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.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Possession and use of alcohol by an individual under 21 years of age is against the law and prohibited on USF property.
- Providing alcohol to an individual younger than 21 years of age is illegal and will not be tolerated.
- USF may notify the parents of students under the age of 21 who are charged with alcohol violations.
- No student or employee is to report to work/class while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, including prescription drugs not prescribed to you.
- All individuals at a USF System event where alcohol is being served must be able to provide a valid USF System identification card and another legal form of identification which indicates birth date.
- Consumption of alcohol on USF System campuses is limited to approved events and areas designated.
- The only alcoholic beverages that may be possessed or consumed at campus events are those alcoholic beverages that are served by the sponsor at the event.
- Alcoholic beverages may not be consumed or served at USF System Intramural Sports contests.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages and/or possession of open alcoholic containers by those of age are strictly prohibited in public areas.
- Housing residents 21 and older may possess and consume alcohol only within the strict confines of their room or apartment. Carefully read the Housing and Residential Education policies.
- Progressive drinking parties are not allowed due to the prohibition of consumption or possession of alcoholic containers in public areas, potential for noise violations, and potential for illegal consumption.
- Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life has a specific set of policies related to the service and consumption of alcohol. If you are in a fraternity or sorority, you should familiarize yourself with the applicable guidelines.
- You must get prior approval and complete the necessary form 2 weeks prior to hosting an event at which alcohol is served.
- USF policy permits the sale and service of alcohol under guidelines consistent with the USF Alcohol Policy (30-023), Student Code of Conduct, and other relevant guidelines contained on this webpage.
- It is important to note, that any event that includes the service of alcohol must be approved in advance. The required form can be submitted online >
- Any student event, must be approved by the appropriate authority in the Marshall Student Center. All faculty and/or staff events must be approved by the appropriate Vice President, Dean or designee using the Event Approval Form above.
If you have questions about the requirements of this policy you may contact any of the following:
- General Questions:Amy Gatto, Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org .
- General Student Event Questions:Sujit Chemburkar, Director, Marshall Student Center at email@example.com
- Greek Village Student Event Questions:Josh Brown, Student Programs Coordinator, Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Faculty/Staff Event Questions: Tonia Suber, Assistant Director, Employee Relations at email@example.com
Help is available for anyone struggling with alcohol or drug abuse. Here are some local resources:
- Students: The Counseling Center -
- Faculty/Staff: Employee Assistance Program -
- Community Treatment Resource Referral: Crisis Center of Tampa Bay - http://www.crisiscenter.com
- Alcoholics Anonymous: http://164fl.com/
- Classroom Educational Presentations: Amy Gatto, Alcohol & Other Drug Prevention Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Coalition Against Drug Abuse: http://drugabuse.com/library/drug-abuse-policy/