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Overview

The Alcohol Policy Task Force was created to examine and provide input on the University’s alcohol policy, with the intention of providing recommendations to improve the alcohol policy in relation to best practices, safety, and the overall campus environment.

The Alcohol Policy Task Force will review research and best practices, policies at peer and aspirant institutions, and consult the University community, constituents, and subject-matter experts to shape its process. Using these resources, the Task Force will provide recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life and the Chancellor’s Senior Leadership Team for review and possible adoption.

The Alcohol Policy Task Force will strive to remain transparent throughout its process, with the ultimate goal of presenting appropriate recommendations for modification of the campus alcohol policies to maintain a safe campus environment in alignment with best practices.

More about the Alcohol Policy Task Force

  • Why is there an Alcohol Policy Task Force and what will it do?
    Within the past several years, there have been myriad conversations concerning the University’s alcohol policy with both campus and community partners. The Alcohol Policy Task Force was created to provide an opportunity for broad input on the University’s alcohol policy, with the intention of the task force providing recommendations to improve the alcohol policy in relation to best practices, safety, and overall campus environment.The recommendations of the Alcohol Policy Task Force will be provided to the Vice Chancellor for Student Life, who in turn will provide the information to the Chancellor’s Senior Leadership Team at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK) for review, consideration and possible adoption.The UTK Alcohol Policy Task Force is charged with the following:

    1. Review and analyze current alcohol policies and procedures at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
    2. Review and evaluate peer and aspirant institution alcohol policies and procedures.
    3. Identify best practices for alcohol policies.
    4. Conduct interviews/hearings/listening sessions to gather feedback and information from impacted groups and individuals.
    5. Host an open forum, where individuals can provide feedback, express support or concern, and present information on the impact of a potential change in policy.
    6. Based on the understanding of the campus community feedback and input, environmental factors, legal limitations, and potential impact of any policy change, the task force will develop recommendations for change in the campus alcohol policy.

    * It should be noted that the Alcohol Policy Task Force is not responsible for developing an implementation plan for any potential changes in University policy.

  • What are the University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s current alcohol policies?
    The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s Alcohol Policy Task Force is intended to provide feedback on the current alcohol policy at the University, which states:

    “University regulations prohibit all student organizations from serving or permitting the consumption, possession, or display of any alcoholic beverage or containers at any time, or by anyone on university premises. Student organization officers are responsible for refusing admission to their social gatherings of persons under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Student organizations sponsoring any social affair are responsible for its general decorum.”

    The Student Code of Conduct prohibits students and student organizations from consuming, manufacturing, possessing, distributing, dispensing, selling, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages on University-controlled property or in connection with a University-affiliated activity. (Source: Hilltopics, Campus Policy & Procedures)

    The Standards of Conduct (in the current Code of Conduct) related to Alcohol state:

    SECTION 4.18 ALCOHOL RELATED CONDUCT– UNIVERSITY PROPERTY OR UNIVERSITY ACTIVITIES. Consuming, manufacturing, possessing, distributing, dispensing, selling, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages on University-controlled property or in connection with a University-affiliated activity unless expressly permitted by University policy.

    SECTION 4.19 ALCOHOL RELATED CONDUCT PROHIBITED BY LAW. Consuming, manufacturing, possessing, distributing, dispensing, selling, or being under the influence of alcoholic beverages, if prohibited by federal, state, or local law.

    SECTION 4.20 PROVIDING ALCOHOL TO UNDERAGE PERSON. Providing an alcoholic beverage to a person younger than twenty-one (21) years of age, unless permitted by law. (Source: Hilltopics, Student Code of Conduct)

  • Who sits on the Alcohol Policy Task Force?
    The membership of the Alcohol Policy Task Force has been appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Life in consultation with the following constituency groups:
    1. Students
    2. Faculty
    3. Academic Deans
    4. Staff
    5. Alumni
    6. Community Members
    7. Administrators
  • What is the Alcohol Policy Task Force’s process for providing recommendations to the Chancellor and University Leadership?
    In order to accomplish the above charge, the Alcohol Policy Task Force will follow the process below to evaluate the current alcohol policy at UTK.

    1. Solicit written feedback on the existing alcohol policy from individuals across campus. This written feedback should include: the individual’s thoughts on the current policy, proposed changes to the current policy, and any potential impacts (positive or negative) of the proposed changes;
    2. Following the public comment period, the task force will review submitted comments;
    3. In addition to the opportunity for the provision of written feedback, there will be an opportunity for verbal commenting. The task force will be responsible for conducting a listening session(s) on campus, which will include meeting with various individuals, groups, and organizations to discuss the alcohol policy and proposed changes. An open forum will also be conducted to allow for any interested individuals to provide feedback; and,
    4. Upon consideration of both written and verbal feedback, research, and benchmarking, the Task Force will draft a report that includes any recommendations concerning the campus alcohol policy. This report should include a brief summary of the feedback gathered, recommendations for consideration, and a summary of the potential impact of the recommendations presented in the report.In an effort to be informative and transparent throughout the process, a website will be created for individuals to submit comments and information as well as to receive Task Force updates.
  • When will the Alcohol Policy Task Force carry out its research and provide its recommendations?
    The Alcohol Policy Task Force will meet as often as deemed necessary to accomplish the purpose outlined above. The final report of the Task Force will be released publicly and will be accessible to the University community via the aforementioned website.The Task Force anticipates beginning solicitation of public input in the Spring 2018 semester.

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