Alcohol Policy Statement

 Nicholls State University strives to create an environment, which promotes and reinforces healthy, responsible living, within the context of its educational mission. To this end, and because of the risks to the health and safety of the individual and community, the University is opposed to the use and abuse of alcohol and any other drug for any purpose other than legitimate use.

The University is committed to upholding all local, state and federal laws concerning use and abuse of alcohol and other drugs, and will support efforts in the campus community to confront violations of these laws.

The following principles will guide the University’s policy regarding the use of alcohol and other drugs:

  1. Students, faculty and staff are expected to take full responsibility for their own choices and behavior.
  2. Abstinence is encouraged and respected in all circumstances.
  3. Activities and functions without the consumption of alcohol are to be promoted.
  4. The campus food service contractor is the licensed vendor for alcoholic beverages on the Nicholls campus. The serving and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages will not be allowed at events open to the public.
  5. Heavy consumption of alcohol and use of all drugs are discouraged.
  6. Assistance for alcohol and drug abusers is to be provided through education, counseling and referral. In conjunction with the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, all employees are notified that the illegal use, possession, dispensation, distribution, manufacture and/or sale of controlled substances are prohibited when employees are on official state business or on call for duty, whether on or off the work site. Failure to comply with policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including termination. By law it is the responsibility of all employees to notify Nicholls State University within five days if they are convicted of violating any criminal drug statute at the workplace, while on official state business or will on call for duty.

All student groups and/or organizations serving or permitting alcoholic beverages at any campus event must use the designated University food service contractor, for cash bar services.

Events serving alcoholic beverages must be approved by the appropriate University offices and then ordered through the designated University food service contractor at least one week prior to the event.

Any person who purchases or consumes alcoholic beverages shall be of legal age, 21 years old. Proof of age shall be required at the time of purchase, entry in to the event, or at any time of the event, including during consumption by authorized University or law enforcement officials.