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Chapter 12.
General Operations
Effective Date: 09/01/2010
12.4 Alcoholic Beverages

Michigan Technological University recognizes that clear evidence exists that the misuse and abuse of alcoholic beverages can erode the foundation of the University's goals and objectives and can diminish the attainment of intellectual, social, physical and moral growth and development. All University members are adults who will make personal choices about their use of alcohol, but those choices must not disrupt the living or learning environment of others.

It is the University's mission to influence alcohol related behavior when such behavior has a negative effect on any segment of the University community or violates any city, state, or federal law or ordinance. The University will attempt to provide, for all its community, educational activities and information concerning the responsible use of alcohol. The University will facilitate coordination of treatment services and the University will provide guidelines for responsible use of alcohol. Furthermore, neither this policy nor the University's consent to the use of alcoholic beverages at certain locations and under certain circumstances constitutes University sponsorship or approval of such use but reflects its desire to permit freedom of choice where such choice does not endanger life or violate existing law.

All federal, state, and local laws governing alcohol usage are applicable to all activities at Michigan Technological University.

Alcohol is not allowed to be advertised at official University events, nor advertised in official University publications.

Social events are to conform to recognized standards of good taste and conduct.

Possession and use of alcoholic or intoxicating beverages is prohibited except in the following circumstances:

  1. At University-sponsored functions alcoholic beverages may be served to non-paying guests with the prior approval of the President.
  2. The possession and use of alcoholic beverages is permitted for occasions and in facilities for which a valid liquor license has been obtained only in compliance with the license.
  3. Occupants of residence halls and University apartments may possess and use alcohol in approved rooms if such persons are of legal drinking age.
  4. The use of alcohol is permitted in Michigan Technological University courses, workshops or seminars when under the supervision of a professional staff member and the purpose is solely educational.

Those who violate federal, state or local laws while on University property, or at University sponsored events, and/or University rules regarding use, possession, sale or furnishing of alcohol to others are subject to disciplinary actions, up to and including dismissal or discharge.

This policy shall be administered in accordance with rules and procedures established by the President or designee.

This Policy constitutes a Rule and/or Regulation pursuant to MCL 4.201 et seq and MCL 752.581 et seq.

History
01/21/52
06/07/52
12/10/71
01/28/82
09/22/89
09/18/92 Change responsibility
08/03/2000 Prohibit the alcohol advertising at official University events or in official University publications; change provost title
07/15/2010 Was previously Policy 15.9. Renumbered, corrected Provost title, added "This Policy constitutes a Rule... ."
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