Colby seems to be getting stricter about drinking and partying. The administrative philosophy on partying is pretty much that students are going to drink and party, so they should make sure no one ends up in the hospital or jail. However, to avoid getting in trouble with the local police, hefty open container fines have added to the strictness of campus security. So, don’t walk around the halls with an open can of beer—you’re basically asking for trouble.
Every dorm has a Community Advisor (CA) whose primary role is to build community within each dorm. They also conduct safety rounds on the weekends to ensure no one has passed out in the bathrooms, and CAs can issue citations and call security if parties get too loud or raucous. Most people know at least one security guard fairly well, which is a good way to avoid getting a citation. Also, security only gets involved in dorm parties if the music is too loud or people are wandering the halls with beers in hand. However, most students learn how to stay out of trouble. It's pretty easy to not get in trouble here, and students with good judgment will be fine. Most agree that Colby students are pretty lucky.