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Alcohol Policy

Student, Employee, and Guest Participation
Campus Buildings and Spaces
Policy Procedure and Development
Departmental/Unit/Organization Policies
Promotional Activities
Purchases of Alcohol
Enforcement
Education, Counseling, and Treatment Resources

 

I. General

While on the campus of the University of West Georgia, all persons must comply with all policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia and the University of West Georgia, and all federal, state, and local laws governing the use, possession, manufacture, distribution, dispensation, and sale of alcoholic beverages.

The University of West Georgia adheres to the Drug-Free Communities and Schools Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226) and the Georgia Drug-Free Postsecondary Act of 1990.

Persons under the age of 21 are strictly prohibited from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages.

II. Student, Employee, and Guest Participation

If University of West Georgia students, employees, or guests organize events or activities at which alcohol is served, they are responsible for following this Policy, as well as all other relevant university policies.

If students are invited to attend an event at which alcohol is served, attendance at the event must be completely voluntary. Required attendance must never occur, except attendance by designated hosts as a part of an event’s risk management plan. If an employee or student is sponsoring an event at which attendance is mandatory, no alcohol may be served. Even the perception of, or encouragement of, required attendance must always be avoided.

III. Campus Buildings and Spaces

The distribution and consumption of alcoholic beverages in all campus buildings and spaces are specifically prohibited except for the following:

A. Events with Prior Approval from the President or Designee

All events with alcohol present (except tailgating parties as outlined below) must have specific prior approval from the President or his designee. A list of designees is available in the President’s office.  At all events where alcohol is present, the sponsoring organization shall:

1. Follow all relevant laws and policies.

2. Ensure that alcoholic beverages are not served or made available to anyone under 21 years of age.

3. Ensure that no obviously intoxicated person is given or allowed to consume any additional alcoholic beverage.

4. Ensure that no obviously intoxicated person drives.

B. Tailgating with Alcohol at Major Events

1. Tailgate parties in designated campus parking areas during major campus events which are announced by the President's office on an annual basis (such as home football games) are authorized.

2. Participants in tailgating parties are expected to follow all relevant laws and policies, including not serving alcohol to anyone under 21 years of age, not giving alcoholic beverages to any obviously intoxicated person, and not driving while intoxicated.

3. Tailgating parties must follow the university's Tailgating Policy.

C. Personal, responsible use by individuals over the age of 21 in campus housing rooms and apartments as described in the Residence Life Handbook (www.westga.edu/reslife/index_5450.php).

IV. Policy/Procedure Development

Each Vice President is responsible for developing necessary policies and procedures within her/his area of responsibility, in support of this Policy.

V. Departmental/Unit/Organization Policies

The University does not have alcohol liability insurance, as it is not within the course and scope of any university department to serve alcohol.  A department or organization which hosts an event with alcohol should develop procedures consistent with this Policy to manage the risk.  Campus departments, units, and organizations may develop additional standards and procedures which are more restrictive than those established in this Policy. It is the responsibility of event organizers to check with the department/unit and follow all applicable laws, policies, and procedures. 

VI. Promotional Activities

Advertising of events at which alcoholic beverages will be present cannot include references to alcohol.

VII. Purchases of Alcohol

No university funds (state, tuition, or student fees) shall be used to purchase alcoholic beverages.

VIII. Enforcement

Each member of the University of West Georgia community should be involved in the implementation of and compliance with this Policy.  Unless otherwise stated by law, each individual retains responsibility for his or her actions at all times regardless of his or her mental state, even if altered by alcoholic beverages or other drugs. 

Persons who violate the law may be subject to arrest or citation. Employees and students may also be referred to the appropriate University authority for disciplinary sanctions for policy violations. Visitors who violate the law or University policies may also be required to leave campus and be prohibited from returning. 

IX. Education, Counseling, and Treatment Resources

The University of West Georgia is strongly committed to supporting the rights of individuals who choose not to drink, and to helping individuals who choose to drink to do so in a responsible manner. Educational programs for students are presented each year by departments throughout the campus.  Information about counseling and treatment resources for University of West Georgia students and employees is available at www.westga.edu/UWGCares.

Updated August 2009