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Important Drug and Alcohol Information

In accordance with the requirements of The Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendment of 1989 and the Drug Free Workplace Act, please be advised of the following important information. (Appended to this document is a complete copy of the Drug Free Workplace Policy and of New Jersey’s Executive Order No. 204 applicable to employees.) Ramapo College Regulations and Policies

The Student Handbook includes the Code of Conduct which forbids the following conduct by students:

  • Unauthorized distribution or possession for purposes of distribution of any controlled substance, illegal drug, or commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia.
  • Use or possession of any controlled substance, illegal drug, or commonly acknowledged drug paraphernalia.
  • Violation of Federal, State, local, or campus drug or alcohol laws, regulations, or rules.

College Alcohol Policy:

As of January 1, 1983, New Jersey State law prohibited the sale, possession, or consumption of alcohol by individuals under 21 years of age. Ramapo College is a public institution governed by Federal, State, and local laws and by College regulations.

College guidelines for the legal consumption, sale, and possession of alcohol on the campus are intended to acknowledge the rights of the individual while maintaining the best possible learning environment. Thus, the following alcohol policy is in effect:

  1. This policy applies to all members of the Ramapo community and to those who rent space here and wish to sponsor events at which alcohol will be served or sold.
  2. If alcohol is to be served and no money is to change hands, only a College Alcohol Permit and a copy of the policy must be obtained in the Office of Student Development (Robert A. Scott Student Center, second floor). Sponsors must pick up signed permits in the Office of Student Development where event arrangements will be finalized.
  3. If alcohol is to be sold, or where any transfer of money takes place, the sponsor of the event must secure a Special Permit for Social Affairs from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and a Ramapo College Alcohol Permit. The application for the ABC permit must be submitted at least two weeks before the event to the Trenton office, be accompanied by a fee, and have the signatures of authorized College and local officials. The final permit from the New Jersey Alcohol and Beverage Commission must be submitted to the Director of Student Activities at least 24 hours before the event. Details about how to apply for this permit are available in the Office of Student Development and from the Office of Events and Conferences.
  4. Alcohol permits (College and/or N.J. Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control) and a copy of this policy must be prominently displayed at the bar where the alcohol is being dispensed/sold.
  5. New Jersey State law requires all advertising, tickets, etc., which contain references to the sale of alcohol include the permit number that will be issued.
  6. Members of the Bartender’s Guild, a group of trained students, are required to oversee the process of proofing guests and serving/selling alcohol at events for which permits are obtained. The members of the Guild are to be paid by the sponsor at a specified hourly rate. Bartenders are allowed to serve only those wearing wristbands, and may request additional proof of age as they deem necessary. No bartender may serve anyone who appears intoxicated.
  7. At events where students will be present or where those under the age of 21 are likely to be present, two proofs of identification (Ramapo College picture ID and either a driver’s license, passport, or birth certificate) will be required. In addition, students will be further identified through a computer print-out containing current students’ names, student identification numbers, and birth dates. Before obtaining wristbands, which authorize students to purchase/consume alcohol at the event, students must sign a statement attesting to the fact that they have read and understand the current College Alcohol Policy.
  8. In rare cases, where all guests at an event are going to be over the age of 21, the sponsor of the event may request an exemption from using the Bartender’s Guild to sell/dispense alcohol. This request must be made at the same time the permit application is completed. The response to the request will be made by the Director of Student Activities, after consulting with the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students, or the Associate Dean of Students. If an exemption is granted, the sponsor must agree to carefully monitor the event to ensure all those who purchase or consume alcohol are of legal age and there is no excessive drinking or open drunkenness. In addition, the sponsor must agree to read and become familiar with information provided by the Office of Student Development at the time the permit is obtained relating to the monitoring of events at which alcohol is served or sold.
  9. Guests who are not Ramapo College students and wish to attend a College event at which alcohol is to be dispensed/sold, must be hosted by a Ramapo student with a current valid College ID. The host must be present at the time the guest wishes to enter the event and understand that he/she will be responsible for the actions of the guest. Hosted guests must present two forms of identification, including one with a photograph and date of birth, and print and sign their names on the list at the entrance to the event. The Ramapo College host will be required to legibly sign the list next to the guest’s name.
  10. At events for which alcohol permits have been obtained, the alcohol service area will be roped off or otherwise demarked from the general event area. Alcohol may not be removed from the roped off area.
  11. College Public Safety Officers and/or Mahwah Police Officers, as well as members of the Bartender’s Guild, will monitor events to ensure proper procedures are followed.
  12. Non-alcoholic beverages must also be served whenever alcohol is served/sold, and must be displayed as openly as the alcohol. Food must be served in adequate amounts when alcoholic beverages are served or sold.
  13. Persons attending events at which alcohol is sold or served may not bring any alcohol to the event. The only alcohol to be consumed at a sanctioned event is to be sold/served by those charged with that responsibility. Students arriving intoxicated from drinking elsewhere will be barred.
  14. No student activity fee money may be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  15. Deliveries of alcoholic beverages to the campus may not be made by liquor stores or distributors unless specifically authorized by the President or his/her designee, the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students, or the Associate Dean. Deliveries to the residence halls are prohibited.
  16. No event for which an alcohol permit has been issued may include any kind of a “drinking contest” or “drinking game”, or feature any inducements to consume excessive amounts of alcohol. Advertisements for events shall not make reference to the amount of alcohol to be available, nor promote alcohol as a prime feature.
  17. Public intoxication/drunkenness is not an acceptable condition for anyone on campus, whether the drinking which lead to it took place on or off campus. The identification of such persons at events for which permits have been issued will generally be made by members of the Bartender’s Guild and Ramapo College Public Safety Officers. A person in this condition may be asked to leave an event. If the person is a student, the student’s family or emergency contact may be called to assist. Other guests may have a taxi called (at the intoxicated person’s expense) to take them to their permanent residence. Those who are intoxicated/drunk and whose behavior is disruptive, may have charges filed against them for violations of the College Code of Conduct (students) and/or the appropriate local or State statutes (students, employees and guests).
  18. College-approved Public Safety and Police personnel must be present at all events at which alcohol is served or sold.

There are separate rules for alcohol use pertaining to the College’s residence halls. These can be found in the Guide to Community Living; copies are available in the Office of Residence Life.


Students not in compliance with the rules and regulations of the Code of Conduct (found in the Student Handbook) who have been found guilty of committing these infractions are subject to a range of sanctions. Possible sanctions are: official warning, disciplinary probation, critical disciplinary probation, restitution, suspension, expulsion, and/or other sanctions such as residence hall privileges limited or revoked, work or research projects assigned, community service projects assigned, and/or, in the case of alcohol/drug abuse, referral to the CheckPoint Program.


Employees not in compliance may be subject to discipline up to and including termination as defined for specific employee categories by existing College policies, statutes, rules, regulations, employment contracts, and labor agreements. At the discretion of the College, any employee convicted of a drug offense involving the workplace shall be subject to employee discipline and/or required to satisfactorily complete a drug rehabilitation program as a condition of continued employment.