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Elon University is committed to the intellectual and personal development of students. Substance misuse inhibits students' development and is negatively correlated with academic success and personal safety. The vitality of the academic community relies on each member taking personal responsibility for his or her actions regarding alcohol use and safeguarding the well-being of others.

  • The University welcomes and supports the decision of students not to drink.
  • Elon emphasizes education about risks, choices and personal responsibility regarding the use of alcohol. Students are expected to make conscious choices that do not diminish the academic or social success, or personal safety, of themselves or others.
  • The University observes laws regarding alcohol use, particularly those that address underage drinking, and holds students accountable for their choices.
  • tudents whose drinking creates a risk of danger to the health and safety of themselves or others are subject to suspension and/or loss of other University privileges.

Campus rules regarding alcohol use can be found in the Alcoholic Beverages section of the Elon Student Handbook.

The University's Position Statement on Alcohol serves as a guide for programs and policies regarding alcohol. One set of programs are those that educate students about specific behaviors that promote their academic success and personal development, and safeguard the well-being of the community. Practicing the following behaviors will reduce students' risks (academic, social, physical, legal, personal):

Reduce your risk by...

• Choosing not to drink alcohol.
• Drinking alcohol only when you are of legal age.
• Deciding before you go out whether you will drink and, if you decide to drink, choosing not to exceed the amount of alcohol that is low-risk for you.
• Always knowing what you are drinking.
• Eating a full meal before drinking, not just salty food such as pretzels or chips.
• Never drinking shots to get a head start before attending an event.
• Having a plan of how you will get home safely.

(Elon University Position Statement on Alcohol, 2006)


Request a substance education program for your class, organization or residence hall

SPARKS Peer Educators present information and help facilitate discussions and critical thinking about substance use. Please give at least two weeks notice and click here to fill out a program request.