Hefty fines for drunk Lancaster University students

Students at Lonsdale College Bar on Friday night
Students at Lonsdale College Bar on Friday night

Drunkenness has been outlawed at a Lancaster University bar.

Students have been told that they will be fined up to £200 if they appear to be drunk in, or coming out of, the campus’ Lonsdale Bar.

An email sent out on Friday from Lonsdale College, which runs Lonsdale Bar, said: “Students found in Lonsdale Bar or coming out of Lonsdale Bar who appear to be drunk to a porter, college officer or assistant dean will be required to identify themselves and will be summoned to a disciplinary hearing.”

Students headed to the bar on Friday night to protest against the measure.

Lonsdale College’s Facebook page posted: “Lonsdalions are you a parking ticket? Because you’ve got fineeeeeeee written all over you. Get your beautiful faces down to the bar tonight to show Lancaster what Lonnie students are made of.”

The email, which is thought to have been sent out by Lonsdale College’s administrator, said the maximum fine for being drunk is £200 and there is a £250 fine for buying a drink for someone who is drunk or selling a drink to someone who is drunk.

Joel Pullan, Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) President said: “While LUSU holds no jurisdiction over the college bars we are striving to find out more information on the reasons behind these fines.

“Though we advocate sensible drinking, we feel such policies could damage the college bar system which we, with students have fought so hard to preserve.”

Lonsdale College, located at the university’s Alexandra Park, describes itself as “the party college” on Lancaster University Students’ Union (LUSU) website.