Standards of Conduct

The information below outlines the Standards of Conduct that clearly prohibit, at a minimum, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of Illicit Drugs and Alcohol by students and employees on its property or as part of its activities.

Alcoholic Beverages, Drugs, and Narcotics

A person is guilty of unauthorized sale of an alcoholic beverage when he or she sells, or offers for sale, any alcoholic beverage on University property without full compliance with the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and the permission of PACES. Possession without prescription of medicine or any possession of illegal drugs is contrary to federal and/or state law. Any student found to be in illegal possession of drugs must be reported to the appropriate civil authorities and may also be subject to disciplinary action by the University.  

Use of alcoholic beverages on campus is governed by the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law, the rules of the State Liquor Authority, and the regulations established by PACES. Further information concerning the regulations and approval process may be obtained from George Arnold of PACES.

All provisions of the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and all rules of the State Liquor Authority apply to the State University of New York at Potsdam.  

No person under the age of twenty-one years may possess and consume alcohol in the residence halls. For students over twenty-one years of age, possession shall be for personal consumption only in the privacy of student rooms and limited in quantity. Any person in possession of alcohol may be required by a member of the University Residence Halls staff to produce identification and proof of age. Any person who violates any of the rules regarding possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages will be requested to directly dispose of the beverage, or it will be confiscated and disposed of in accordance with the law. Contact the Office of Residence Life, Draime Hall, for further details, (315) 267-2350.

If a student engages in repeated behavior in violation of the Student Rules and Regulations which is indicative of likely substance abuse problems, he or she may be required to attend a meeting or hearing with the Director of Residence Life and/or other College officials, as appropriate. The result may be dismissal from the residence halls or non-renewal of the housing agreement. Acceptance of a referral to a counseling agency for substance abuse treatment may serve to suspend the implementation of such sanction. In such case, probation regarding future behavior will be imposed, and documentation of an on-going relationship with the agency may be required.