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Alcohol & Drugs

Alcohol Policy

Maryland Institute College of Art is committed to enforcing College policies that prohibit persons under the age of 21 from possessing, serving, or consuming alcohol. In addition, MICA discourages those 21 years and over from abusing alcohol. The unauthorized possession or use of alcoholic beverages on College-owned or -controlled property, including student residences, is expressly forbidden. As adults, students bear ultimate personal responsibility for knowing and adhering to state and federal law.

Students living in campus housing who are 21 years or older may drink alcohol in the privacy of their apartments; however, they may not buy or serve alcohol to students or others under the legal drinking age. If an apartment is shared by those both under and over 21, it must be clear to any College official that alcohol is being consumed only by those 21 years of age and older. If an apartment is occupied only by those under 21, then alcohol is not permitted under any circumstance.

Open containers of alcohol are not permitted in any of the public or common spaces on campus, including courtyards, stairwells, or parking lots. Multi-quart containers such as kegs are not allowed in any campus-owned or -controlled space.

Students who violate this policy will be subject to the following sanctions, among others, depending upon College officials' assessment of the severity of the violation(s):

  • Alcohol education
  • Assessment for alcohol abuse problem
  • Required alcohol abuse treatment program
  • Housing probation (if student resides in College housing)
  • Dismissal from College housing (if student resides in College housing)
  • Suspension from the College
  • Dismissal from the College
  • Referral to law enforcement agencies

Also, if alcohol is found in the possession of underage students, staff will require that the alcohol be disposed of in the presence of the staff member.  Students who are in the presence of alcohol, under certain circumstances, may also be determined to be in violation of the alcohol policy.

Student Openings and Parties

Because the majority of MICA students are not of legal drinking age, alcohol is not allowed at student events, including undergraduate and graduate student openings. With appropriate authorization, alcohol may be served at some College sponsored or sanctioned activities, but only to persons who provide verifiable proof of age. In general, most events on campus that include alcohol require the use of a bartender provided by Dining Services.

Graduate students may work with the Office of Graduate Studies to register graduate events that take place in approved graduate spaces with restricted attendance. The serving of alcoholic beverages in such instances must recieve the specific written approval of the Vice President for Student Affairs and will require strict supervision of the event and adherence to the alcohol policy stated above. The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs or the Office of Graduate Studies can provide additional information.

Drug Policy

The use, possession, or sale (or possession with intent to sell) of illegal or illicit drugs or narcotics is expressly prohibited by federal state, and local laws and regulations, as well as College policy. Possession or use of illicit drugs by students are grounds for severe sanctions, including expulsion, and may result in referral to authorities for prosecution. The possession of drug paraphernalia (including hookahs, bongs, needles not for prescribed use, and other such items) is also a violation of both state law and College policy.

Students who violate this policy will be subject to any of the following sanctions, among others, depending upon College officials’ assessment of the severity of the violations:

  • Assessment for substance abuse problem (cost to be borne by student)
  • Required substance abuse treatment program (cost to be borne by student)
  • Mandatory drug testing program (cost to be borne by student)
  • Housing probation (if student lives in College housing)
  • Dismissal from College housing (if student lives in College housing)
  • College probation
  • Loss of financial aid
  • Suspension from the College
  • Dismissal from the College
  • Referral to law enforcement agencies

Alcohol & Other Drug Education Programs

The Office of Student Affairs and the Wellness Center offer educational programs on a range of alcohol- and drug-related topics on a yearly basis. Topics vary from year to year and may include the relationship between artists and alcohol or drugs, how to have fun without alcohol, and coping with family members with addictions. Written material on the effects of alcohol and drugs is distributed during the year. The College counselors are available to talk with students experiencing alcohol- or drug-related difficulties and can refer students to other resources in the community.