Relevant Policies and Laws

The University Of Massachusetts Amherst Code Of Student Conduct and Residential Life policies apply to incidents that occur on campus and off campus.

Massachusetts State Laws

  • Minor in Possession of Alcohol Under 21: You could be arrested, jailed, fined and CSC.
  • Underage Driver Transporting Alcohol: Under 21 & driving a vehicle carrying alcohol means you could lose your license, fined and CSC.
  • Failure to Disperse: If police order you to leave, do it immediately or you could be arrested.
  • Providing to Minors: Selling or providing alcohol to someone under 21 can result in criminal charges.
  • OUI: If arrested for operating under the influence, your license will be suspended. A conviction means losing your license, paying big fines, higher insurance rates and CSC.
  • Public Urination: Urinate in public, and you can be charged with indecent exposure.

Amherst By-Laws

  • Noise: Excessive noise that disturbs others is illegal and can result in a $300. fine. This includes loud music and yelling.
  • Open Containers: Open containers of alcohol on public property are against the law.
  • Kegs: It’s illegal to have a keg without a permit. Get these through your local police department.
  • Nuisance House: Throwing a rowdy off campus party can cost you your housing, fines and CSC.


Student Legal Services
Campus Center 922

University Health Services
150 Infirmary Way

Off Campus Student Center
Student Union 314

Dean of Students
Whitmore 277

University of MassachusettsPolice Department
In case of Emergency: Dial 911
Non-Emergency: 413-545-2121

The Center for Women and Community
(formerly Everywoman's Center)
180 Infirmary WayNew Africa House
Main number: 413-545-0883
24-Hour Rape Crisis Hotline:413-545-0800
TTY: 413-577-0940