any student from possessing an open container of alcohol in any public space, even if the student is 21 or older. Drinking games promote the abuse of alcohol and are therefore prohibited on campus, regardless of age. Driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is a serious violation of the Honor Code as well as the Student Code of Conduct, and it is a violation of New York state law.

The use, possession or sale of illicit drugs or drug-related paraphernalia as defined by New York State law is strictly prohibited on RPI property, as is the misuse of prescription drugs. Students are responsible for securing their prescription medications.

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