Policy No: 2029 Responsible Office: Student Affairs Last Review Date: 10/23/2023 Next Required Review: 10/23/2028
This document clarifies the University’s expectations and approach to the use of alcohol on University grounds as well as on University sponsored activities at off-campus locations.
This policy applies to all members of the University of South Alabama community (administrators, alumni, faculty, staff, guests, and students), including USA campuses and all USA Health facilities; also applies to University sponsored activities off-campus locations. Members must adhere to all applicable state and local laws and University regulations related to the sale, possession, and use of alcoholic beverages.
4. Policy Guidelines
- USA Mitchell Center;
- Outdoor areas immediately surrounding the Mitchell Center;
- Hancock Whitney Stadium;
- Moulton Tower and Alumni Plaza;
- MacQueen Alumni Center;
- Toulmin House (formerly Alumni Hall);
- Premises in and around Toulmin House;
- Mobile Townhouse;
- Student Center Terrace;
- Student Center Ballroom;
- Laidlaw Performing Arts Center;
- USA Fairhope Campus;
- Stanky Field and Clubhouse;
- Greek Housing;
- Mitchell College of Business;
- Shelby Hall;
- Alfred and Lucile Delchamps Archeology Museum;
- Mitchell Cancer Institute;
- Strada Patient Care Center;
- HAHN Health Sciences Building;
- USA Technology and Research Park;
- Seaman’s Bethel Church;
- SGA Pavilion;
- Jaguar Field;
- Faculty Club;
- Properties rented by USA;
- Other locations may be approved by VPSA.
The Following Scenarios Will Require Permission
5.1 An event sponsor should first seek approval to serve alcohol at the event from the Vice President for Student Affairs.
5.2 Once approval has been obtained from the Vice President for Student Affairs or his designee, alcoholic beverages may be served at the approved event location, with the understanding that any conditions, requirements or stipulations attached to that approval are to be abided by by all attendees.
5.3 All alcohol servers must be requested through Aramark. Aramark will provide trained in-house server or servers or an external trained server for approved events. In the event, Aramark does not have an available server on the date of the approved event, then alcohol will not be allowed at such event.
Disciplinary and Other Actions
6.1 Students found in violation of any of these policies will be subject to the following:
6.1.1 The student will be required to appear before the Student Conduct Administrator of the University who will assess the student’s behavioral report.
6.1.2 If alcohol and/or drug use is determined to be a factor in the behavioral report, the student may be referred to the Substance Abuse Program of Counseling and Testing Services located in 300 Student Center Circle, Mobile, AL 36688.
6.1.3 If it is determined that this Program is inadequate to meet the student’s needs, he/she may be referred to other agencies. The University assumes no liability for any costs which may be incurred in such a referral.
6.1.4 Depending upon the nature of the violation various sanctions may be imposed on the student including but not limited to the following: written reprimand, conduct probation, residence hall room transfer, removal from university housing, fine, completion of substance abuse education, community service, suspension and/or expulsion from the University.
6.2 Staff employees found in violation of these polices will be subject to the following:
6.2.1 The Department Head and appropriate Human Resource Officer will access the behavioral report. Appropriate sanctions may be imposed up to and including termination.
6.2.2 If alcohol and/or drug use are determined to be a factor in the behavioral report, the employee will be referred to the Employee Assistance Program. The employee is required to call EAP (461-1346) to make an appointment with the Employee Assistance counselor within two working days of the referral. The employee will receive a professional assessment to determine whether chemical dependency or abuse exists. If appropriate, the employee will be scheduled for counseling sessions with the Employee Assistance Counselor.
6.2.3 If it is determined that counseling sessions with the Employee Assistance Counselor would be inappropriate for the employee, he/she will be referred elsewhere for further evaluation.
6.3 The appropriate Human Resource Officer, as well as the supervisor of an employee undergoing treatment or counseling for chemical dependency shall be notified by the Employee Assistance Program Counselor as to:
6.3.1 Employee attendance at counseling/treatment sessions,
6.3.2 Date/time when employee may return to work,
6.3.3 Other state and federal requirements will apply with respect to health care professionals. To the extent that other legal requirements are more extensive than the policy enclosed herein and/or are more stringent, those will apply.
6.4 Members of the faculty who may be in violation of the policies will be subject to all requirements of the Faculty Handbook as well as the following:
6.4.1 The Department Head will confer with the Dean and the Vice President for the respective area to assess behavioral reports and evaluate for the necessity of assistance to the faculty member. Appropriate sanctions may be imposed, up to and including termination.
6.4.2 If alcohol or drug use is determined to be a factor in the behavioral report, the Department Head and appropriate representative, either from the Dean’s office or the Vice President’s office, will meet with the employee concerning issues related to professional performance.
6.4.3 The faculty member may be referred to the Employee Assistance Counselor for assessment or counseling.
7. Related Documents