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Alcohol Policy

To comply with the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act of 1989 (DFSCA) and subsequent amendments, students and employees of PennWest Clarion are informed that strictly enforced policies are in place which prohibit the possession, use or distribution of any illicit drugs, including alcohol, on PennWest Clarion property or as part of any PennWest Clarion - sponsored activity unless event-specific permission is given for of-age students to consume alcohol moderately. Students and employees are also subject to all applicable legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for any offenses involving illicit drugs on PennWest Clarion property or at PennWest Clarion-sponsored activities. Free, confidential counseling for alcohol and other drug abuse issues is available to students and employees through the PennWest Clarion Counseling Services, Health Services, and the employee assistance program. Other resources may include assessment, individual counseling, educational programs, materials, and referral and case management through community agencies, all of which might include a fee.


PennWest Clarion's alcohol policy addresses the sale, service, distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages on University property or at University-sponsored events in accordance with federal, state and local laws. 

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Judicial Affairs reserves the right to notify the parents/guardians of students under 21 years of age, and the parents/guardians of dependent students, regardless of age, of any incident in which the student is found responsible for violating the PennWest Clarion drug policy. 

Students who are 21 years of age or older are permitted to possess and consume alcohol in their personal bedroom at Reinhard Villages. Students who are of legal drinking age may not share or provide alcohol to any students, employees or guests who are under 21 years of age. Those under the minimum legal drinking age of 21 years are not permitted to possess or consume alcohol anywhere on University property or at University-sponsored events. Drinking games and simulated drinking games (e.g. water pong) are prohibited on campus.  

Examples of violations of the PennWest Clarion Alcohol Policy, include:

  • Purchasing alcohol by a person under the age of 21
  • Selling or providing alcohol to a person under the age of 21
  • Possessing either full or empty alcohol containers by a person under the age of 21
  • Consuming alcohol by a person under the age of 21
  • Showing physical or mental impairment following or resulting from alcohol use
  • Possessing empty alcohol containers for decorative purposes
  • Using or possessing common sources of alcohol including, but not limited to kegs, party 

As stated in Section 4 of the Student Code of Conduct, "failure to comply with the reasonable directives of university officials or law enforcement officers during the performance of their duties and/or failure to identify oneself to these persons when requested to do so", is considered unacceptable behavior for a university student. An example of such behavior includes refusing to submit to a breath test when requested by a police officer, whether on or off-campus, which is considered a violation of the university Student Code of Conduct and may result in conduct sanctions. 

A partial list of PennWest Clarion alcohol policy violations and their subsequent sanctions can be found in the PennWest Clarion Community Standards document, starting on page 2.

In addition to its regulations, the university attempts to provide a program of alcohol awareness, education, treatment, counseling, and information to help students understand the university's alcohol policy and its implementation.  More information related to alcohol may be found at the Center for Wellness in 256 Becht Hall or online at

Last Updated 8/16/22