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The Lowdown
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  Student Rights and Responsibilities
  Student Code of Conduct
  Academic Disruption Policy
  Substance Abuse Policy
  University Alcohol Policy
  Security Policies and Procedures
  Sexual Harassment and Sexual Violence Policy
  Student Record Policy
  Personnel Policies for Student Employees
  Policy for Non-Discrimination
  Sale of Academic Materials
  Copyright Policy for Students
  USA Posting Policy
  USA Solicitation Policy
  Student Center Posting Policy
  Housing Rules and Regulations
  Registration Process
  USA Student Computer Policy
  Study Abroad Policy
  Traffic/Parking Policy
  Lowdown Handbook (PDF)

The sale, possession, distribution, or consumption of alcoholic beverages on the campus of the
University of South Alabama or at properties owned by the University is prohibited except as
provided in this policy. Under no circumstances may any individual under the legal drinking age
(minimum of 21 years of age) serve, sell, consume, or possess alcohol on University properties.
1. Rules Pertaining to All Members, Groups, Events, and Organizations in the
University Community.
(A) No individual may serve or otherwise provide alcohol to persons under the legal
drinking age.
(B) The sale, service, consumption of alcohol on University properties is restricted to
designated areas in the following locations with prior approval of the Vice
President for Student Affairs (VPSA.) Asterisks (*) indicate area in which alcohol,
with prior approval, may be sold:
(1) Mitchell Center*
(2) Student Center Terrace
(3) Premises in and around Alumni Hall
(4) USA Brookley Center*
(5) USA Fairhope campus* (6) Laidlaw Performing Arts Building
(7) Stanky Field and Clubhouse*
(8) In common areas for special events, if approved by the VPSA
(9) Greek Housing and rented properties (see page 134 of The Lowdown)
(C) Campus Police shall be notified of all events at which alcohol will be served.
Security will be required at all events where alcohol is present unless an exception
is provided by the VPSA.
(D) Whenever the sale or service of alcohol is permitted under this policy, alcohol
must be purchased through the licensed vendor for food service on the USA campus.
(E) All members of the campus community (students, faculty, staff alumni, and
guests) must adhere to all applicable state and local laws and University
regulations related to the sale and use of alcohol. They include, but are not limited
to the following:
(1) It is unlawful for any person to aid or abet an underage person on the purchase
or attempt to obtain alcoholic beverages.
(2) It is unlawful for any underage person to falsify a driver’s license or any other
identification document by an underage person to purchase or attempt to
purchase alcoholic beverages.
(3) It is unlawful for any person to permit use of his/her driver’s license or any
other identification document by an underage person to purchase or attempt
to purchase alcoholic beverages.
(4) No person may bring any type of alcoholic beverage into a licensed facility or
area nor may any person take alcoholic beverages out of the licensed facility
or area.
(5) Damage to or destruction of property, or injury to person(s) which is caused
by or can be shown to be related to the consumption of alcohol will be subject
to disciplinary action, as will any other violation of this rule.
(F) Any organization or individual found not to be in compliance with the University
Alcohol Policy at its event is subject to University disciplinary action and an
organization may forfeit its right to any activity fee support from, and registration
with, the University.
2. Promotional Guidelines: The on-campus promotion of activities or events shall not
advertise alcohol or sponsorship by alcohol marketers without prior written approval
of the Vice President for Student Affairs.
Events that seek advertising approval must meet the following requirements:
(1) Alcohol shall not be used as an inducement to participate in a University
event and may not be offered as a prize or gift in any form of contest, raffle, or
competition. Social events that encourage drinking, drinking contests, or
drunkenness, and the advertisement of such events, are prohibited.
(2) Alcohol advertising on campus or in campus media, including that which
promotes events as well as product advertising, shall not portray drinking as
a solution to personal or academic problems of students or as an enhancement
to social, sexual, or academic status.
(3) Advertising for any university event at which alcoholic beverages are sold or
served shall not mention availability of alcoholic beverages.
(4) Promotional materials, including advertising for any University event, shall not make reference to the amount of alcoholic beverages available.
(F) Any organization or individual found not to be in compliance with the University
Alcohol Policy at its event is subject to University disciplinary action and an
organization may forfeit its right to any activity fee support from, and registration
with, the University.
3. Greek Housing/Student Organizations
A. The University may grant the privilege of alcohol consumption to greek
organizations and to other recognized organizations. Those organizations will be
expected to follow the standards that the University has established .
All requests for events must be registered in the Office of Campus Involvement
at least five working days prior to the date of the event. Depending on the nature
of the event, prior University approval may be necessary.
B. All laws, ordinances and University regulations must be carefully observed. Public
consumption—except when the University has granted permission—or public
intoxication on any properties of the University is prohibited.
The responsibility for compliance with and adherence to University regulations
and applicable state laws rests totally with the sponsoring organization and its
advisors. The University of South Alabama, its trustees, officers and employees
do not assume any responsibility or liability for actions of the organization and
its advisors or individuals, with regard to alcohol usage.
C. Organizations which serve alcohol must maintain appropriate insurance policies,
as required by the University.
D. An advisor must be present for the duration of the event. University Police must
approve security for all events.
E. No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through an organization’s treasury.
Any monies used to pay for alcoholic beverages must be taken from personal/
private sources.
No alcohol may be purchased with funds of an organization which are in accounts
of the University of South Alabama.
No organization may co-sponsor or co-finance a function where alcohol is
purchased by any of the host organizations.
F. Minors who are not affiliated with the University and are not accompanied by
someone affiliated with the University may not attend any function at which
alcoholic beverages are served. An official of the organization sponsoring the
event will ask the minor to leave. If the minor refuses to leave, either University
or local police will be advised.
Driver’s licenses are to be checked to verify that persons are of legal drinking age
before those persons may receive and consume alcoholic beverages.
G. No organization may co-sponsor an event with an alcoholic distributor, charitable
organization or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than
half of annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise
provided to those present.
H. All rush activities must be dry. No alcohol shall be present at any pledge/associate
member/novice program or activity of the organization.
I. Open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the
organization when alcohol is present, shall be prohibited. J. Alcoholic beverages must not be freely available (unrestricted access) and a
designated server should be appointed to insure no alcoholic beverages are served
to persons under the legal drinking age or to persons who appear to be intoxicated.
Food and non-alcoholic beverages should be available at the same place, in adequate
quantities and featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.
K. The event should have a definite beginning and ending time. The serving of
alcoholic beverages should be stopped at least thirty minutes prior to the ending
time of the event.
L. Non-alcoholic beverages and food should be available throughout the event.
M. Events cannot be advertised as B.Y.O.B. (Bring your own alcohol or bottle).
N. Advertising for the event may not include any reference to alcohol.
Drinking “games” or any activity which encourages alcohol over-indulgence or abuse
are prohibited.
Keg beer or any common sources will not be allowed under any circumstances.

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