A Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan

Bradley University has developed a “Comprehensive Alcohol Action Plan” that went into effect on June 1, 2008. The plan contains new and enhanced alcohol awareness and educational programs, and alternative programs such as Late Night Bu, as well as additional sanctions for violating the alcohol policy. The plan also deals with the use and misuse of alcohol in the surrounding community. The plan has the support of the campus community and the student leadership.

The full plan which can be found at: http://www.bradley.edu/alcoholplan

Policy on Alcoholic Beverages Standards of Conduct for students

The University administration expects its students to be knowledgeable of and abide by the law of the State of Illinois, which requires that persons be 21 years of age or older to purchase, possess, or consume alcoholic beverages, including wine and beer. The University will:

  1. Encourage all organizations to check for a Bradley I.D., which shall be required for admission to the event.
  2. Not permit kegs (including cooler balls, beer bongs, etc.) in any University supervised housing including residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and apartments.
  3. Not permit the consumption of alcoholic beverages by any student, regardless of age, in any public area of the University.
  4. The University does not condone the abuse of alcohol (including drinking games) by any student regardless of age. Students who violate University regulations associated with the use of alcohol may be subject to University judicial action as outlined within the Student Handbook. There are a variety of services available to help educate students on their alcohol usage: including, Fresh Start (peer-to-peer program within the Wellness Programs office) and alcohol assessments available from a counselor within Health Services.

Bradley University Good Samaritan Policy

Bradley University recognizes the importance of prompt and appropriate medical assistance and/or treatment for severe alcohol intoxication, overdose, or physical injury. In an attempt to diminish the barriers for treatment, reduce the harmful consequences of excessive substance use, and increase the likelihood campus community members will call for medical assistance when needed, the Good Samaritan Policy has been created.

  • If a student calls for medical attention for another student because of severe alcohol intoxication, overdose, or physical injury by calling 911 or campus police (x2000), then the individual initiating the call will not be subject to disciplinary proceedings through the University Judicial System.
  • A representative of an organization hosting an event who calls for medical attention for an individual present at their event and works cooperatively with responders shall not receive judicial sanctions that might arise from the possession and/or consumption of alcohol, if the situation is an isolated event. Repeated violations of the Bradley University Standards of Conduct by an organization will warrant judicial consequences. Failure of an organization to seek appropriate medical assistance may also result in judicial action against an individual or organization.
  • Responsibility for determining applicability of this policy will be made by the Center for Residential Living and Leadership. This policy is not intended to address possible violations of criminal laws or their consequences.
  • This policy is intended to be a support mechanism for students in need. Any abuse of this policy or any other University policy may result in University Judicial action.

Legal sanctions State of Illinois: Alcohol

Class A Misdemeanors

Selling, Giving, Providing Information

Illinois Revised Statute 43 1316-16(a) 

  • Selling, giving, or furnishing to any person under the age of 21 years any false or fraudulent written, printed, or photostatic evidence of the age and identity of such person or any other person.
  • Selling or Giving Alcohol to Under 21 Illinois Revised Statute 43 1316-16(a).
  • Selling, giving or delivering alcoholic liquor to a person under the age of 21 years.

Class B Misdemeanors

 Possession of False Identification

Illinois Revised Statute 43 1316-16(a) 

  • Any person under 21 years of age who presents or offers to any licensee, his agent or employee, any written, printed or photostatic evidence of age and identity which is false, fraudulent, or not actually his own for the purpose of ordering, purchasing, attempting to purchase or otherwise procuring or attempting to procure, the serving of any alcoholic beverage, or who has in his possession any false or fraudulent written, printed, or photostatic evidence of age and identity. 

Possession of Alcohol in Public


Illinois Revised Statute 43 1316-16(a) 

  • Any person under the age of 21 years who has any alcoholic beverage in his POSSESSION on any street or highway or in any public place or in any place open to the public.

Class C Misdemeanors 

False Identification

Illinois Revised Statute 43 134a. 6-20 

  • Transferring, altering, or defacing an identification card. Using the identification card of another. Carrying or using a false or forged identification card. Obtaining an identification card by means of false identification. Violation of 134a Purchasing, accepting delivery or having possession of alcoholic liquor in violation of Section 134(a). 

Consumption of Alcohol Under 21 Years Old 

  • Consumption of alcohol by a person under 21 years of age of alcoholic liquor in violation of Section 134a. 

Home Rule Unit

Illinois Revised Statute 43 133(a) 

  • No home rule unit may amend or alter or in any way change the legal age at which persons may purchase, consume or possess alcoholic liquors as provided in the Act.

Effects of alcohol on health:

Alcohol is a depressant which, used in any dose, reduces coordination and alertness, making activities such as driving, dangerous. Large doses of alcohol can cause unconsciousness, hypothermia, respiratory arrest, and death. Physical complications of chronic alcohol use include liver damage, hepatitis, altered brain cell functioning, gastritis, heart disease, circulatory problems, peptic ulcers, some forms of cancer, premature aging, impotence, infertility, reproductive disorders, neurological disorders, and high blood pressure. The consumption of alcohol by pregnant women may cause abnormalities, such as fetal alcohol syndrome, in their babies.

Alcohol counseling services:

Full and part-time students may use the services of the Wellness Programs Office and the Counseling Center. Individual counseling, assessment, and referral are available on a strictly confidential basis.