The Inter-Association Task Force recommends that a comprehensive campus policy on alcohol include the following:

The Institution's Policy StatementThis broad but succinct philosophical statement, from which all policy components flow, should include a pro-health and safety, anti-abuse comment, an underscoring of student responsibility for their own actions, an equal emphasis on the university's "duty to care" responsibility, and a commitment to alcohol education for all students. It must be drafted from each institution's unique needs and experiences.

A Summary of State and City Laws

  1. Drinking Age Laws - pertaining to the possession, consumption, and sale of alcoholic beverages as well as penalties for violation of such laws.

  2. Regulation of Sale Laws - with special emphasis on Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) Board requirements for special permits or licenses by groups that charge admission or dues for events involving alcoholic beverages.

  3. Open Container Laws - governed by city or county ordinances or state statutes concerning the consumption of alcoholic beverages in outdoor areas or automobiles.

College Regulations

  1. Locations where alcoholic beverages are permitted to be possessed, served, and consumed by persons of legal drinking age on the campus should be identified. A specific listing of such places (e.g., in private rooms, designated common areas of residence halls, college unions, etc.) helps clarify questions that students, faculty, or staff might have about where alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus.

  2. Locations where alcoholic beverages are permitted to be sold as opposed to merely served on campus (e.g., faculty lounge, college union, pub, etc.) should be delineated clearly.

  3. Guidelines for public and private social events that involve alcoholic beverages within the institution's jurisdiction should be established. An event that is open to the public (i.e., where admission is charged or public announcement is made) should be registered with the appropriate campus office before the event. Such events should be conducted within the following guidelines:

    • If the function includes the sale of alcoholic beverages, a permit should be obtained from the appropriate state office or ABC Board.
    • Individuals sponsoring the event should implement precautionary measures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not accessible or served to persons under the legal drinking age or to persons who appear intoxicated.
    • At social functions where alcoholic beverages are provided by the sponsoring organization, direct access should be limited to a person(s) designated as the server(s).
    • Consumption of alcoholic beverage should be permitted only within the approved area designated for the event.
    • Nonalcoholic beverages must be available at the same place as the alcoholic beverages and featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.
    • A reasonable portion of the budget for the event shall be designated for the purchase of food items.
    • No social event shall include any form of "drinking contest" in its activities or promotion.
    • Advertisements for any university event where alcoholic beverages are served shall mention the availability of nonalcoholic beverages as prominently as alcohol. Alcohol should not be used as an inducement to participate in a campus event.
    • Promotional materials including advertising for any university event shall not make reference to the amount of alcoholic beverages (such as the number of beer kegs) available.
    • Institutionally approved security personnel shall be present at all times during the event.

  4. A specific statement concerning the use or nonuse of alcoholic beverages at membership recruitment functions (e.g., fraternity/sorority rush, departmental clubs, and special interest groups) should be explicitly and officially distributed to the appropriate organizations.

  5. A specific statement concerning the use or nonuse of alcoholic beverages in athletic facilities or at athletic events, effectively communicated, should apply equally to student, faculty, staff, alumni, and others attending the event.

  6. Guidelines for any marketing, advertising, and promotion of alcoholic beverages on campus events involving alcohol should be stated and officially disseminated to the appropriate campus organization, the participating private business, and the campus newspaper and other media in which such advertising might occur.

  7. Procedures for adjudicating violations of the alcohol policy should be articulated. Such procedures should include an explicit statement of sanctions.


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