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Alcohol and Drug Policies

In these documents, you will find policies and expectations regarding the use and possession of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs.  These policies apply to all faculty, staff, and students: 1) on University property; 2) at University-sponsored events; or 3) at events sponsored by University-recognized organizations.  The University recognizes its responsibility to provide educational and prevention programs, and also recognizes the importance of individual and group responsibility for compliance.  The University of Montana does not assume responsibility for individual acts and group activities.

The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 prohibits "the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of a controlled substance" in the workplace.  Personnel actions consistent with University policy and all applicable state and federal laws will be taken against any violator of this Act.

The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 prohibit, at a minimum, "the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees" on school and campus property or as part of any school or campus activity.  Standards that are more rigid than those required by this Act may be imposed.  Personnel and Student Conduct Code action will be taken against any violator of this Act.

University-Recognized Clubs, Organizations and Campus Events

University clubs, organizations, and campus events include, but are not limited to, sport groups, academic honoraries, athletic teams, ROTC, service organizations, sponsored parties, tailgate parties, dances, picnics, banquets, field trips, sponsored recreational events, and social functions. The possession, use, and consumption of alcoholic beverages by University-recognized clubs and organizations, and at campus events, must conform to local ordinances, state and federal laws, and policies established by the Board of Regents and The University of Montana.

  • All events, except for tailgate parties, held on University property that involve the service of alcoholic beverages must be scheduled with University Catering Services.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages or any indirect means of collecting money to pay for alcoholic beverages is prohibited unless a licensed vendor caters the event.
  • A licensed vendor or University Catering Services must be used for all events involving service of donated alcohol.
  • University Catering Services will charge appropriate fees for the service of donated alcohol.
  • Club or organizational funds may not be used to buy alcoholic beverages.

Each club or organization shall adhere to the University's alcohol risk management guidelines.

Off-Campus Use of Alcoholic Beverages by University-Recognized Student Organizations

A University-recognized student organization that sponsors any gathering, meeting, or other activity off campus that involves alcoholic beverages must meet the same requirements that apply to on-campus events, with the exception of the following privileges and restrictions.

  • A University-recognized student organization that sponsors an event involving alcoholic beverages off University property must have the event catered by a licensed vendor. If fifteen (15) or more persons attend the event, vendor approval by University Catering Services is not required.
  • A University-recognized student organization that sponsors an event involving alcoholic beverages off University property is not required to have the event catered by a licensed vendor if fourteen (14) or fewer persons attend the event. However, the sale of alcohol is prohibited unless a licensed vendor caters the event. Event participants may contribute funds to purchase alcoholic beverages for the event. Students who organize and participate in this type of an event assume the responsibility for serving alcohol and monitoring its use in accordance with local ordinances, state and federal laws, and Board of Regents and University of Montana policies.
  • University-recognized student organizations may not apply for a special permit from the State of Montana Liquor Division.
  • Student officers or officials must meet with the organization's faculty advisor to ensure their risk management plan adheres to University alcohol policies and risk management guidelines.

Violations of University alcohol regulations are also violations of The University of Montana Student Conduct Code. Violators are subject to disciplinary action pursuant to the Code. The University, including ASUM, may deny privileges to a student organization or impose other sanctions for alcohol violations.