Nicholls State University strives to create an environment, which promotes and reinforces healthy, responsible living, within the context of its educational mission. To this end, and because of the risks to the health and safety of the individual and community, the University is opposed to the use and abuse of alcohol and any other drug for any purpose other than legitimate use. The University is committed to upholding all local, state and federal laws concerning use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and will support efforts in the campus community to confront violations of these laws. All student groups and/or organizations serving or permitting alcoholic beverages at any campus event must use the designated University food service contractor, for cash bar services. Nicholls State University is a tobacco free campus. The use of e-cigarettes and tobacco product in any form (smoking or chewing) is prohibited.
Nicholls State University Alcohol Policy Statement
Nicholls State University is committed to upholding all local, state and federal laws concerning use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and will support efforts in the campus community to confront violations of these laws. The University is also committed to maintaining a safe, healthful environment that supports its educational mission. The abuse of alcoholic beverages by its students, faculty, staff and their guests interferes with the accomplishment of this mission. More specifically, the abuse of alcohol (1) negatively impacts the life and well-being of citizens; (2) interferes with student learning, student retention, and student graduation; (3) generates a cost to the University through personal injury, crimes, property damage, and risk management; and (4) negatively affects the image of the University. Because Nicholls State University seeks to create a social environment that enhances learning, the following values with regard to alcohol will be upheld: (1) abstinence, as an option, is always supported and should never be discouraged; (2) although moderate and legal alcohol use may be permitted, the drinking of alcohol is never encouraged; (3) abusive consumption of alcohol is always discouraged; and (4) participation in illegal behaviors involving alcohol is not tolerated
Furthermore, inappropriate behaviors and associated negative consequences of alcohol misuse will not be tolerated. All persons on campus regardless of their status (e.g., students, faculty, staff and guests) must adhere to the Nicholls State alcohol policies herein.
The following principles will guide the University’s policy regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs:
- Students, faculty and staff are expected to take full responsibility for their own choices and behavior.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be possessed, distributed, served, or consumed on campus by persons under the age of 21. Proof of age shall be required at the time of purchase, entry in to the event, or at any time of the event, including during consumption by authorized University or law enforcement officials.
- Abstinence, as an option, is always supported and should never be discouraged;.
- Activities and functions without the consumption of alcohol are to be promoted.
- The campus food service contractor is the licensed vendor for alcoholic beverages on campus. The serving and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be allowed at events open to the public.
- Heavy consumption of alcohol is discouraged.
All student organizations, groups and/or teams serving or permitting alcoholic beverages at any campus event must (1) use the designated University food service contractor, for cash bar services and (2) use one of the University’s designated sites.
The mission of Nicholls State University extends beyond instruction and requires that the University maintain and improve programs which support and encourage the development of good character and responsible citizenship.
To this end the University expects its students and all members of the University community to respect the rights of others, as guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and the Constitution of the State of Louisiana. These rights include: the right to due process of law, the right to individual dignity, the right to property, the right to privacy, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right of assembly and petition, the right to vote, and freedom from discrimination. In respecting the dignity of all persons, the University condemns hate speech, as well as epithets and slurs based on race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.
The University expects all students to obey all federal, state and local laws, as well as properly constituted University authority, to fulfill contractual obligations, to maintain absolute integrity and a high standard of individual honor in academic work, and to interact and communicate with others in a respectful and civil manner