755  Alcoholic Beverages

Approved by President
Effective Date: June 5, 2017
Responsible Division:  Business and Finance
Responsible Office:  Business and Finance
Responsible Officer:  Vice President, Business and Finance

I.  Purpose

The serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages at approved events is to be an amenity to well-planned and structured programs; it is not to be the indispensable and essential program element. This policy sets out the conditions and considerations under which alcohol may or may not be served.

II.  Applicability

Consumption of alcohol on the Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU or University) campus is limited to approved events and areas designated by the President. The President is authorized to, and may from time to time, designate a place on property owned or controlled by the University where alcoholic beverages may be served by alumni and foundation organizations at a function or event sponsored by said organization.

III. Definitions

A.  Designated Area. The specific area in which the consumption of alcoholic beverages has been approved.

B.  Sale. Any transfer, trade, exchange, or barter, in any manner or by any means, for consideration, including but not limited to, requiring fees or purchase of tickets for admission to the area or an event at which alcoholic beverages will be served.

IV.  Request to Serve Alcohol

Organizers and sponsors of events where alcoholic beverages will be served must submit an approved Application for Use of Facilities Form along with an Approval to Serve Alcohol on Campus Form to the President’s Office within two (2) weeks prior to the event.

V.  Conditions for the Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages

Designated areas where consumption of alcohol beverages may be permitted shall not be in classrooms, labs, faculty or administrative offices, residence halls, student dining halls, student gathering areas, outdoor public areas, or athletic facilities accessible to the public. Furthermore, the use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages by students are prohibited on property owned or controlled by the University. However, this policy shall not be construed as prohibiting the use of alcoholic beverages in academic coursework where said beverages are not consumed but are used solely in the tasting process in a manner consistent with state law. T.C.A. § 57-4-109.

Alcohol will not be permitted at events where the target audience consists mainly of students.

The sale of alcoholic beverages at the designated area is prohibited. 

No state funds nor state accounts can be used to purchase alcoholic beverages except as equipment and supplies for approved academic programs.

The President may limit the length of the event, the amount of alcohol to be served, the nature of the event, and the number and age of the anticipated participants attending.

Food and non-alcoholic beverages must also be served concurrently with the serving of alcoholic beverages at the event. Adequate proportions of these items will be considered as criteria for event approval.

The only alcoholic beverages that may be possessed or consumed at campus events are those alcoholic beverages that are served at the event. Furthermore, alcoholic beverages served at an event must be consumed within the facility or area designated for the event.

The sponsoring group is responsible for identifying an individual to be present at the event who will be responsible for ensuring that the event complies with this policy and all applicable state and local laws regarding the serving of alcohol.

Exceptions to this policy can be made at the discretion of the President.


Application for Use of Facilities

Approval to Serve Alcohol on Campus


References: T.C.A. § 57-4-109.