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[The following was approved on July 5, 1988 (revision August 11, 2014), in accordance with provisions set forth in SIU Board of Trustees 6 Policies C.3]

Chapter Policies 6 of the Board authorizes the chancellors of each university to develop regulations for the campus complex dealing with the sale, delivery, possession, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages, such regulations to be approved by the president, and sets forth certain requirements for the regulations. The regulations approved for SIUC are as follows.

The use of alcoholic beverages on property owned or controlled by Southern Illinois University Carbondale is restricted by the laws of the state of Illinois, and the regulations of the university. Pursuant to Chapter 6, Policies C.3 of the Board of Trustees, the following regulations have been approved by the chancellor and the president, and shall apply to the use of alcoholic beverages at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

  1. The use, including sale, delivery, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in or on any property owned or controlled by the university is strictly prohibited, except as otherwise provided in these regulations. Where permitted under these regulations, the use of alcoholic beverages on university premises shall be considered a privilege and may be allowed only if consistent with state laws and university regulations, and only when it will not interfere with the decorum and academic atmosphere of the campus.
  2. Definitions
    1. For the purpose of these regulations, the term "alcoholic beverages" includes only legally produced, commercially available beverages having alcoholic content. All other beverages having an alcoholic content shall be strictly prohibited and excluded from the permissible uses under these regulations.
    2. The term "legal drinking age" refers to the legal age for use of the alcoholic beverages in Illinois, which is 21 years. (The Illinois Liquor Control Act provides, among other things, that anyone who sells, gives, or delivers an alcoholic beverage to an individual under the age of 21 years commits a Class A misdemeanor, and that any person under the age of 21 years who possesses any alcoholic beverage in any public place or in any place open to the public commits a Class B misdemeanor.)
  3. The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus by persons of legal drinking age may be permitted in the following living areas in accordance with administrative guidelines developed by University Housing and approved by the chancellor.
    1. In designated upper-class, graduate, or professional residence halls owned or controlled by the university. Such possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be confined to the individual room of the resident.
    2. In faculty or family housing owned or controlled by the university.
  4. The chancellor or his/her designee, may approve exceptions to these regulations to allow possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages by persons of legal drinking age at designated events and locations on campus. These exceptions may take place only at times and places which will not interfere with the academic functions of the university, and only if all applicable requirements of sections h and i of these regulations are met by the event sponsor.
  5. The sale, direct or indirect, of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited by state law and these regulations, except as follows:
    1. The chancellor or his/her designee, pursuant to 235 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/6-15, may approve the sale, delivery, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages by and to persons of legal drinking age who are attending "conference or convention-type activities" or "cultural, political, or educational activities" at designated locations on campus. A conference or convention, or an educational, cultural, or political activity, for purposes of these regulations means and includes gatherings organized and developed principally for persons other than students and employees of Southern Illinois University Carbondale, or inter-organizational conferences or activities of two or more internal or university-related organizations. Further, the activity must have a principal purpose which is clearly and directly related to the educational, public service, or research functions of the university, or which directly relates to fulfilling officially assigned responsibilities of a line officer of the university on matters of institutional advancement, support, or improvement.
    2. The chancellor or an appropriate designee may approve the sale, delivery, possession, and consumption of alcoholic beverages by and to persons of legal drinking age at an established faculty center, as permitted by state law. No sales of alcoholic beverages will be permitted unless a license has been issued pursuant to state law authorizing such sales in the facility where alcoholic beverages are to be sold.
  6. The university will not authorize the use of general student fees or state funds for the purchase of any alcoholic beverage (except as provided in section e) or to either partially or totally support off-campus events where alcoholic beverages are served or provided to participants as part of the event.
  7. The university assumes no responsibility for any liability incurred as a result of an organization's or individual's violation of these regulations or any applicable laws governing the use and consumption of alcoholic beverages. All student and other organizations while using university facilities or premises shall be required to abide by state laws and university regulations governing alcoholic beverages; members of the organization are responsible for conducting themselves in accordance with the state laws and university regulations.
  8. For all events on campus where use of alcoholic beverages is planned or anticipated, the event sponsor must submit through appropriate administrative channels a form either requesting approval of such use of alcoholic beverages pursuant to these regulations, or requesting permission to conduct an event where unauthorized use of alcoholic beverages is expected. When use of alcoholic beverages is not approved for such an event, publicity for the event, if conducted, should clearly state that the use of alcoholic beverages is not permitted.
  9. For all events involving use of alcoholic beverages on campus, the event sponsor will be responsible for assuring that
    1. nonalcoholic beverages and food are made available at the event.
    2. provisions are made to regulate portions of alcoholic beverages served per individual and that the event shall not include any form of drinking contest in its activities or promotion.
    3. adequate supervision and security are available for the event as necessary to provide for a safe atmosphere and to permit enforcement of the law concerning underage consumption of alcoholic beverages and other state laws and university regulations.
    4. promotion of the event includes a statement concerning the legal age for consumption of alcoholic beverages and the intent to enforce state laws and university regulations.
  10. Responsibility for compliance with these regulations and with all applicable laws will be incumbent upon all members of the university community. The universityDepartment of Public Safety shall, when informed of activities and events involving alcoholic beverages, determine appropriate security measures to be taken and coordinate with the event sponsor and appropriate administrative staff of the university as may be necessary to assist with enforcement of state laws and university regulations. Persons who violate either applicable laws or these regulations may be subject to university disciplinary action and prosecution under state law.

    This document is one of several university statements on drug and alcohol use by students and employees and on the regulation of alcohol on the university campus. These policies are Drug and Alcohol Use: Standards of Conduct; Drug and Alcohol Use By Employees Performing Safety-Sensitive Work; Drug-Free Workplace; Drugs and Alcohol: Disciplinary Sanctions Relating to Illicit UseAlcoholic Beverages: Regulations.