Alcohol Policy

POLICY STATEMENT

The university’s alcohol policies prohibit the purchase, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages on university property.  All members of the university community are obligated to obey these laws, policies and ordinances.  Exceptions noted under university sponsored events.

DEFINITIONS

Student:  includes all persons enrolled at the university whether full-time or part-time.

Employee:  Includes all faculty and staff employed whether full-time or part-time.

University Community:  defined as all faculty, staff, students, administration, alumni, guests, visitors, and community members.

Minor:  defined as persons under the legal drinking age, as defined by the State of Mississippi.

POLICIES and RESPONSIBILITIES

Statement of Purpose

At Delta State University, diversity of opinion and freedom of choice involves the exercise of personal responsibility that includes the obligation to make sound judgments regarding the use of alcohol.  The abuse of alcohol by members of the Delta State University community is incompatible with the goals of the institution.  In order to further the university’s commitment to provide a healthy and productive educational environment, DSU has established a policy on alcohol use.  This policy is an important and necessary part of the overall commitment of a comprehensive alcohol education program and DSU.  In addition to these guidelines, the most important factor in the reduction of alcohol-related problems is the human capacity to act responsibly.  Therefore, the university has an expectation that individuals and groups know and understand the risk and liability associated with the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Standards of Conduct

This policy applies to all members of the university community and will apply to all activities conducted on the university owned property and at university sponsored events.  It is the responsibility of all members of the university community to familiarize themselves and their guests with relevant federal, state, and local laws as well as the standards, procedures, and guidelines for the possession, use, and distribution of alcohol as outlined in this policy.

University Sponsored Events

The sale, distribution, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at all on-campus university sponsored events unless prior written permission is received from the President of Delta State University.  Possible exceptions:  Capps Building, Wright Art Gallery, Bologna Performing Arts Center, Statesmen Park, Alumni House, Kent Wyatt Building (1st floor only).

University Equipment

The use, possession, or consumption of alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited in all university vehicles on or off-campus.

Health Risks

Delta State University recognizes that alcohol abuse is harmful.  Medical research reveals that such behavior is a causative factor in heart, liver, and gastrointestinal diseases as well as in various cancers and brain damage.  The abuse of alcohol and other drugs is not only destructive to the physical health, but it also erodes the self-discipline and motivation necessary for learning.  Pervasive alcohol abuse creates an environment that is Destructive to learning and working.

Counseling Programs

The university makes available to all its students and employees the services of the Counseling Center (O.W. Reily Health Center, 846-4690).  In addition to offering direct services to students and employees experiencing problems with alcohol or substance abuse, the Counseling Center provides referral services to several centers for alcohol and drug treatment and rehabilitation in the area.

In addition, substance abuse programs are offered in the residence hall by the Counseling Center, the Student Task Force against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Delta Community Mental Health Center, DSU Police Department, and the City Police Department.

The Responsible Office and/or the Policy Owner: Human Resources Department 

 RELATED DOCUMENTS

 None

STATUS

Active

DATE(S)

Policy Effective Date: Approved by Cabinet, 09/23/2013

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