The generally laid-back attitude on campus is one of Haverford's strongest suits and is demonstrative of the trusting relationship we enjoy with our administration (most of the time). Haverford's security staff is very lenient. They will only break up a party if there is violence or a neighborhood complaint, and they warn students if the police are coming so that they can disperse before police arrive. This is the product of a wonderful tacit agreement with the Lower Merion and Haverford Township police departments. Security does not concern itself in the slightest with underage drinking. The school has an Alcohol Policy (which is debated and approved by the student body every year) clarifying that Pennsylvania law disallows anyone under the age of 21 from consuming alcohol, but nobody is ever cited for drinking while on campus. This common sense policy keeps alcohol consumption on campus, where security knows what's going on and can intervene if there is a problem. Whenever there is an incident of binge drinking or alcohol poisoning (relatively rare occurrences), the students involved face no penalties for reporting the incident to security and getting the necessary help.
Every once in a while, a party gets out of hand and a neighbor complains. Sometimes the police show up. When this happens, the deans send the student body a reminder about how the College's lassiez faire alcohol policy is a privilege. Usually, after that, things quiet down. The general rules here are self-control and self-respect, which have the end-goal of a safe and wise community.