Student Conduct & Community Standards

Student Game Day Guidelines for The Boulevard

Guidelines for alcohol consumption prior to SMU home football games ensure game days are a safe and positive experience for everyone. Alcohol may only be consumed by students who are 21 or older and who possess a valid ID. Please follow these rules that have been developed by a committee of SMU students and staff:

Alcohol Service 

  • All students who wish to be served alcohol must obtain a game day Boulevard wristband with four (4) pull off tabs from an ID table.  Students must present a valid state or international ID card and their SMU ID. The valid ID will be swiped at the ID table to confirm that the student is 21. The wristbands are non-transferable and are required to be served alcohol by any groups or organizations.
  • Student organizations and groups providing alcohol to their members and guests must have a minimum of two officially licensed bartenders from the SMU concessionaire and one police officer who will be present in the tent for the duration of the event. Bartenders will follow all Texas Alcohol Beverage Code rules and may require ID to verify age.  
  • Only beer and non-alcoholic beverages may be consumed. Liquor is prohibited. In an effort to be more sustainable on the Boulevard, beer must be consumed from its original aluminum bottle or can. Glass bottles and kegs are prohibited. 
  • The following formula will be used to calculate the amount of alcohol allowable per student tent: 4 beers per 21 year old member plus 4 additional beers per 21 year old member to account for guests. To account for Family Weekend and Homecoming where students may have additional guests or family members, the same formula will be used of 4 beers per 21 year old member plus 8 additional beers per 21 year old member to account for additional guests. A guest list is not required.
  • There will be “no restocking” once the formulated amount of beer has been consumed.
  • Drinking games, use of beer funnels and other high risk behaviors are forbidden.
  • Each organization must provide a roster of all members 21 years of age and older prior to the first home game to the Dean of Student Life Office for verification. Those members turning 21 after this deadline, but during the season, should be included with their birthdates to prepare for the increase in allowed beverages. 

Boulevard Logistics

  • No student tent will be larger than 20 ft. x 40 ft. During Family Weekend and Homecoming, the tent size will be increased.
  • No stages will be allowed larger than 6 ft. x 8 ft.
  • Each tent may provide their own music, but radio-friendly versions of music are required.
  • Full-season tailgating areas are designated by the SMU Athletics department and may be reserved by calling 214-768-2476 or email to boulevard@smu.edu.
  • The Boulevard will be shut down for vehicle traffic two hours prior to game time.
  • No motor vehicles are allowed in the Boulevard area. All loading and unloading must take place on the street adjacent to the Boulevard, which is Hyer street.
  • All alcohol service ends 30 minutes prior to game time, and all music will be shut down at this time.
  • Each group shall appoint a clean-up crew to ensure that all trash (i.e. cups, paper, cans) are disposed of once the event is over. Groups leaving trash in their areas will face fines.
  • Tent grants are available, by application, for those student organizations not serving alcohol in their Boulevard tent.

Risk Management

  • All student groups requesting a Boulevard tent must attend a Student Boulevard meeting that will be scheduled prior to the start of the football season. The focus of the meeting will be to review the Boulevard guidelines. Each organization will be responsible for signing an agreement that they have read and understand the guidelines.
  • Student groups who do not attend this meeting will not receive approval to host a Boulevard tent.
  • Each student group will be provided one police officer to be stationed behind the bar with the bartender to ensure the policies for the service of alcohol are enforced.
  • Student groups must appoint two (2) Intervention Prevention-trained sober monitors for their Boulevard tents as they would for their other social events to promote peer leadership and monitoring and to mitigate risky behavior.
  • Each group providing alcohol at their tent must have, at a minimum, a 2 to 1 ratio of water to alcohol available and instruct bartenders to provide water to students.
  • Student groups that have alcohol must also provide non-salty food at their tent that can accommodate the number of members and potential visitors they expect to have.
  • Students visiting from other colleges and universities are expected to abide by all of the game day guidelines.
  • At least one representative from each student group with a tent on the Boulevard is required to attend a Boulevard debriefing meeting to be scheduled for the week following the last home football game in order to review the season’s Boulevard and to work with student and campus leadership to ensure the Boulevard was operated in accordance with the guidelines described in this document.

Consequences for Failure to Comply

  • Any organization failing to properly follow the Boulevard Guidelines will be subjected to losing Boulevard privileges.  
  • If an organization is currently on conduct status (probation, deferred suspension, suspension) and fails to follow the Boulevard Guidelines, the organization will automatically be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.
  • Any organization that is referred by the President’s Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention Student Programming Sub-committee to the University Conduct Process could be subject to sanctions under Section V of the University Conduct Review Process.

Boulevarding is a treasured SMU tradition and a privilege. Responsible and appropriate behavior by all students, particularly by those consuming alcohol, is an expectation. Inappropriate behavior may result in sanctions by law enforcement authorities and forfeiture of tailgating privileges. Sanctions could include referral to SMU or any visiting student’s University Conduct Office, criminal citations and/or arrest.

To see all Boulevard guidelines, visit smu.edu/boulevard.