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A Message from the Dean of Students: Social Host Law

Dear Students,

In an effort to continue promoting a safer community both on and off campus, Stony Brook University has taken steps including creating the Red Watch Band, a movement designed to end alcohol overdose deaths by teaching students how to handle alcohol emergencies and summon professional help.

In a similar vein, the university encourages students to be aware of Suffolk County’s Social Host Law. This law makes liable any adult who is over the age of 18 and allows the consumption of alcohol by any person under the age of 21 at a place under their control.

We know that illegal access to alcohol and underage drinking are associated with serious and in some cases -- although much too often -- fatal consequences. Just as being able to recognize an alcohol-related emergency or summon life-saving help, the Social Host Law also empowers us as a community to prevent these consequences.  

Being a Seawolf means watching out for one another, both on and off campus.

For more information on Suffolk County’s Social Host Law, please review the information detailed in the image below.


Dean Stein


Social Host Law

See for more information and/or to report an incident.


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