Amherst College, to the relief of those students who, on occasion, might find themselves disregarding the Massachusetts minimum drinking age, employs a small but adequate police force. The campus police officers are far more lenient than Massachusetts state police officers, and usually the worst case scenario is that a college police officer reports you to the Dean of Students Office. This is not to say that you can’t get in trouble. Massachusetts has quite a few idiosyncratic bylaws concerning drinking, the most notorious being the one that forbids anyone from holding an open container of alcohol while outdoors. More than a few students have been taken into custody because they walked out of a party with a bottle still in their hand.
The College itself seems to be hospitable to the concept of a second chance. No one has been known to be permanently expelled from Amherst for any reason other than blatant academic dishonesty, and if someone has, they must have done something so atrocious as to warrant jail time. If the college administration recognizes a disciplinary problem, usually that student will be suspended for a year, and in cases of substance abuse, may be asked to take part in a rehabilitation program.