Policy on Alcohol & Illegal Drugs
The Cooper Union strictly adheres to all local, state, and federal laws relating to the use or illegal manufacture of drugs and alcohol on its premises or at any college-sponsored event. Students who violate Cooper Union’s policies will be subject to disciplinary actions under A Code of Fair Practice.
On campus, students over the age of 21 may consume alcohol only in the context of official campus events where there is a security guard present to check I.D.’s. Alcohol may not be carried from the room in which it is served. Student groups recognized by the Joint Activities Committee who wish to have alcohol at a student event must follow the Cooper Union procedures listed at the end of this section.
As a professional school, The Cooper Union has historically attracted students who are serious about academic and artistic achievement and who have understood how substance addictions undermine academic performance. It is a goal of this institution to maintain an environment of academic seriousness.
The most immediate consequence of substance abuse at The Cooper Union is often a dismal academic performance, leading to academic dismissal. Long-term consequences of substance abuse can include major health problems, lowered employment prospects, and even an early demise.
Loss of a student to substance abuse not only blights the prospects of that individual to have a fulfilling career, but also deprives the community at The Cooper Union of that individual’s unique talents and contributions. To avoid such a loss, the institution is committed to providing assistance to students with substance abuse problems through appropriate education and referral.
New York State Law Regarding Alcohol
New York State has very strict laws about alcohol. Section 65 of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law states:
No person shall sell, deliver or give away or cause or permit or procure to be sold, delivered or given away any alcoholic beverages to:
- Any person, actually or apparently, under the age of twenty-one years;
- Any visibly intoxicated person;
- Any habitual drunkard known to be such to the person authorized to dispense any alcoholic beverages.
In addition, legislation enacted in November of 1991 specifies that a U.S. or Canadian drivers’ license or non-driver identification card, a valid passport, or an identification card issued by the United States Armed Forces must be used as written evidence of age for the purchase of alcoholic beverages. New York State law also prohibits the possession of alcoholic beverages with the intent to consume by a minor and makes it a crime to produce fraudulent proof of age. Students in possession of a phony identification card should know that the antiterrorism measures put in place by the New York City police department have improved the ability to detect fake ids and have resulted in several arrests.
New York State imposes liability on any person who serves alcohol illegally to a minor. This means if someone serves a minor alcohol, the person serving the alcohol can be sued for damages by anyone harmed by that minor, including the parents or family of the minor if the minor himself or herself suffers harm.
Procedures for Use in the Serving of Alcoholic Beverages at Student Events Approved by the Joint Activities Committee
- The serving of hard liquor is not permitted at any college event involving students.
- Student groups must hire a licensed caterer for the serving of wine and beer at student events. Such serving will be limited to those persons at the legal age in New York State of 21 years. To facilitate quick identification of students of legal age at the point of service, a process of carding that requires the presentation of Cooper Union ID and an ID that complies with the 1991 New York State law will be carried out by a security guard available solely for that purpose and paid for by the sponsoring student club through allocated JAC funds. All student events must be approved by JAC. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
- Sponsors of JAC-approved events have primary responsibility for ensuring that only those of legal drinking age are served alcohol. Sponsors must include at least two persons 21 years of age or older. Such events must include the serving of food, in sufficient amount for the numbers attending; and the displaying of a variety of non-alcoholic beverages must be featured as prominently as alcoholic beverages and dispensed in the same area.
- The promotion of alcohol in advertisements for events is not permitted. Other aspects of the event should be emphasized—such as entertainment, availability of food, etc.
- The serving of alcoholic beverages should be discontinued one hour before the end of the event at a minimum.
- Event sponsors not only must refuse to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone appearing intoxicated, but also must provide appropriate assistance to such persons. Assistance may include, but is not limited to, providing safe transportation arrangements for intoxicated guests, and medical help.
- Event must comply with all Federal and New York State Laws.
Procedures for Serving Alcohol at Exhibitions
Students who wish to serve alcohol in connection with a student exhibition opening should consult the appropriate academic dean for the policies and procedures to follow, including ordering a guard. The following rules apply to all exhibitions where alcohol is served.
- The serving of hard liquor is not permitted.
- Alcohol service will be permitted at student receptions only when the student presenters are over 21 years of age. In the case of a group presentation the majority of students must be over 21.
- Coordinators for Exhibitions must hire a licensed caterer for the serving of wine and beer at events. Such serving will be limited to those persons who can prove attainment of the minimum legal drinking age in New York State of 21 years. To facilitate quick identification of students of legal age at the point of service, a process of carding that requires the presentation of a Cooper Union ID will be carried out by a security available solely for that purpose and paid for by the student exhibitors. There are no exceptions to this requirement.
- Such events must include the serving of food, in sufficient amount for the number attending, and the displaying of a variety of non-alcoholic beverages must be featured as prominently as alcoholic beverages and dispensed in the same area.
- The promotion of alcohol in advertisements for events is not permitted.
- Event sponsors must not only refuse to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone who appears intoxicated, but also must provide appropriate assistance to such persons. Assistance may include, but is not limited to, providing safe transportation arrangements for intoxicated guests and arranging for medical help.
- State law requires that a U.S. or Canadian driver’s license or non-driver identification card, a valid passport or an ID issued by the U.S. Armed Forces must be used as written evidence of age for procuring alcoholic beverages.
- The amount of alcohol permitted shall reflect the number of students over 21 years of age at the event, as approved by the academic dean, and in no case shall exceed 48 (12 oz.) cans or bottles of beer or 12 (750 ml.) bottles of wine.
- Event must comply with all Federal and New York State Laws.