230.010 – ALCOHOL POLICY

Date Revised: January 2019

Purpose and Goal
Maine Media Workshops + College is committed to protecting the safety, health and well being of all individuals in the MMW+C community. We recognize that alcohol abuse is a significant threat to our goals. We have established an alcohol policy that balances our respect for individuals with the need to maintain an alcohol abuse free environment. Maine Media encourages individuals to voluntarily seek help with an alcohol problem.

Applicability
Our alcohol policy is intended to apply whenever anyone is on campus or representing the organization.

Alcoholic Beverages
The sale, possession, and use of alcohol at Maine Media Workshops + College must comply with the laws of the State of Maine.

Prohibited

  • The acquisition, possession, transportation, and consumption of alcohol by anyone under 21 years of age.
    • Anyone over 21 years of age possessing and consuming alcohol in a prohibited area of campus is proper cause for disciplinary action and may result in dismissal.
    • NO alcohol may be consumed or purchased from outside of Maine Media, and any alcohol obtained from the Maine Media licensed bar may not be consumed in these non-licensed areas:
      • Young Artists dining tent – across from Haas building
      • NIC, Haas, Film Building & Shepherd
      • All classrooms balconies, stairs, hallways & offices
      • Homestead
      • Smoking Area, Parking lots, Driveways & Lawns

Permitted

  • Alcohol may be consumed at Maine Media only by persons 21 years of age or older, in appropriately licensed areas and distributed by authorized personnel (2 drink limit). Individuals must present a valid form of identification each time an alcoholic beverage is served.
  • Alcohol provided by Maine Media’s bar may be consumed in these licensed areas ONLY
    • Dining Pavilion
    • Pathway from the dining pavilion to the soundstage
    • Soundstage
    • Residential areas on our campus do not fall under our existing liquor license. This means that alcohol purchased from outside of Maine Media is permitted and may be consumed by adults 21 or over. No alcohol may be served to anyone under the age of 21. These areas are permitted for responsible alcohol consumption:
      • Campus Residence
      • Kate’s Cottage
      • Ranch House

All are expected to assume responsibility for their own behavior while drinking and must understand that being under the influence of alcohol in no way lessens their accountability to the Maine Media community.

Searches
Entering the organization’s property constitutes consent to searches and inspections. If an individual is suspected of violating the alcohol policy, he or she may be asked to submit to a search or inspection at any time.

Consequences
One of the goals of our alcohol policy is to encourage anyone to voluntarily seek help with alcohol abuse. If, however, an individual violates the policy, the consequences are serious.

If a Maine Media community member violates the policy, he or she may subject to dismal from Maine Media.

Assistance
Maine Media Workshops + College recognizes that alcohol abuse is a treatable illnesses. We also realize that early intervention and support improve the success of rehabilitation. To support our community, our alcohol policy:

  • Encourages individuals to utilize the services of qualified professionals in the community to assess the seriousness of alcohol problem and identify appropriate sources of help.

Local and National assistance information:
Maine –
Sweetser directory of services. 
https://www.sweetser.org/programs-services/
General directory number : 1-800-434-3000
Crisis line: 207-568-1112. 
Veteran’s number: 1-800-434-3000 
Eating Disorder Recovery number: 1-207-294-4522
Maine Health and Human Services Hotline Directory: 
https://www.maine.gov/dhhs/hotlines.htm
National –
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) (US govt)
1-800-662-HELP (4357)
https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline
Treatment locator: https://findtreatment.samhsa.gov/

Confidentiality
All information received by the organization through the alcohol policy is confidential communication. Access to this information is limited to those who have a legitimate need to know in compliance with relevant laws and management policies.

Shared Responsibility
A safe and productive environment is achieved through cooperation and shared responsibility. All community members are asked not attend classes if impaired due to use of alcohol.
In addition, community members are encouraged to:

  • Be concerned about learning in a safe environment.
  • Report incidents of abuse or underage drinking.
  • Report dangerous behavior to student services.

Reporting
Within 24 hours of an incident, please complete Maine Media’s online incident report. Please be detailed and thorough. It is important that the names of all persons present be listed.