The university believes that alcohol may be consumed on campus for student events, if appropriate procedures, laws and policies are followed. Persons of legal age shall be permitted to consume alcoholic beverages at any university-approved function where an alcohol use request has been submitted and approved. Alternative beverages and food must be made available during the hours of the event or activity. All persons using alcoholic beverages on campus must comply with the procedures for alcohol events, university policy and state and local laws. Depending on the scope and nature of the event, rules and procedures may be applied differently as deemed appropriate.
Approval may be granted for the consumption of alcoholic beverages in the following areas:
- University Union
- Burdick Field
- Johnny Unitas Stadium – Parking areas only
Several of these areas have time and seasonal restrictions, and alcoholic beverages are prohibited in Minnegan Stadium and the Towson Center during university intercollegiate athletic games. Please refer to the tailgating polices at the end of this handbook.
Approval for the consumption of alcohol at student-group events will not be granted for academic areas of the campus, specifically academic buildings, the library and common areas surrounding academic buildings.
All events where alcoholic beverages are dispensed must end by 11 p.m. on Sunday through Wednesday, by midnight on Thursday, and by 1 a.m. on Friday or Saturday. Sales will be discontinued one hour prior to the end of the event, regardless of the event ending time. The dispensing and consumption of alcoholic beverages will be allowed after 5 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, 3 p.m. on Friday and not before 11 a.m. on Saturday
Special permission must be granted by the associate vice president for
Campus Life for student events during normal academic class hours.
Student events including alcohol will be no longer than four hours in duration.
- Reserve the space with Event and Conference Services, in UU119 at least one month in advance.
- Appoint a representative who will be responsible for group compliance with the university policy and state/local law. The intent to serve alcohol during the event will be stated at the time of the booking.
- Final approval must be received from the associate vice president for Campus Life two weeks in advance of the scheduled event.
- It is the responsibility of the sponsoring organization to make sure that no advertisement for an event makes the availability of alcoholic beverages the main focus. It is up to the discretion of the associate vice president for Campus Life or his/her designee as to what is and what is not acceptable advertising.
- All advertising, including advertising of off-campus events, must be
reviewed and approved by the associate vice president for Campus Life or his/her designee before distribution. Advertising and fliers should be attached to the Events with Alcohol Approval Form. Noncompliance to the university’s advertisement policies may result in judicial charges placed against the student and/or student organization violators. Please refer to the alcohol advertising policy.
- After obtaining approval for events with alcohol, each authorized organization shall be required to agree, as a condition thereof, to assist the university as requested. That responsibility shall be considered a joint responsibility of the sponsoring organization and the university.
- At all events where alcoholic beverages are sold/dispensed, substantial amounts of food and non-alcoholic beverages must be available, equal to the amount of alcohol present.
- Security services, either university or non-university, for events are mandatory and will be financially charged to the sponsoring organization.
- Bring-your-own-beverage (BYOB) events will not be permitted unless approved by the appropriate staff member in Campus Life in advance and maintained by University Union event staff.
- Only those of legal drinking age will be allowed to bring alcohol.
- Each person is limited to one six pack of 12-ounce beers or a four pack of other beverages such as wine coolers, lemonades, etc.—all beverages must be pre-mixed and pre-packaged.
- Alcohol will be given to an event staff member to be checked.
- Each participant will be given a punch-card with the number and kind of drinks noted.
- Once a participant leaves the premises, any remaining alcohol brought is forfeited.
- Under no circumstances should university student organizational funds be used to pay for or supplement the cost of alcoholic beverages.
- Neither quantity of alcohol nor the frequency of use should be emphasized.
- Alcohol may not be offered as prizes for student events.
- Admission to events with alcohol will be limited to Towson University students and non-students accompanied by a Towson University student. Students may sponsor only one non-student guest. All TU students will be held accountable for the behavior of their guests.
- Those patrons of legal drinking age will be issued a wristband. Only one wristband will be issued per person. A list of patrons/students given wristbands will be kept at the main entrance to the event.
- Removal of the wristband will result in the loss of drinking privileges for the remainder of the event.
- The wristband must be displayed when buying a drink ticket and when redeeming the ticket for a drink.
- Only one drink may be purchased at a time.
- Under usual circumstances, students and/or guests will only be allowed to purchase the number of drink tickets equal to the number of the hours of the event (e.g., four-hour event, four drink tickets per patron of legal drinking age) and reasonable consumption of alcohol limits (12 ounces of beer or four ounces of wine per hour of the event).
- Alcoholic beverages may only be consumed in designated areas.
- Dispensing of beer or wine at university student events must be performed by Towson University employees or a third-party vendor hired by the organization through the University Union. At least one certified alcohol beverage provider will be present at each distribution point.
- Under no circumstances may a group purchase alcohol to be distributed free of charge to its members or guests.
- Drinking contests are not allowed.
- Student groups must demonstrate compliance with any policies and/or procedures from any national/international/governing groups with which they are affiliated.
- Closed student organization parties must comply with university policies and state/local laws and must maintain the university’s system of identification for patrons of legal drinking age during the events.
- The associate vice president for Campus Life has the authority to restrict the quantity of alcoholic beverages ordered, to review the method of distribution and to assure compliance with regulations for management of the space regarding the number of persons attending an event.
- Any minor found consuming alcoholic beverages, or patron of legal age supplying alcohol to a minor, will have their identification information recorded, be removed from the event and will be forwarded to the Office of Student Conduct and Civility Education. Non-students may face criminal charges as well as being removed from the event.
- Violations may result in suspension or cancellation of the event or denial of future reservation privileges. Violators will be dealt with through the university judicial system, and may be subject to criminal prosecution.
- Patrons involved in fights, or those who damage facilities or equipment or act in an otherwise disruptive manner, will be required to leave the event and the facility housing the event. Appropriate judicial action may be taken.
- Under no circumstances will patrons deemed intoxicated or under the influence of alcohol be served alcoholic beverages, nor will intoxicated patrons be allowed admission to an event.
Alcohol Advertising Policy
Towson University prohibits the promotion or advertising of alcohol products, including brand names, logos or mascots. Advertising with brand names from products such as malt beverages, beer and wine products is therefore prohibited. All on-campus advertising (for any on- or off-campus event or activity) which advertises the availability of alcohol for any event or activity must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Advertisements may not have alcohol as their main focus, nor may alcohol be the main focus of the event or activity.
- All advertisements, fliers and materials must state that all individuals shall be of legal drinking age to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.
- Those producing advertisements are encouraged to use the Towson University “Think Before You Drink” logo on the advertisement.
- All such advertising must be approved by the associate vice president for Campus Life or designee.