How to Have a Safe and Fun Party

1. Know the law:

  • Alcohol: If you're under 21, you can be arrested for possessing, consuming or transporting alcohol. It's a Class C misdemeanor. If you're intoxicated in a public place AND (1) breaching the peace, (2) harassing, annoying or alarming another person OR (3) endangering your life or the life of another person, you can be arrested for Public Intoxication, a Class B misdemeanor.
  • Drugs: If illegal drugs are used at your party (even though you're not using them), you can still be charged with Maintaining a Common Nuisance. If you attend a party where drugs are being used, you can be charged with Visiting a Common Nuisance.

2. Noise ordinance violations at loud parties are often reported to police. There may be city fines involved. Don't give the police a reason to show up at your door. Keep noise at a minimum.

3. If you're hosting a party, monitor how much people are drinking. And never furnish alcohol to minors — it's a crime. Never leave a party alone. Walk with a friend or get a sober driver to take you home.

Contact Information

Leslie Charters
Director of Purdue Student Legal Services

Purdue University, Office of the Dean of Students, Helen B. Schleman Hall (formerly the Recitation Building), 2nd Floor, 656 Oval Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2086, Phone (765) 494-1747, Fax (765) 496-1550

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