Lafayette strives to plan a variety of activities on campus for students, alumni, and their families for Homecoming weekend.

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College Policy Regarding Open Containers

On Homecoming Day, the College has provided for a one-day exemption to the ordinary prohibition of possession of open containers only for the Markle Parking decks for those of legal drinking age (21 years of age or older).  This exemption applies between the hours of 12pm and 3:30pm on Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Tailgating activities will be suspended at game time (3:30 pm).  Students are encouraged to get tickets for the game well in advance so they may enter Fisher Stadium at this time. Police, Public Safety officials and security guards will assist in clearing tailgates for the start of the game.

Individual students of legal drinking age in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania may carry alcohol onto the Markle Parking deck up to an amount equal to the College’s personal carry limit.

Lafayette College Alcohol Policy prohibits kegs, party balls, and items or games promoting the rapid consumption of alcohol. All alcoholic beverages consumed during the tailgate event must be consumed from plastic cups.  No glass containers, handles, cans, funnels, flasks, or similar containers are permitted.

The College’s personal carry limit is defined as one (1), six-packs of 12 oz. canned beer, or the equivalent in malt beverages or wine (No glass containers will be permitted).  One alcoholic drink is 12 oz. of beer or 5 oz. of wine.  Once again, students are reminded to drink responsibly. If one chooses to drink alcohol while tailgating, the College recommends that students limit their consumption to one drink per hour and to hydrate throughout the event.

Students must be 21 years of age or older to drink alcohol under Pennsylvania law.  Students who choose to drink alcohol at the tailgate must have proper identification. Police, security, Public Safety officials, and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement Agency will be in attendance. Acceptable forms of identification include a valid passport or state-issued ID accompanied by a Lafayette College Student ID card.

For those serving alcohol to others, they are responsible for complying with the legal drinking age and are reminded of the social host liability law in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania State Law (Act 31) prohibits the consumption or furnishing of alcoholic beverages to those under the legal drinking age of 21.

As a reminder, public drunkenness is illegal. Behaviors that are disruptive or that violate College policy will also be addressed.  Students may be cited and removed from the Pre-Game activities. Visibly intoxicated students, in addition to being cited, will be denied admission to the Pre-Game activities as well as the football game.

March Field & Anderson Courtyard

No tailgating or open containers are permitted on March Field or Anderson Courtyard for Homecoming 2016. Markle Parking deck is the official site of Pre-Game activities.

Markle Parking Deck

Parking instructions have been distributed under separate cover to those who possess a valid Markle parking deck pass by the Department of Athletics and Alumni Relations.  Please refer to these instructions for specifics.

Markle Parking deck will be open at 10am for parking purposes.  Tailgating activities may not begin any earlier than 12:00pm and will end at game kickoff (3:30pm.)  Markle deck tailgating activities will be open again at the conclusion of the game for one hour.  Fans are encouraged to enter Fisher Stadium early to avoid lines.

Pennsylvania State Law (Act 31) prohibits the furnishing of alcoholic beverages to those under the legal drinking age of 21.

Fisher Stadium & Fan Conduct

The following items are prohibited inside Fisher Stadium: cans and glass bottles, alcohol, hard-sided coolers, balloons, beach balls, laser pointers, weapons, brooms and poles, and pets.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere within the Fisher Stadium area.

A designated student section of Fisher Stadium, the Leopards’ Lair, is section 7. Students are encouraged to congregate in this area to cheer on the Lafayette football team, along with the pep band and cheerleaders who will be in this section.

Lafayette College reserves the right to prohibit or require the cessation of any display of a banner or sign that does not conform to the Lafayette College code of conduct.

Lafayette College encourages and promotes good sportsmanship by student-athletes, coaches, and spectators.  Guests must refrain from conduct that is inconsistent with the fun, family atmosphere that should always prevail at Fisher Stadium.

We request your cooperation by supporting the participants, coaches, officials, and fellow spectators in a positive, respectful manner.  Fans engaging in inappropriate behavior, including the use of foul language or gestures; appearing intoxicated or behaving in a diminished capacity; interfering with the actions of student-athletes, officials, and/or game administrators; or, throwing objects onto and/or entering the playing field at any time may result in ejection from the Stadium by security personnel.

These policies are applicable to all students, student groups, alumni, as well as the general public tailgating areas.

Additional Information

All tailgating areas will be patrolled by the Lafayette College Public Safety, Easton Police Department, Bear Security, and College officials to ensure that fans are tailgating legally, responsibly, and with the allotted time periods outlined above.

The College and City officials reserve the right to remove any unruly or visibly intoxicated patrons from the tailgating areas. The College will hold Lafayette College students accountable for violations of College Policy.

For more information, you may visit Gameday Central on the Department of Athletics’ web site at http://www.goleopards.com/.

Frequently Asked Questions

What's new for this year’s Homecoming?

Lafayette College is sponsoring several events for Homecoming 2016, on College Hill and downtown at the Williams Arts Campus.  Students are encouraged to participate in these activities as well as the tailgates on Markle Parking Decks.  Without exception, existing College policies are in place on Homecoming, while the continued enforcement of Pennsylvania State law will be visible. The College will employ the same number of Easton Police and College Public Safety officers this year to ensure that all those who participate in the day’s activities can do so safely and in compliance with College policy and Commonwealth Law.

When and where can we pick up student tickets?

Lafayette students receive complimentary admission to all home football games with the presentation of a valid Lafayette College ID, with the exception of the Lafayette vs. Lehigh football game and all Patriot League Championship events.  Students just need to show their Lafayette College ID at the entrance to the Stadium to receive their free ticket to the game.

 

Who can drink alcohol during Homecoming?

Under Pennsylvania Law, students must be 21 years of age or older to drink alcohol.  Students who choose to drink alcohol at any tailgates should be ready and willing to produce identification to Police, Public Safety, security personnel, or College officials when asked.

What safety precautions is the College utilizing to keep students and alumni safe at Homecoming?

In addition to issuing these expectations and enforcing College policy and PA law, the College will open Baily Health Center between 11am and 3pm on Homecoming.  The College previously distributed safety information within the Student Handbook and via the College web sites.  Please keep in mind that, in accordance with the Good Samaritan Policy, students will not be disciplined for seeking help for themselves or other students who are intoxicated.

To whom is Leopards' Lane pre-Game open?

Leopards’ Lane is open to Lafayette students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and their guests.

Is your enforcement of the legal drinking age of 21 driving students to drink in their rooms or “underground,” where it more dangerous?

The College must comply with the laws of the Commonwealth of PA and therefore cannot condone underage consumption of alcohol.  Enforcement of the law does not drive drinking underground; the choice to drink is always up to an individual.  The College has followed guidelines issued by the National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in education, outreach, education and social programming, including the following:

  • Providing alcohol education
  • Limiting alcohol availability and enforcing underage-drinking laws
  • Providing alcohol-free campus activities
  • Notifying parents of alcohol-related infractions
  • Forming campus-community partnerships
  • Publicizing and enforcing underage drinking and zero-tolerance laws for drivers under age 21
  • Establishing partnerships between the college and the local residential and business communities to reduce access to alcohol and to address violations
  • Working to build a comprehensive program of evidence-based strategies can help address high risk, harmful student drinking.