You are expected to follow the law, whether the travel portions of your Immerse program are abroad or based in the United States. In many countries outside of the U.S., it is legal to consume alcohol if you are at least 18 years old. While this may allow you to legally consume alcohol, you should remember that the over-consumption of alcohol can have serious impacts on your awareness, judgment, health and safety. You should not let alcohol ruin what might be one of the best experiences of your college career. Some tips to keep in mind and follow:
As a reminder, you will be held to the Duke Community Standard while on your program. Duke prohibits members of its community, both individuals and groups, from manufacturing, selling, delivering, possessing, using, or being under the influence of a controlled substance without legal authorization. Violations of the Duke Community Standard could result in your removal from your Immerse program and/or Duke.
Students who will be traveling abroad for their Immerse semester should also see the Legal Matters and Consular Services section for more information.
As on campus, being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol is no excuse for violating Duke policies and standards and/or local laws. Program administrators have the right to discipline you for irresponsible or unsafe behavior, whether you are under the influence of drugs and alcohol or not. Such behavior will not be tolerated, and could lead to the notification of your families, your expulsion from your Duke Immerse program and, if warranted, Duke or your home institution. Students are ultimately responsible for their behavior and any misconduct and/or legal implications that stem from their consumption of drugs or alcohol.