Policy number: 1.15
Policy section: Institutional Affairs
Revised Date: January 2, 2019
1. Policy Statement
The Board of Trustees of the University has affirmed that abusive use of alcoholic beverages and the corresponding effects upon persons constitute one of the more serious problems in our nation. In keeping with the University’s heritage as an institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the Board of Trustees has urged all members of the University community to consider use of alcoholic beverages with responsibility, prudence, and moderation. As a University community which espouses the value and worth of persons in an environment of free and open inquiry and expression, it is recognized that individuals must be free to follow their own conscience regarding the use of alcoholic beverages; provided, however, that such freedom does not imply license to violate the law or University policy. The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places on campus on property owned or controlled by the University is restricted subject to the provisions set forth below.
2. Liquor Laws
All members of the University community should at all times be cognizant of and comply with all applicable liquor laws. The University expects each individual and group within the University community to obey these laws. Failure to do so will subject the offender(s) to potential University action and/or action by civil authorities.
3. Alcohol Abuse and Conduct
All members of the University community are expected to maintain self-control and to uphold their dignity and that of the University at all times in all places on or off campus. Conduct should be consistent with ideals of excellence of mind, healthy bodies, and responsible social behavior, including recognition of the rights of others. Intoxication and alcohol abuse are inconsistent with the spirit of the University and will not be tolerated. In recognition of this fact, the University reserves the right to initiate disciplinary action when individuals and groups neglect or abdicate their responsibility to observe the Student Code of Conduct of which this policy is a part.
4. Approved Alcohol on Campus
The authority to approve the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on property owned or controlled by the University is delegated to the President of the University, and the President or his/her designee shall have the right and discretion to prohibit, or place restrictions and conditions upon such activities he/she deems appropriate and in the best interest of the University. The President may adopt rules and/or approval procedures governing the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverage son property owned or controlled by the University consistent with this policy. Such rules and procedures may limit or restrict the areas where possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be permitted.
For procedures for the sale and service of alcohol and for more information regarding the process for the approval of alcohol service on property owned or controlled by the University, please see http://www.smu.edu/StudentAffairs/VPSA/Alcohol.
Revised: January 2, 2019
Adopted: July 22, 2015