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  • Cassy Bailey, Dean of Students
  • 785.594.8431
  • fax: 785.594.4568
  • cassy.bailey@bakerU.edu
  • P.O. Box 65
  • Baldwin City, KS 66006-0065
  • Hours
  • Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • Second Floor - Harter Union


Alcohol Policy

Baker University does not encourage the use of alcoholic beverages. Baker University’s expectations, policies and practices have been established to provide an atmosphere conducive to personal growth and accountability and to reflect the values to which Baker subscribes.

The use of alcohol on the Baker University campus is prohibited except in the student apartments as indicated below and then only within the laws of the State of Kansas. All other campus facilities including residence halls will remain substance-free facilities. Inherent in the guidelines below is the expectation that members of the University community who choose to use alcohol do so legally and responsibly.

University funds (including student activity fees) may not be used, directly or indirectly, to purchase alcoholic beverages. No reference to alcohol may appear or be used in notices or postings that promote or advertise an event. Due to the threat of injury as well as general maintenance, glass-bottled beer is not permitted. Consistent disregard for University alcohol policies may result in disciplinary action, including loss of residential privileges, suspension, and expulsion.

For students of legal age, consumption of alcoholic beverages is limited to inside the Horn and Markham apartment units. The possession and/or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on the balconies, stairways, and other outside apartment areas.

Minor Violations (Level 1 & Level 2)

  • Public consumption. Public areas are defined as those areas of the campus that are readily accessible to students, faculty, staff and guests. Such areas include all outside areas, athletic fields, lobbies, classrooms, lounges, building corridors, and offices.
  • Public intoxication
  • Possession by a minor

Major Violations (Level 2 & Level 3)

  • Serving to minors
  • Possession of kegs (whether full or empty), beer balls, other common serving containers, or other large quantities of alcohol, for individual or group consumption, on campus grounds or with a campus event
  • Driving under the influence and driving while intoxicated either on or off campus
  • Intoxication leading to harm to self or others
  • Intoxication leading to property damage, disruption to the community, or other violations of Baker University Policy

In the absence of clear mitigating circumstances (resident away for the evening, etc.), all residents of the room or apartment in which an Alcohol Policy violation occurs will be charged with the violation.

Sanctions for Alcohol Policy Violations

Students in violation of the Baker University Alcohol Policy will be subject to a number of possible conduct sanctions listed below. Additional conduct measures not appearing in the listings below may be imposed as warranted at the discretion of the conduct hearing body through which the violation is processed. Details of the conduct disposition of complaints are found in the conduct process section of the student handbook.

Note that the offense count (first offense, minor violation; second offense, minor violation) applies to the student’s entire Baker career – the count does not begin anew each fall semester. In all cases involving fines, the entry will read as an “Alcohol Policy Violation” on the individual’s bill from the University. In all cases involving parent/guardian notification, the University will follow the same privacy policy used for releasing grades and other academic information. In all complaints involving suspension, readmission will be contingent upon successful completion of treatment.

First Offense, Minor Violation (Level 1)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the 3rd Millenniumclass, an online educational site (student is responsible for any associated costs)
  • 3-5 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $50
  • Parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Conduct warning

Second Offense, Minor Violation (Level 1 or Level 2)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the substance abuse subtle screening inventory through the Baker University Counseling Center (two counseling center visits minimum)
  • 7-10 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $150
  • Required parent/guardian notification upon the completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Conduct warning

Note: The next Alcohol Policy violation of any kind will be classified as the First Offense, Major Violation, and so will be referred automatically to the University Conduct Board.

First Offense, Major Violation (Level 2 or Level 3)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the 3rd Millenniumclass, an online educational site (student is responsible for any associated costs)
  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 12-16 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $200
  • Required parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Repayment of any costs to repair/replace property
  • Conduct warning
  • Conduct probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

Second Offense, Major Violation

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Participation in the Substance Abuse Subtle Screening Inventory through the  Baker University Counseling Center (two counseling center visits minimum)
  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 18-25 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $400
  • Required parent/guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Repayment of any costs to repair/replace property
  • Conduct warning
  • Conduct probation
  • Suspension
  • Expulsion

Third Offense, Major Violation (Level 3)

Possible sanctions include the following:

  • Personal counseling (off-campus referrals to be undertaken at the student’s expense)
  • 26-35 hours of work for the University
  • Fine of up to $600
  • Required parent /guardian notification upon completion of the conduct process
  • Removal from Baker-owned housing or change in housing assignment
  • Repayment of any costs to repair/replace property
  • Conduct probation

Health Risks Related to Alcohol

Short-term effects of alcohol use include distorted vision, hearing, and coordination; altered perceptions and emotions; impaired judgment; bad breath; hangovers. Long-term effects of alcohol use include loss of appetite; skin problems; sexual impotence; malnutrition; delirium tremors: disorientation, hallucinations; memory loss; brain damage; cancer of the mouth, esophagus or stomach; heart disease, enlarged heart, or congestive heart failure; liver damage; birth defects; increased aggressiveness; respiratory depression.