With the new year, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) has revamped their Student Handbook which contains updated polices and university rules.
Included in the updated policies and rules are specifications to the drinking games policy and the open container policy. These changes are being enforced by university staff who have all been trained on the protocol for the updates.
The Student Handbook now states that any sort of drinking games, such as Flip Cup, Beer Pong, etc., are not allowed to be played on the university policy. These drinking games not only encourage the consumption of alcohol, but also are completely prohibited from campus.
Last year, drinking games were not allowed on campus either; however, this policy is being further strengthened by specifying that no matter what is in the cup, whether an alcoholic beverage or water, drinking games are not allowed in any way, shape, or form.
The Student Handbook has also updated the policy for open containers on campus.
Previously, the policy for open containers were mainly restricted to alcoholic beverage containers like beer cans, wine bottles, or cups containing alcoholic beverages.
The updated policy now sees open containers as any beverage without a factory seal like opened bottles or even tumblers and open hydration bottles such as Nalgenes or Camelbaks.
With the new policy, anyone with probable cause, such as slurred speech, red, glassy eyes, or impaired movement, may be asked to empty their container by a university official.
“Our Residence Life staff, specifically, our Resident Assistants, have been trained on these new policies to follow a specific protocol on how to deal with them,” said Office of Residence Life Assistant Director, Matt Petersons. “Our main priority is the safety of the students on this campus and to uphold our values as a university.”