Campus Living Policies

Alcohol Policy

All alcohol must be registered with the Office of Residence Life or with the RA Office prior to entering the residence hall.

Residents of legal drinking age (age 21 and older) are permitted to consume alcohol in the Upper Class Hall of the Residence Hall or Apartment A only. Alcohol will not be permitted beyond the assigned areas.

The amount of alcohol allowed for personal consumption in a 24-hour period should not exceed one six-pack of beer cans or 1-liter of wine or one four-pack of wine coolers.

No hard alcohol, beer kegs or beer balls are allowed. Liquor bottles, full or empty, are not allowed in the residence hall. In addition, there will be no binge drinking allowed on campus and beer pong tables will be confiscated if discovered.

No student under the age of 21 should have full or empty beer or wine bottles or cans in his or her room or in his or her possession.

No student over the age of 21 should have more than 12 empty beer cans or one wine bottle in his or her room.

Students who are in an intoxicated state and it is deemed necessary to have an ambulance called will be responsible to pay the full costs associated with the EMS services provided.

Reasonable Search: At times during the semester, members of campus safety/fire Inspector and/or members of the Residence Life staff may enter a resident's room for the following reasons:  to complete Health and Safety Inspections, to confirm maintenance issues, in case of an emergency, or to investigate an alleged policy violation. Prior to entrance, search parties will announce their presence (this may not happen in the case of an emergency).

Alcohol Violations

  1.  Public intoxication or drunk and disorderly conduct.
  2. Giving or selling alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21.
  3. Possession and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under the age of 21 on college property.
  4. Possession or consumption of beer, wine, liquor or other form of alcohol on college property unless in accordance with policies pertaining to parties, campus-wide events, and the residence hall as state above and below. The rule applies to all students and includes any bottle, can, mug, or any other container used to transport alcohol.
  5. Violation of state and local ordinances with respect to purchase, transport, and consumption of alcohol.

Alcohol Sanctions
Please be aware that if you are sanctioned for an alcohol violation you may receive some or all of the sanctions listed.

  • First offense - Educational sanction, Alcohol Education, and community service.  Advisor and coach notifications.
  • Second offense -Disciplinary probation for 1 year, community service, parental notification and substance abuse screening. 
  • Third offense - parental notification, suspension or expulsion from classes and campus housing
     Possession or consumption of beer, wine, liquor or any other form of alcohol on college property unless in accordance with policies pertaining to parties, campus-wide events, and the residence hall as stated below. (Rule applies to all students and includes any bottle, can, mug, or other container used to transport alcohol.)

Violation of state and local ordinances with respect to purchase, transport, and consumption of alcohol.

Drug Policy

  1. Unlawful possession or use of a controlled substance or illegal drug.
  2. Providing a controlled substance or illegal drug to another person.
  3. Making, selling or intending to see a controlled substance or illegal drug to another person.
  4. Possession of paraphernalia for illegal drug production or use.
  5. Violation of federal, state and local ordinances with respect to possession, purchase, transport, and use of controlled substances or illegal drugs.

Drug Related Sanctions
Depending on the circumstances and severity of the violation, one or more of the following sanctions will be imposed.

  1. Attendance at a drug education workshop.
  2. Required participation in a substance abuse group for one year.
  3. Residence hall probation, suspension or expulsion.
  4. Parental notification.
  5. Monetary fines.
  6. Community service.
  7. College probation, suspension or dismissal.
  8. Referral to the proper legal authorities for investigation and/or possible prosecution.

 Guest Policy/Restrictions
 A guest is defined as a person who is staying in a resident's room for an evening or weekend.

An overnight guest must room with their host and they must be with their host at all times. the host is responsible for the behavior of their guest. 

The resident host will have the guest fill out an overnight guest form at the residence hall front desk. The form must be signed by the roomate and CA. The form is left at the front desk with a picture ID. If a visitor has a vehicle on campus, the visitor must put an overnight slip in the dashboard so campus safety is aware of the vehicle. A visitor must park in the lot behind McGrath Library.

A resident's room can have no more than two guests spending the evening and guest(s) may stay no longer than two consecutive nights during the week.

Visitors are allowed only 10 overnight visits per semester.

Under no circumstances will anyone under the age of 17 be permitted to stay as an overnight guest in the residence hall without written parental consent filed with the Office of Residence Life. This is to be done prior to arrival at the residence hall.

All guests are responsible to follow the rules and regulations that are stated in both the Residence Life Handbook and the Student Handbook.

Any infraction by guests will result in immediate expulsion of the guests from the residence hall.

A resident's privilege to have guests is subjected to the following limitations: 

  •  A resident may not pressure or force roommates to tolerate the presence of a guest.
  • A guest may not occupy a student's room when the student is not present (a resident may not give a guest a room key or college ID to enter the hall).
  • At all times the resident must accompany the guest inside the residence hall.

Legal Policy
The Student Code of Rights and Responsibilities found in the Student Handbook and the New York State Penal Code are very explicit with respect to policies, violations and sanctions. Depending on the violation - sexual abuse, aggravated sexual misconduct or any of the three degrees of rape - a guilty individual may receive a prison sentence of five days to 25 years and/or fined up to $5,000.

Where there is probable cause to believe that such violations have occurred, the college will pursue strong disciplinary action through its own channels. This discipline includes the possibility of suspension or dismissal from the college. The victim can bring a complaint either through the college judicial system or in criminal courts or both. The victim is encouraged to speak with the vice president for student life, the director of counseling, or a campus safety officer to discuss the various legal courses open to them.

Sexual Assault Policy
Forcing or coercing someone to have sexual intercourse or engage in other sexual contact is against the law. Specifically, in New York State if a person is forced to have sexual intercourse or is unable to consent (i.e., saying yes or no) for reasons of fear of injury, fear for their life, or is mentally incapacitated due to drug and/or alcohol consumption, or if the person is mentally defective, is asleep, or is less than 17 years of age (male or female), under these circumstances it is rape. Please refer to the Student Handbook for further information about this topic.

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act
In accordance with federal law, as of Oct. 1, 2003 Hilbert maintains a registry of sex offenders living or working on campus, which is available to students, faculty and staff. The registry is located in the Office of Campus Safety.

Smoking Policy
No smoking is allowed in any campus building including the Residence Hall and Apartments. in addition, hookas and/or bongs are not allowed on campus at any time. If such an item is found, it may be confiscated by Campus Safety.

Weapons Policy
All Hilbert students and personnel are prohibited from possessing any firearms, ammunition or other similar dangerous instruments, that can threaten and/or cause bodily harm to themselves or others. Any weapon found would be confiscated by campus safety personnel and the owner is subject to disciplinary and possible legal action. This includes paint ball guns.