To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, Colby College has instituted the following policies. Guests are responsible for reading all relevant policies and adhering to them during their stay on campus.


Alcohol and Drugs

  • Colby College dining must provide all liquor served and consumed on the Colby campus.
  • Guests may not bring their own alcohol into a function or public space.
  • Guests may not remove or transport liquor from any space.
  • The legal drinking age in Maine is 21 years of age. Per the Colby College responsible beverage policy, all guests will be requested to provide proof of age. The Maine state liquor commission requires proof of age upon request by our staff. Proof of age requires a picture ID that is valid and meets the requirements of the Maine State Liquor Authority.
  • Under no circumstances may adults provide alcohol for underage patrons.
  • We will not serve anyone who is intoxicated or serve anyone to that point.
  • No guest may purchase any alcohol for anyone who has been determined to be without proper identification, intoxicated, or at risk in any way. The decision of our staff and management pertaining to the above will be final.
  • We do not allow shots of any type at any event.
  • We will limit the number of multiple liquor drinks served per guests.
  • With the exception of dinner wine (by the bottle), no more than one drink shall be in front of a guest at any time.
  • Violation of any of the above policies may result in the discontinuation of alcohol service to any individual, group, or the entire event.
  • Our staff is professionally trained and certified in all situations of alcohol service. Please allow them to provide safe and prudent beverage services to you and your guests.
  • The possession, use, manufacture, cultivation, sale, or distribution of controlled substances, including, but not limited to, marijuana, synthetic cannabis (e.g. Spice, K2, etc.), narcotics, GHB, LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, drug paraphernalia, or prescription drugs such as anabolic steroids, Rohypnol, amphetamines, “study drugs,” or psychostimulants (such as, but not limited to, Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, Modafinil, Nootropil), tranquilizers for which a student does not have a legitimate prescription is strictly prohibited by both College policy and state and federal law.


Colby College has established a tobacco-free policy that includes the entire campus. Smoking is NOT permitted on campus.

For the purposes of this policy, tobacco use will be defined as the possession of any lighted tobacco products or the use of any type of smokeless tobacco, including electronic cigarettes and chewing tobacco. The use of any such products will not be permitted on any College-owned property, including, but not limited to buildings, grounds, parking areas, walkways, recreational and sporting facilities, and College-owned or leased vehicles.

This policy applies to faculty, staff, students, clients, contractors, vendors, and visitors and will be in effect during and after normal campus hours as well as during all College sponsored events.


All weapons are prohibited from campus. For purposes of this policy, the term weapon shall include any object that can reasonably be considered as a weapon or a facsimile of a weapon. Many objects are designed as and are commonly understood to be weapons. Examples include firearms and ammunition; spring or CO2-powered projectile guns; starter pistols; martial arts weapons; knives; swords; metal knuckles; bludgeons or clubs or various types; slingshots; archery equipment; tear gas; and grenades or other explosive/incendiary devices. Any state-issued permit to carry a concealed deadly weapon is not valid on the Colby campus.


As required by our contracts, all groups that plan summer programs on campus are required to provide a Certificate of Insurance to the Special Programs office 30 days prior to the start of the program. Colby College should be listed as an additional insured on a primary and non-contributory basis and the certificate holder and groups must provide a minimum of $1 million in liability coverage. Any groups that will host children on campus must include child abuse and sexual molestation protection.

More information about these and other Colby policies can be found here: