Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey

Student Alcohol & Drug Use Policy


The Middlebury Institute of International Studies (MIIS) is committed to promoting individual and community health, safety, and responsibility. We expect all students to observe local, state, and federal laws governing the possession, use, and furnishing of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances, also referred to as illegal drugs. We have also committed to ensuring that, in accordance with the Drug Free Schools and Community Act of 1989, our policies concerning alcohol and drugs are clear, readily understood, and applied consistently and equally to all students. When alcohol violations occur, students may face disciplinary action. Serious incidents that put the student or others at risk of harm, as well as repeated offenses, require a more vigorous response, including referral to counseling or a treatment facility, a leave of absence, and/or disciplinary outcomes as appropriate.

Therefore, the Middlebury Institute will:

a. Inform students of federal, California, and local laws, and the policies of MIIS, to which they are accountable.

b. Provide members of the community with the necessary resources and policy information regarding the role of alcohol and drugs in our society, safe and responsible decisions around alcohol consumption, and the negative individual and community consequences of alcohol and drug abuse.

c. Provide information on health services to students who choose to use alcohol or drugs, who experience negative consequences, or who violate the commitment to individual and community safety.


All students, faculty, staff, and visitors are subject to local, state and federal laws, as well as Middlebury Institute drug and alcohol policy rules and regulations, while on Middlebury Institute-owned or leased properties or involved with off-campus activities sponsored by the Middlebury Institute or a registered Middlebury Institute organization. Students are also expected to observe the laws of the local jurisdiction when participating in off-campus activities sponsored by the Middlebury Institute. The Middlebury Institute does not protect students from prosecution for drug or alcohol offenses under local, state, or federal laws, and does not interfere with legitimate law enforcement activities. Law enforcement officers, when in possession of the proper documents, have a legal right to search individuals and property without prior notice. The Middlebury Institute also reserves the right to furnish the police with information regarding alleged illegal activities.

The following actions are prohibited:

1. Alcohol

a. Underage drinking. Only persons of legal age (21 or older in the United States, and as defined by the laws of a foreign host country) may possess or consume alcoholic beverages. Proof of age, such as a valid driver's license, state issued liquor identification card, or a passport along with a MIIS-issued student ID with date of birth, may be required.

b. Purchasing, serving, or furnishing alcohol for or to a minor.

c. Selling, manufacturing, or distributing alcohol illegally.

d. Possession, production, or provision of false identification.

e. Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs. Driving on or off campus under the influence of drugs or alcohol is prohibited: fines are assessed, and driving privileges on campus will be suspended. In those incidents where the DUI involves an accident with injuries to others, or other exceptional factors, immediate Middlebury Institute disciplinary action may take place.

f. Bringing alcohol to Middlebury Institute events without prior approval. Individuals are also prohibited from leaving a Middlebury Institute event with alcoholic beverages provided at the event without approval.

g. Possessing alcoholic beverages in unauthorized spaces. Open containers of alcohol are prohibited in public spaces, or outside on the campus grounds, unless the area has been designated for a registered or catered event.

h. Engaging in drinking games and other behaviors designed for the purpose of becoming intoxicated through the abusive use of alcohol (e.g., funnels, keg stands, around-the-world parties, and other alcohol consumption based on speed and/or volume, etc.) at any MIIS-sanctioned event.

2. Drugs

a. Using, or possessing illegal drugs.

b. Using, possessing, selling, distributing or manufacturing prescription medication without a properly issued prescription.

c. Distributing, selling, or possessing with the intent to distribute illegal or controlled substances.

d. Growing and/or manufacturing any illegal substance.

e. Possession of drug paraphernalia that has been used.

Health and Community Responsibility

The Middlebury Institute believes that alcohol and other drug-related problems affect our entire community and that each of us has a responsibility to help safeguard the community health by respecting Middlebury Institute policy and intervening in situations of abuse. Any member of the Middlebury Institute community having knowledge of an individual on campus who is abusing alcohol or in possession of or using illegal drugs is urged to encourage the individual to seek counseling and/or medical assistance. All members of the community are also expected to help protect the community health by informing appropriate Middlebury Institute staff members of instances of drug distribution and/or sales.

Involvement with or dependency upon drugs or excessive or illegal use of alcohol will be viewed by the Middlebury Institute as a health concern, as well as a disciplinary matter.

Federal and State Laws

For information specific to state and federal laws governing the use, possession, and distribution of drugs and alcohol, please refer to the following PDF iconDrugs and Alcohol: Policies, Laws and Resources document.