Limestone University is a dry campus. Therefore, no alcoholic beverages are permitted in any University properties owned or leased, including buildings, facilities, and student housing. Any empty bottles found on University property will be confiscated. Alcohol containers that are in plain view, including empty alcohol containers, give the Residence Life Staff members probable cause to search student areas, including fridge(s), cabinet(s), drawer(s), closet(s), or any other location that may reasonably hold suspected illegal materials. Any unconsumed alcohol found in University housing will be confiscated, and the responsible person(s) will be asked to pour out the alcohol. If the alcohol is found when the occupant(s) of the unit is not present, such as during break or room inspections, the alcohol may be disposed of by the University staff without the responsible person(s) present.
STATE AND FEDERAL LAWS CONCERNING ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE:
SOUTH CAROLINA LAW PROHIBITS THE FOLLOWING:
- Purchasing or possessing beer, wine, or liquor by persons under 21 years of age which may result in a fine of up to $200 and up to 30 days in jail.
- Giving false information about your age in order to purchase alcoholic beverages punishable by 30 days in jail and up to $200 fine.
- Giving or purchasing alcoholic beverages to someone under 21 years of age, punishable by 30 days in jail.
- Having beer or wine in an open container in a moving vehicle; punishable by a fine of $100 and/or 30 days in jail.
- Public intoxication is punishable by $100 fine or 30 days in jail.
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs can result in a 2 to 30 day jail term and a $200 fine for the first offense and up to one to five years in prison for the fourth offense. In addition, driving under the influence may result in the temporary or permanent suspension of your driver’s license.
- Causing injury or death to another while driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs carries a penalty of up to 25 years in prison and a fine of up to $25,000.
- Obtaining drugs through fraud or misrepresentation is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000 and five years in prison.
- Distributing or possessing certain controlled substances including marijuana, cocaine, crack, or heroin, can be punishable by 15-40 years in prison and/or a $200,000 fine.
- Distributing illicit drugs or controlled substances to minors is a separate crime punishable by a fine of $30,000 and/or a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
- Distributing illicit drugs or controlled substances within one-half mile of a school is a separate crime punishable by a jail term of up to 15 years and a fine of not less than $10,000.
- A person distributing or transporting illicit drugs or controlled substances is subject to forfeit all his/her money, equipment or other personal property used in distributing the controlled substance.
- Possessing drug paraphernalia carries a fine of up to $500.
Federal Law Prohibits The Following:
- Distributing or possessing substances such as cocaine, heroin, and LSD is punishable by a sentence of up to life in prison and eight million dollar fine depending on the quantity and type of drug involved.
- Possessing an illicit drug or controlled substance without medical prescription is subject to a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
- Distributing illicit drugs or controlled substances to people under age 21 doubles the severity of the punishment described in item one above.
- Distributing illicit drugs or controlled substances within 1000 feet of any school or University or within 100 feet of any playground, video arcade or swimming pool is a separate offense punishable by a prison term of one to three years for the first offense and up to life in prison for the second offense.