Alcohol Policy Information & Resources

What do I need to know about the drug and alcohol policy?


Where can I go for help with these policies?


Can I serve alcohol at my event?


How can I get help for drug or alcohol related issues?



In order to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of all members of the University of South Florida System (USF System) community, this policy provides guidelines regarding the consumption and sale of alcoholic beverages on USF System* campuses.


As an open public university, the USF System does not prohibit the legal consumption of alcohol on its campuses. We recognize that as part of a well-planned and structured program, the serving and consumption of alcohol may take place. Therefore, the intent of this policy is to establish guidelines and procedures for the legal and responsible use of alcohol.


This Website provides information and resources regarding USF alcohol and drug policies.


While the alcohol policy applies to the entire USF System, some of the guidelines and forms on this Website are unique to USF Tampa. Please check with your local Student Affairs Office for specifics related to other system campuses.

What is an Event?

An event is a function on a USF system campus which is either publicized, open to the general public or broader campus community, or which may include people under the age of 21.


Small departmental or unit functions which are not open to the public or broader campus community, are not widely publicized, or do not include people under the age of 21, would not be considered an event under this policy and an approval process is not required.


If you are uncertain about whether you need to obtain approval, you are encouraged to check with your Dean or Vice President.