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This is pretty much false. Police only get involved if campus security has to call for a hospital transport on a weekend night. You can drink openly on Carleton campus, so long as you respect the loosely put in place rules, such as respect the RAs at quiet time, and don't be a complete idiot with your drinking, destroy property, pass-out, etc. You're treated as an adult so long as you prove you're not an idiot about it.
I second that this is pretty much completely untrue. The campus police rarely get involved with campus security. Unless you need to be escorted to the hospital (ie unless you are insanely irresponsible) security will make sure you are safe and responsible and leave you alone. RAs acknowledge that there is drinking, and consequently focus entirely on safety rather than punishment. You can openly drink at Carleton as long as you are responsible.
This is one of the falser things I've head. If RAs call security for help, it's because students are being disrespectful or belligerent, or because they're really unwell and need help. The policy is very lax--basically, don't make a ruckus, don't drink in public (although you probably won't get caught, and if you do, they usually just make you pour it out), don't be a jerk, and be safe. carl 2014 is right in saying that safety is the first concern. If you drink so much that you have to go to the hospital, yes, you're probably going to get a citation. But many schools, if they catch students drinking underage, will give them a citation automatically (as opposed to just when the city has to get involved) or will give them warnings, take away privileges. Carleton's not like that at ALL.
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Written by Lingerr Senghor
Carleton has several policies regarding drugs and alcohol that can be summed in up in just a few words: behave responsibly, don't send yourself to the hospital, and don't set anything on fire. If you follow those rules, you'll never encounter problems. The school sees RAs as crowd control more than anything else. If you're drinking in the hallway, an RA will tell you to take it in your room. They'll never force you to pour it out, even if you're underage-unless you throw up on their door or set up a distillery in the bathroom. The same goes for pot. RAs ignore the smell unless it becomes a problem for the entire floor. The school expects students to police themselves and believe that this trust will breed responsible, adult-like behavior. For the most part, this theory succeeds.
Carleton is a private college, so that means they can bar Northfield police from campus. This means students don't have to worry about police banging on your door if you're underage. Northfield police must get the college's consent to enter residences. Northfield police usually break up off campus parties at 1 a.m., but very rarely do they ticket underage drinkers if they leave the party without causing a ruckus. Campus parties are also broken up at 1 a.m., and campus security will never give you a ticket unless you moon them or set something on fire-and even then, you'll probably get away with just a warning.
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