Anderson University is a private (there's a key word) conservative Christian (more keys - that's who they are) institution of higher learning in Indiana, affiliated with the Church of God (could that be important?). I am not familiar with the school, but saw a piece on the news this morning about students there protesting the policy that forbids the use of alcohol.
A group of unhappy young adults who are registered students walked into a downtown bar and bellied up to make a protest statement. Essentially what they were saying is "Hey, we're 21 - legal adults in the USA - and that gives us certain rights. AU, loosen up on your alcohol policy for those of us of legal age. If we want to drink, we should be able to do so without retribution." You can read the story here.
But here's a sample of legal age and adulthood being two separate matters.
If you visit the university's web site, you'll find their policies on student life very clearly stated. Stated clearly enough, I might add, that incoming freshmen should have no problem understanding what they say.
Anderson U's policy on alcohol consumption states:
The purchase, possession, or use of alcohol or illegal drugs by any student on or off campus is prohibited. Individuals who drink alcoholic beverages off campus and return to campus will be subject to disciplinary action. Alcoholic beverage containers found in rooms, automobiles, etc., will be considered as evidence of drinking by the occupants. Alcoholic beverage containers, posters, and other items advertising alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Students annually receive a copy of the university policy on drugs and alcohol from the Department of Student Life. [emphases are mine]
Then below a listing of all their student life policies is this statement:
Students coming to this university agree to conduct themselves as responsible citizens and actively contribute to the quality of social, spiritual, and intellectual life. Violation of university policies subjects students to disciplinary action that could include warning, probation, or dismissal from the university. [again my emphases]
This post isn't about whether or not I or anyone else agrees with the policy. What I think about the policy doesn't matter. It's not my school. What it is about is being an adult, which is more than a birthday.
Hello boys and girls! When you matriculated and signed your name on the dotted line you agreed to the policies. Your signature implied your compliance. You willingly signed away any "right" to violate the policy. That was your agreement. You have annually been reminded and still you come back, again signifying your willing compliance.
Suck it up and keep your word. If you dont' like the policy there is an easy solution: transfer to another school! If you want to go to a school where the students set the policies go find one. But I doubt AU is a democracy. And for good reason.
A sign of adulthood is the ability to accept responsibility for your actions. That means some are actually "adults" in regard to maturity before age 21. But a birthday doesn't guarantee such status. You don't need a beer to be a man (or woman). You need to honor your word.