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Alcohol Procedures and Requirements




The sale, service, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages shall comply with sate and federal laws, city and county ordinances, and the licensing agreement with on-campus distributors, which allow for sale and service of alcoholic beverages.In the interest of the health and safety, the University of North Florida has adopted the following procedures governing the sale, service and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus.



  1. Alcoholic beverages may be sold, served and consumed at approved events and locations as an amenity to a well-planned and structured program, not as an essential program element.
  2. Alcoholic beverages will not be sold to, served or consumed by persons under 21 years of age.
  3. The consumption of alcoholic beverages must be approved by the Vice President of the sponsoring organization or higher-level official, space owner (when applicable), the University Police Department and Environmental Health and Safety. Approval should be documented using the Alcoholic Beverage approval form.
  4. The University Police Department will determine if a uniformed officer, or a substitute approved by the University Police Chief, must be present during the function.  In such cases, the University Police Department may assess a charge to the sponsoring group.

  5. A person or persons must be designated as the server(s) and the alcoholic beverages(s) must be placed in such a manner that access is restricted except through the designated server.  Chartwells and Mayes Food Service are contracted for these services and must be contacted for their right of first refusal before soliciting any other servers. The designated server must be insured and licensed to serve alcohol and be able to:

    1. Abstain from consuming alcoholic beverages during the event,

    2. Verify those allowed to consume alcoholic beverages are of legal drinking age, and 

    3. Monitor attendees for signs and symptoms of over-consumption of alcoholic beverages.

    4. Discontinue service of alcoholic beverages to those displaying symptoms of over-consumption.

  6. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold, served or consumed at any social event held in conjunction with fraternity rush or other event designed to recruit students on campus. 
  7. Food and nonalcoholic beverages must be available at the same place as the alcoholic beverages and featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.  A sufficient amount of non-salty, non-“snack” food must also be available.

  8. The faculty/staff advisor of a student organization must be present throughout the duration of an event where alcoholic beverages are consumed.

  9.  Advertising (including flyers, ads, notices, posters, banners, etc.) must note the availability of nonalcoholic beverages and food as prominently as the alcoholic beverages and shall not make reference to the variety or quantity of alcoholic beverages available at the event. Advertising proofs should be submitted with the alcoholic beverage approval form.

  10. The sale of alcoholic beverages on campus is restricted to approved areas and by licensed, insured entities. Event sponsors are prohibited from charging for alcoholic beverages directly or indirectly without the required state license and insurance.  

  11. The sale of alcoholic beverages, without further authorization, is restricted to the following locations: 

    1. The Boathouse - Student Union 

    2. Ballrooms - Student Union 

    3. Amphitheater - Student Union

    4. Fine Arts Center - except classrooms

    5. Adam Herbert University Center

    6. Harmon Stadium 

    7. Hodges Stadium

    8. Talon Room - Osprey Commons

    9. UNF Arena

    10. UNF Field House 

    11. Golf Complex at the Hyat Learning Center

  12. Alcoholic beverages purchased in the above listed facilities must be consumed within those respective facilities. 

  13. Alcoholic beverages may be consumed in parking lots during tailgating events, limited to 4 hours before and 1 hour after the event.

  14. When an approved facility promotes a reduced-price alcoholic beverage, there shall be comparable reductions in the prices of non-alcoholic beverages during such event or period of time. Facilities permitted to sell alcoholic beverages are prohibited from doing so in a manner than promotes excessive or rapid consumption. Examples include, but are not limited to: “all you can drink”, multiple alcoholic beverages for the price of one, free or discounted drinks for certain segments of the population. 

  15. Alcoholic Beverage may not be sold, served or consumed in the following locations:

    1. Robert W. Loftin Nature Trails

    2. Lake Oneida

    3. Osprey Challenge Course

    4. Sawmill Slough Preserve

    5. Osprey Landing, Osprey Cove, Osprey Crossings, Osprey Hall