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Policy VI-LL: Policy on Alcohol Usage

  1. INTRODUCTION

The San Jacinto College District (the “College”) is designated as an alcohol-free campus. The possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited in classroom buildings, laboratories, auditoriums, library buildings, offices, athletic facilities, and all other College property, except as may be authorized in this policy.

This policy applies to all employees, students, visitors, volunteers, contractors, and vendors. This policy also applies to individuals and groups that rent or lease College facilities.

  1. DEFINITION

 “College property” means property, whether indoors or outdoors, located within the State of Texas that is owned, operated, leased, occupied, or controlled by the College. For purposes of the General Policy on Alcohol, this includes but is not limited to all buildings, structures, sidewalks, parking lots, walkways, and attached parking structures owned or controlled by the College.

  1. GENERAL POLICY

The possession or consumption of alcohol is prohibited on all College property. However, the Chancellor is authorized to permit the use, serving, or consumption of alcohol for persons aged 21 and over as follows:

a) At designated College facilities as part of a specifically defined and approved academic curricular program or class, e.g., Culinary Arts;

b) At official events sponsored by the College;

c) At special fund-raising functions for the College sponsored by the College’s Foundation; or

d) At events sponsored by 501(c) organizations and/or not-for-profit community service organizations. The events must serve a charitable, civic, or educational purpose. Such organizations must agree to the terms in the College’s facilities rental agreement. In addition to describing the event and any limitations placed on the event, the rental agreement shall address the following:

i. The organizers of such events will be required to provide proof of liability insurance. The College shall require a certificate of insurance coverage with a reputable insurance company authorized by the State of Texas. The facilities rental agreement shall contain a hold harmless and indemnification provision that requires the organizers of the event to be solely responsible for damage to property or injury or death to persons related to the consumption of alcohol.

ii. Alcohol will be allowed and consumed only in the facility identified in the facilities rental agreement and not in restrooms, parking lots, or other areas of campus. Additionally, only authorized individuals are permitted to deliver alcoholic beverages onto the premises or remove them from the premises at the conclusion of the event.

iii. Cash bars are not permitted except in strict conformity with the rules and regulations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.

4. Compliance and Enforcement

Federal law, state law, and local ordinances shall be strictly enforced at all times on all property owned, leased, or controlled by the College in regards to the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. All parties serving alcoholic beverages must comply with the contractual obligations specified in any facility rental agreement, College policy, local ordinances, the rules and regulations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, laws of the State of Texas, and federal law, including but not limited to the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act.

Policy #:

VI-LL

Policy Name:

Policy on Alcohol Usage

Pages:

2

Adopted Date:

August 4, 2014

Revision/Reviewed Date:

 

Effective Date:

August 5, 2014

Associated Procedure: