Nicholas School Alcohol Policy

As a community of scholars and learners, Duke University and the Nicholas School of the Environment expect Nicholas School students to be responsible in their use of alcohol. Students, staff, and faculty members are encouraged to learn about the social, physiological, and psychological consequences of drinking and alcohol abuse. Excessive and high-risk drinking can lead to negative consequences for the Duke community, including assault, illness, injury, litter, noise, property damage, and driving under the influence. All students, staff and faculty as members of the Duke community share responsibility for creating an environment that limits dangerous drinking behaviors and, therefore, reduces the likelihood of negative outcomes.

Guidelines for the use of alcohol at Nicholas School functions are as follows:

  1. All members of the Nicholas School community are responsible for behaving in a manner that is not disruptive or a danger to themselves or others. Advertising or other communication that references the availability of alcohol at a function should neither promote alcohol as the focus of the event nor promote excessive drinking.
  2. Provide a “server” for events where alcohol is offered, rather than allowing self- service. The server will be responsible for checking IDs for persons s/he doesn’t recognize as being of legal drinking age and for refusing to serve anyone who appears to have had too much to drink. Provide non-alcoholic beverages and snacks as well.
  3. At parties, take tickets at the door in a manner that guards against entry of unknown or underage persons. Provide the option for partiers to spend the night rather than drive after drinking, or provide a means of transportation for those who should not drive themselves.
  4. During field trips, faculty and TAs in charge should state alcohol policies clearly in advance of the trip; e.g., whether alcohol is permitted at all (often prohibited by law in campgrounds), legal requirements (not buying alcohol for underage persons, no open containers in vehicles, not providing alcohol to those already intoxicated), expectation of responsible legal drinking (limited consumption; in some situations – boats, camping – limit on number of drinks may be stated for safety reasons), and use of designated drivers. Those in charge of field trips, including faculty and TAs, must drink responsibly, if at all, so that they can act competently in case of emergency. Remember that a graduate class may include undergraduate students who may not drink legally.
  5. Become familiar with Duke’s policies regarding alcohol use: Note that some of these policies target undergraduate students who may not drink legally.