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Alcohol Guidelines


The sale, service, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on University property shall comply with state and federal laws, city and county ordinances, University of North Florida policy and regulation, and the licensing agreements with on-campus distributors, which allow for sale and service of alcoholic beverages in specified locations. In the interest of health and safety, the University has adopted the following guidelines governing the sale, service, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus.


  1. Alcoholic beverages may not be sold, served, possessed or consumed in the following locations:
    1. Parking lots and parking garages
    2. Osprey Landing, Osprey Cove, Osprey Crossings, Osprey Hall
    3. Robert W. Loftin Nature Trails
    4. Lake Oneida
    5. Osprey Challenge Course
    6. Sawmill Slough Preserve
  2. Events hosted by, in conjunction with, or planned for students are prohibited from the sale, service, possession and consumption of alcohol.
  3. Alcoholic beverages will not be sold to, served to, possessed or consumed by persons under 21 years of age.
  4. Further approval for the sale, service, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is not required for non-student events at the following locations: 
    1. Student Union – Boathouse, Ballrooms
    2. Fine Arts Center - except classrooms
    3. Adam Herbert University Center
    4. Harmon Stadium 
    5. Hodges Stadium
    6. Talon Room - Osprey Commons
    7. UNF Arena
    8. Golf Complex at the Hayt Learning Center
    9. Museum of Contemporary Art
  5. In locations other than those listed in paragraph 1, alcoholic beverages may be sold, served, possessed and consumed at approved events and locations as an amenity to a well-planned and structured program, not as an essential program element.
  6. Donor events hosted by University Development and Alumni Engagement are exempt from alcoholic beverage event approval guidelines.
  7. With the exception of paragraphs 4 and 6 above, the organizer or sponsor of an event involving alcohol must complete an Alcoholic Beverage Approval Form  two weeks prior to the event. The facilities use agreement or reservation form, whichever applicable, outlines the approval process for the use of University property and must be completed in full prior to the event as well.
  8. 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.
  9. Only a licensed vendor is permitted to sell or serve alcoholic beverages at an approved event. For on campus events, excluding the Golf Complex at Hayt Learning Center, Chartwells or Mayes Food Service must be contacted for their right of first refusal before soliciting any other licensed vendors. The designated vendor 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 monitor attendees for signs and symptoms of over-consumption of alcoholic beverages.
    3. Discontinue service of alcoholic beverages to those displaying symptoms of over-consumption.
  10. Food and nonalcoholic beverages must be available at the same place as the alcoholic beverages and featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages. 
  11. Event 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 refer to the variety or quantity of alcoholic beverages available at the event. Events will not advertise or serve alcoholic beverages in a manner that promotes excessive or rapid consumption, including but not limited to: “all you can drink,” multiple alcoholic beverages for the price of one, free or discounted. Advertising proofs must be submitted with the alcoholic beverage approval form. All advertisement must comply with UNF Signage Policy, 5.0100P and must have an approved advertising promotional marketing materials form.