Date: July 2016
To: Members of the Faculty
From: Katherine Rowe, Provost and Dean of the Faculty
Subject: College Policy on Alcoholic Beverages
I write to remind you that it is contrary to college policy to serve alcoholic
beverages to our students who are under 21 years of age. In August 2000 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
adopted a statute which makes it a criminal offense, punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,000 fine,
for any person to furnish any alcoholic beverage to a person under 21 years, parents or grandparents of the
person excepted. This law covers public and private functions, including dinner parties, department events, and functions in your own home.
A faculty member who serves alcohol to a student under the age of 21 is in violation of the law and college policy. Violating the law can lead to legal liability and the college will generally not defend or indemnify a faculty member who is alleged to have served alcohol in violation of the law. Additionally, violation of this college policy may be the subject of disciplinary action. The potential financial and negative consequences of serving alcohol to underage students can be enormous.
College departmental functions on campus should consult with Dining Services for the service of alcohol to address concerns about potential liability of serving students and make arrangements to hire Dining Services when possible. Prior schduling of such service and ample notice are necessary. Please contact Kathy Zieja for further assistance.
Please help the college help students enjoy the coming weeks responsibly and without incident by adhering to this policy and the law.