Message from the President
Dear Members of the SMU Community:
The United Methodist heritage that guides our University provides us with strong values of civic responsibility and concern for the welfare of our students. In keeping with the principles and values expressed by SMU's founders, we aim to provide the best possible environment for learning and enrichment, not only among our students, but also among members of the community who gather at SMU for special events. Toward this end, I urge all members of the SMU community to consider the presence of alcoholic beverages on campus with responsibility, prudence, and moderation.
The Purpose of this Guide for Service of Alcohol on the Southern Methodist University Campus is to provide you with the policies and procedures for serving alcohol at SMU as well as background information as to why our particular policies, in addition to state laws governing alcohol, exist.I encourage you to read this guide thoroughly prior to submitting a request for approval to serve alcohol on-campus. Please direct any questions related to this Guide to the Vice President for Student Affairs, at email@example.com.
R. Gerald Turner
Alcohol Service Guidelines
Alcohol request forms are integrated into STABLE under the Events and Room Requests section and the appropriate Event Support widget. Event planners must complete alcohol service requests at least twenty days in advance of event allowing time to process the request prior to submitting to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (TABC).
The sale and service of alcoholic beverages on the SMU campus are authorized and regulated by the TABC and SMU policies and procedures, administered through the SMU Office of Campus Services.
SMU Hospitality (SMU Catering) continues to be the designated official vendor for food and alcohol sales and service for all events and venues on the SMU campus.
- Review and understand the Policies and Procedures for Events on Campus.
- ARAMARK/SMU Hospitality provides and serves alcoholic beverages for campus events.
- Fees charged by TABC are passed to department sponsoring event.
- $300 for applications received by TABC nine to seven business days before the event
- $500 for applications received by TABC six to four business days before the event
- $900 for applications received by TABC three to one business day before the event
- Finally, by completing the Event Support request at least twenty days in advance of event, you affirm that you have read and understand the guidelines for the service of alcohol found here.
This submission is separate from any approval(s) that may be required by SMU Risk Management (Certificate of Insurance (COI) Request), the Office of Campus Services or the Office of Legal Affairs related to your event.
***University policy requires that food be served whenever alcohol is being served. ***