95.31 - Alcohol

September 30, 2010

A. General. This section outlines state, municipal, and university provisions regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

B. Legal Provisions. Under Idaho law it is illegal for any person under 21 years of age to purchase or attempt to purchase, or otherwise procure, possess, or consume beer, wine, or other alcoholic or intoxicating liquor. It is also illegal to sell, serve, give, or furnish beer, wine, or other alcoholic or intoxicating liquor to a person under the age of 21. Because the main university campus is within Moscow city limits, city beverage ordinances, which conform closely to state law, also apply on the campus and are enforced by the city police. [ed. 9-10]

C. Regents Policy. It is a violation of regents' policy for any member of the faculty, staff, or student body to jeopardize the academic operation or interests of the university through the use of alcohol or drugs. Sale or illegal possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on campus and in facilities owned, leased, or operated by the university. Alcoholic beverages may not be possessed or consumed under any circumstances in areas open to and most commonly used by the general public. These areas include, but are not limited to, lounges, student union buildings, recreation rooms, conference rooms, athletic facilities, and other public areas of university-owned buildings or grounds. Students who violate this policy are subject to sanctions established by the Student Code of Conduct [see FSH 2300 VIII]. Guests and visitors must observe these regulations while on campus or other the university property. Noncompliance may subject a person to sanctions imposed by the university as well as to the provisions of local and state law. [ed. 9-10]

C-1. University Entertainment Guidelines. The university recognizes the need for official entertainment. Expenses for official entertainment, community relations, or public relations may be reimbursed by the university only when such activities are directly related to the objectives and mission of the university. With proper approval, consumption of alcoholic beverages may be permitted in certain situations. Please see APM 70.21 for proper procedures to follow for university entertainment reimbursement.

D. University’s Role. The university does not condone or remain indifferent to any act or conduct that impairs the pursuit or dissemination of knowledge or that may be judged to have a deleterious effect upon the academic community. The university's primary role in dealing with matters involving the use or potential use of drugs or alcohol by its students is that of counseling. The investigatory, prosecuting, and disciplinary roles relating to illegal drug and alcohol use are the responsibility of law-enforcement authorities. [ed. 9-10]

E. Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center. The university seeks the cooperation of the faculty, staff, students, and the general public in observing the policy that disposable bottles, cans, and other hard containers are not to be brought into the Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center. Patrons carrying nondisposable or soft containers may expect that gatekeepers will ensure that alcohol rules are not violated. [ed. 9-10]

F. Information. For further information contact General Counsel (208) 885-6125 or Risk Management Office (208) 885-7177. [ed. 9-10]