Alcohol and Hazing
The college does not support events in which alcohol service is the main focus. Therefore, it is important to ask your student organization whether an event is based on alcohol, or whether alcohol is merely a part of a well-planned event. Events where alcohol is served require a beer garden set-up,
wristbands, bartenders (staffed by the SAIL Office), security, and food – all of which can cost hundreds of dollars. Please discuss these additional costs associated with serving alcohol with your student organization during the planning process, and refer them to the SAIL Office for additional information and planning assistance.
From the Providence College Student Handbook:
“College policy and Rhode Island law strictly prohibit hazing. Hazing is defined as any conduct or method of initiation into any student organization which willfully or recklessly endangers the physical or mental health of any person. In accordance with Rhode Island law, such conduct shall include, but not be limited to, whipping, beating, branding, forced calisthenics, exposure to the weather, forced consumption of any food, liquor, beverage, drug, or other substance, or any brutal treatment of forced physical activity which is likely to adversely affect the physical health or safety of any person, or which subjects any person to extreme mental stress, including extended deprivation of sleep or rest or extended isolation (R.I.G.L. § 11-21-1). Any student who engages in hazing activities may be subject to criminal prosecution and disciplinary action by the College. In addition, sanctions may be imposed on any student organization whose members engage in hazing activities.”
If you suspect that the student club or organization you advise are hazing new or existing members, it is your responsibility as an advisor to report this misconduct to the Vice President of Student Affairs Administration and/or the Office of Safety and Security.