Coates Library, Suite 213
One Trinity Place, #40
San Antonio, TX 78212-7200
Trinity University and Alcohol
The Trinity Alcohol Coalition of students, staff, and faculty has developed the following three tenets related to alcohol: Trinity University cares deeply about the health and safety of students; acknowledges that students will drink, but discourages irresponsible drinking; and enforces policies related to alcohol possession, and consumption. These policies were formed in accordance with state law and for the protection of the health and safety of students.
Trinity University values the freedom of those who live and work here to make their own choices, and it values the education that equips them to exercise that freedom responsibly. Choices regarding alcohol, in particular, are a matter of individual and community interest because poor decisions can negatively impact personal health and the public environment. Trinity respects the choices of those who consume alcohol within reasonable and legal bounds and those who avoid it altogether. However, because the consumption of alcohol can impair an individual’s judgment and lead to devastating damage and loss, this policy aims to limit those negative consequences in order to sustain a positive, livable, learning environment on campus. In order to sustain a positive, livable, learning environment on campus, students remain accountable to all University policies even when drinking; intoxication does not serve as an excuse for violating any policies. Finally, this policy intentionally promotes awareness of the physical, emotional, mental, and legal ramifications of irresponsible alcohol use because freedom relies not only on rules but, most importantly, on informed thinking. - excerpt from Trinity University alcohol policy
The Trinity University Approach
Trinity University and other colleges and universities regularly grapple with difficult student alcohol-related issues. These problems are not unique to campuses, but reflect larger societal attitudes and behaviors. Entertainment, the news media, family members, and others often reinforce the perception that alcohol and the collegiate experience are intimately linked. It is not surprising that many students choose to drink alcohol, even if they are underage.
Since education is the fundamental mission of the University, alcohol education is our preferred method by which to address student alcohol-related issues.
Thus, our goals are to:
- inform students about alcohol-related policies and laws;
- coach drinkers to follow safer-drinking practices;
- help students facing issues with alcohol dependence;
- and teach responsibility, accountability, and respect for others.
Building a Campus Culture that is Not Alcohol-Centered
Trinity is first and foremost an academic institution. The success of students in this academically challenging environment depends, in part, on students not perpetuating the "work hard/play hard" myth, where playing hard means drinking to the point of intoxication.
There are a number of alcohol-free programs and activities offered on campus throughout the semester. Athletic events, drama and music productions, lectures, cultural festivals, and residence hall programs are all substance-free. Abundant indoor and outdoor recreational facilities are available to students and San Antonio offers numerous social and cultural opportunities. All first-year students are required to complete an online alcohol education course prior to registration.
The full alcohol policy is available online. Under this policy, students who are 21 or older may possess and consume alcohol (beer and wine only) in a residence hall room where at least one resident of the room is of legal drinking age. Only those students who are of age may possess and consume alcohol in the residence halls. The policy prohibits providing alcohol to minors, possession of alcohol containers, public intoxication, and consumption in public areas. The only other location on campus where alcohol is permitted (beer and wine only) is the Tigers' Den in the Coates University Center. Further risk management guidelines are available for organizations.
Reflections from the Dean
Please click here to see this video to parents which encourages them to watch a version of Haze.