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Responsible Use of Alcohol

The University’s Student Code of Conduct prohibits individuals under the age of 21 from possessing or using alcohol, which is consistent with the law in Minnesota. Students who study abroad and who are of legal age in the host country and state may consume alcohol in moderation in the host country. However, students are responsible for their conduct and for following the laws of the host-country at all times. Abuse of alcohol or use of alcohol in a manner that discredits the student or otherwise violates this policy is a violation of program requirements and may lead to ineligibility for the program or involuntary withdrawal, suspension or expulsion from the program and the student will be responsible for all applicable costs as described in the program’s cancellation/withdrawal policies. 
The following are examples of conduct that violates the Student Code of Conduct and these requirements on responsible use of alcohol:
  • Missing a scheduled event or becoming ill due to excess consumption of alcohol.
  • Engaging in inappropriate behavior toward other individuals, destructive behavior toward property or other disorderly or irresponsible conduct as a result of alcohol consumption.
  • Engaging in behavior that causes embarrassment to the other members of the group, the faculty members, or the in-country hosts as a result of alcohol consumption.
  • Facilitating or encouraging a fellow student to abuse alcohol. Students are expected to encourage responsible alcohol use.
  • Using, possessing or distributing alcohol if the student is not of legal age in the host country or state.
  • Distributing alcohol to an individual who is not of legal age in the host country or state.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol.
This is not an exhaustive list. Students who choose to consume alcohol are responsible for using good judgment at all times.

Students are responsible for knowing U.S. customs laws regarding the possession of alcohol upon returning to the U.S. (e.g., you must be 21 years old to legally bring alcohol into the U.S. from abroad).

University policies prohibiting the illegal use, possession and trafficking of drugs apply while a student is studying abroad or in any off-campus study program.  Students are advised that drug laws vary from country to country and substances that are legal in the U.S. may be illegal in a foreign country. Students are responsible for complying with University policies and all local laws.