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Alcohol Policy

The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is controlled by Kentucky statutes‚ city ordinances‚ and University regulations. All members of the University community are expected to obey these laws and regulations. The University desires to provide an environment where alcohol consumption by underage students is neither encouraged nor made available and‚ further‚ to promote alcohol education and counseling programs. Consistent with this philosophy‚ the University expects compliance with the following regulations.

  1. Use of alcoholic beverages on University of Kentucky property must not violate state and local laws (see Appendix).
  2. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in classrooms‚ laboratories‚ offices‚ other buildings where the public has access‚ and all outdoor areas of the campus.
  3. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in undergraduate housing leased from and supervised by the University. This includes residence halls‚ Fraternities‚ Sororities‚ and the undergraduate section of Greg Page Apartments. The intent of this regulation is the promotion and maintenance of an environment conducive to study for its residents‚ the vast majority of whom are under twenty–one years of age.

    Violation of this regulation may result in discipline under the Student Code of Conduct or termination of the housing contract‚ or both.
  4. House corporations which supervise Greek chapter houses on property leased from the University are expected to establish house rules consistent with civil law and University regulations and are responsible for ensuring compliance by house residents.

    Violation of the terms of the lease and University regulations could result in termination of the lease from the University.
  5. Registered student organizations are expected to comply with University regulations and with state and local laws regarding the conduct of members and guests at all times. For social occasions‚ student organizations also are expected to abide by University guidelines for event planning published by the Dean of Students.
    During social events‚ student officers will be held accountable for compliance by members and guests. Violation of this regulation may result in discipline of the organization under the Student Code of Conduct or termination of student organization status.
  6. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at University of Kentucky athletic events.
  7. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold‚ directly or indirectly‚ on University property.

    (For purposes of clarification‚ the University of Kentucky Faculty Club‚ Inc. and Spindletop Hall‚ Inc. are private corporations which lease property from the University and which hold valid alcoholic beverage license. The facilities occupied by these corporations are places wherein alcoholic beverages may be sold.)
  8. Alcoholic beverages are permitted in graduate student apartments and houses‚ married student housing‚ and non–student residential housing‚ provided such use does not violate any law or University regulation.
  9. Alcoholic beverages are permitted in University facilities for private events with permission of the respective Chancellor or Vice President (or the administrator’s designee)‚ provided such use does not violate any law or University regulation. Such request should be directed to the appropriate Chancellor or Vice President (or designee).



Kentucky Statutes Applicable to the Use of Alcoholic Beverages

  1. It is unlawful for a person to sell‚ give‚ purchase‚ or procure any alcoholic beverage for anyone under twenty–one years of age. (See KRS 244.080)
  2. It is unlawful for a person to possess or consume alcoholic beverages when under twenty–years of age. (See KRS 244.085)
  3. It is unlawful for anyone under twenty–one years of age to misrepresent his or her age for the purpose of purchasing alcoholic beverages. (See KRS 244.085)
  4. It is unlawful for anyone under twenty–one years of age to use or attempt to use any false‚ fraudulent or altered identification card‚ paper‚ or other document to purchase any alcoholic beverage. (See KRS 244.085)
  5. It is unlawful for anyone to drink or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage in public place(s). (See KRS 244.020)
    1. “Public place” means a place to which the public or a substantial group of persons has access and includes but is not limited to highway and transportation facilities‚ schools‚ places of amusement‚ parks‚ places of business‚ play–grounds‚ and hallways and lobbies and other portions of apartment houses and hotels not constituting rooms or apartments designed for actual residence. (See KRS 525.010)
    2. The Attorney General has written: A state university campus is a "public place" and the school buildings located thereon are public buildings‚ so that the drinking of alcoholic beverages on the campus or in the buildings is a violation of laws. (OAG 74–39)
    3. The Attorney General also has written: A dormitory room on a state university campus is not a “public place” within the definition found in KRS 525.010. (OAG 87–11)
    4. The Attorney General has written further: It must be remembered that this opinion does not concern or affect the landlord tenant relationship between state universities and their student dormitory residents. As landlords‚ state universities continue to have the authority to include as a term of the dormitory room rental agreement a prohibition as to or restrictions on the consumption of alcoholic beverages within the premises leased‚ even though the student resident may be 21 years or older. (OAG 87–11)

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