4.31 Use of Alcoholic Beverages on College Property

(Adopted 12/8/2014)

The possession, use, or distribution of alcoholic beverages on property owned or leased by the College is strictly prohibited unless approved by the College President for unique and special events or in support of a program of study.  Approval must be granted by the President in advance for each event at which alcohol will be served, or for each program of study in which alcohol will be used or served.  The College President shall only approve the use or serving of alcohol at events sponsored by the College, East Central College Foundation, or in conjunction with the College’s related programs of study.

Procedures (Revised 12-5-2022)

4.31.1  Definitions

For purposes of this Policy, the following definitions apply:

Program of Study – An academic program leading to a degree or certificate.

Event – Any activity that is not solely related to instruction in an approved program of study and/or which includes participants other than students enrolled in, and faculty associated with, the program of study. Events may include but are not limited to receptions, meetings, or non-credit courses.

College Property – Buildings or grounds owned or leased by the College.

4.31.2  The College observes and enforces all applicable laws and regulations governing the sale, purchase, distribution, consumption, and possession of alcoholic beverages, and expects that all members of its community adhere to these laws and regulations both on and off campus.

4.31.3  The College complies with the requirements of the Drug Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (20 U.S.C. § 1011i), and the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. § 8101 et seq.).

4.31.4  When alcohol use is approved by the College President, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors are expected to observe and obey the laws of the state of Missouri, including but not limited to those which prohibit any person under the age of 21 from purchasing, attempting to purchase, possessing, or from being served any intoxicating beverage, and RSMo.311.325 (4), which pertains to college students enrolled in a culinary course.

4.31.5  Violations of applicable law and/or this Policy will be handled in accordance with applicable law enforcement or College disciplinary procedures.

4.31.6  The College President may approve the use of alcohol for a program of study upon the recommendation of the Chief Academic Officer. Such approval shall remain in force unless rescinded or modified by the President.

4.31.7  Requests to serve alcohol at events on College property must be submitted to the College President for consideration.  Requests must include information explaining the purpose of the proposed event, the identity of the entity serving the alcohol, as well as written affirmation that the event will comply with all applicable laws and licensing requirements. An approval request form shall be used for this purpose. A request to serve alcohol at an event shall be approved by the College President before the use of alcohol is permitted in accordance with this Policy.

4.31.8  The College and/or Foundation, as appropriate, shall acquire and maintain appropriate liability insurance coverage for events and/or programs that involve the use and/or serving of alcohol on College property.

4.31.9  Alcohol used in support of a related program of study shall be stored securely, and the use and/or serving of alcohol shall be supervised by appropriate faculty.

4.31.10  This Policy is designed to serve the educational purposes of related programs of study, and to ensure legal and responsible behavior regarding alcohol use when served on College property.