Cornish Commons Summer Alcohol and drug Policy

Cornish Commons is part of Cornish College of the Arts and like all higher education institutions, we have an alcohol & drug policy for campus and on-campus housing that is not the same as if you rent an apartment in an off-campus setting. By residing in Cornish Commons for the summer, you agree to, are responsible for knowing, and will abide by the alcohol & drug policy as outlined below.


A. Alcohol

a.       Prohibited Areas: The possession and consumption of alcohol in common areas of the building is strictly prohibited. This includes all areas on the first, second and twentieth floors. It also includes the elevator lobbies, lounges, and hallways on floors 4-19. Finally, any area in Cornish Commons not specifically outlined as Permissible Areas is considered a prohibited area for the possession and consumption of alcohol, regardless of age.


b.       Permissible Areas: Possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is only allowed in residential rooms. Only individuals aged 21 years or older may consume alcoholic beverages or be present while alcohol is being consumed.


While residential rooms are generally considered a private area, anytime a residential room door is open or an individual is present that is under the age of 21 years, the space becomes a common area where alcohol is prohibited and no longer allowed to be consumed regardless of age.


When alcohol is being brought into the building by a resident that is 21 years of age or older, it must be concealed in a way that other members of the community are unable to see it until it is in their private room.


c.        Loud & Disruptive Behavior: Any behavior that is loud and disruptive to the Cornish Commons community and is related to the consumption of alcohol (regardless of where the alcohol was consumed) is a violation of the alcohol policy. These incidents will be addressed the same as those found or suspected to be in possession of alcohol.


d.       Minor in Possession of Alcohol: A minor in possession of alcohol includes, but is not limited to anyone that is not 21 years of age or older:

• being physically in possession of an alcoholic beverage (including but not limited to beer, wine, or spirits);

• being in possession of alcohol by consumption, even if the alcohol was not consumed in Cornish Commons;

• being in the presence of others that are drinking alcohol, even if those individuals are of age.


e.       Violations of the Cornish Commons Alcohol Policy: Any individual that is alleged to have violated the alcohol policy will immediately be reported to Cornish College of the Arts (CCA) conduct review team. If an individual is found responsible for violating the alcohol policy, the CCA conduct review team will make a determination concerning continued residency.


Any individual found responsible for furnishing alcohol to minors will be removed from Cornish Commons immediately and all information relating to the incident will be forwarded to the Seattle Police Department.


B. Drugs


a.       Regardless of WA state laws and regulations, cannabis and affiliated paraphernalia remains prohibited on campus.


b.       Drugs and affiliated drug paraphernalia are not permitted in Cornish Commons or on Cornish Commons property, regardless of age. Drug paraphernalia is defined by federal law as “any equipment, product or material of any kind which is primarily intended or designed for use in manufacturing, compounding, converting, concealing, producing, processing, preparing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing into the human body a controlled substance.” 


c.       Use, possession, manufacturing, purchasing, selling, distribution, or being knowingly in the presence of drugs or other controlled substances except as expressly permitted by law, or possession of drug paraphernalia by a resident is not permitted by the Student Code of Conduct.


d.       Any individual found responsible for violating the above rules will be removed from Cornish Commons immediately and all information relating to the incident will be forwarded to the Seattle Police Department.