Lawrence Technological University prohibits the use of alcohol when its use is inconsistent with state, local, or University regulations. It is the goal of the University to establish and sustain an environment on campus that is conducive to the intellectual, emotional, and social growth of all the members of its community. Lawrence Technological University has established the following policy governing the possession, sale, and consumption of alcoholic beverages on the University’s campus. It is the University’s goal through these policies and programs to encourage members of its community to make responsible decisions and to promote safe, legal, and healthy patterns of social interaction.

The University shall implement and enforce the laws of the state of Michigan as stated in the Michigan Liquor Control Code of 1998 as amended. It is the responsibility of each student, staff, and faculty member to familiarize himself or herself with the appropriate sections of the code and the provisions of this policy and to conduct one’s self in a responsible manner.

The Michigan Liquor Control Code includes the following statements:

1. A person who has not reached the age of 21 years shall not possess any alcoholic beverage for the purpose of personal consumption.

2. A person shall not sell or give any alcoholic beverage to any person who has not reached the age of 21 years.

While persons of legal age, under the laws of Michigan, may consume alcoholic beverages, students are subject to disciplinary action for the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas or for drunken or irresponsible behavior resulting therefrom. Lawrence Tech defines public areas as areas that are readily accessible to students, faculty, staff, and guests on the campus. Examples of spaces considered public are lobbies, lounges, recreational areas, classrooms, building corridors, offices, and campus grounds.

The University permits alcoholic beverages on campus as part of the operation of licensed University facilities and for some social events. The University deplores the misuse and abuse of alcohol. Alcohol consumption will not be considered an excuse for misconduct. Violation of University policies may result in disciplinary action. In addition, such matters may be reported by the University to appropriate law enforcement authorities. Violators will be subject to penalties, which may include separation from the University or mandatory referral for treatment.

At events at which alcohol is served and in University facilities in which it is served, operators and event sponsors are responsible for complying with the laws of the state of Michigan, ordinances of the city of Southfield, and all policies of Lawrence Technological University. The provost, through the dean of students or designee, is responsible for administering the University alcohol policy. The provost or dean of students or designee will approve in advance all events in licensed facilities or events held on or in unlicensed University premises at which alcohol is served and, if deemed necessary, impose additional conditions and restrictions on a sponsoring organization and on events. The sponsoring organization should be prepared to provide in writing information pertaining to the purpose of the activity, number of participants, location, and whether the activity is public or private.

A. Procedures for Specific Facilities

    Policies and procedures for specific University facilities may be in place. Such facilities include but are not limited to residence halls, Campus Dining facilities, Professional Development Center facilities, and the University Technology and Learning Center. Such policies must be consistent with University policy.

B. Events Held on Campus

    The use of alcohol at events held on the Lawrence Technological University campus is governed by the following regulations:

1. The sponsoring organization, department, or approved user of facilities will oversee adherence to the alcohol policy, assume responsibility for the event, and control and supervise the distribution of alcoholic beverages in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and policies.

2. Campus Safety officers must regularly patrol the location of an event where alcohol is served unless this duty is determined by the director of Campus Safety to be unnecessary.

3. No one under the age of 21 is permitted to possess, serve, or consume any alcoholic beverages. At any event where alcoholic beverages are served and/or sold, approval for the event will be based upon the age of the event participants as well as the nature of the event. For example, an event at which the majority of participants are under the age of 21 will not have alcoholic beverages available for consumption. However, a designated, physically defined, monitored area may be utilized for those of legal age if approved in advance.

4. All sale/use of alcoholic beverages on University property will be monitored by and subject to inspection by University officials.

5. No person will possess or be served alcoholic beverages without proof of legal age. Persons responsible for the sale of alcohol at permitted events must be of legal age to sell.

6. Events where alcoholic beverages are used, served, and/or sold shall not have alcohol or the consumption of alcohol as the theme. No element of an event where alcohol will be used, served, and/or sold shall encourage, in any manner, the consumption of alcohol.

7. Use of alcoholic beverages must not be detrimental to the environment or to health and safety.

8. No servers of alcohol may be permitted to consume alcoholic beverages while serving nor shall they be permitted to serve while intoxicated. Intoxicated people will not be served nor permitted to possess alcoholic beverages.

9. At all events where alcohol is used, served, and/or sold, non-alcoholic beverages and unsalted foods must be made available in quantity sufficient for the number of guests. All food should be visible and available.

10. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted to be sold or used prior to noon. For an event lasting three hours or more, sale or service must stop 45 minutes prior to the end of the event.

11. Under no circumstances may any alcoholic beverage be permitted to leave the approved area of the event. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into the event by an individual when alcoholic beverages are being served and/or sold by event organizers.

12. Outdoor Events

    In addition to the above, the following will hold for outdoor events:

a. The area in which the outdoor event is held must be defined by physical barriers (e.g., snow fence).

b. Bottles, cans, kegs, etc., may not be brought into the event area and/or alcohol serving area.

c. The sale of alcoholic beverages or tickets for alcoholic beverages must end no less than 60 minutes before the end of the outdoor event. If tickets are sold, the redemption of tickets and distribution of such beverages must end no less than 45 minutes before the scheduled end of the outdoor event.

13. Student organizations considering sponsoring events at which alcohol is sold must, before taking action, consult with the appropriate administrative offices (Dean of Students, University Housing, Student Engagement, Campus Facilities) and abide by the relevant administrative decisions and University regulations. Alcohol/punch-type parties (e.g., hairy buffaloes, drinks made with Everclear) beer bongs, and party bongs are prohibited. All required University permits and event forms must be submitted to appropriate University officials no later than 10 days before the event.