Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Alcohol Policy
For purposes of this policy, alcohol is defined as beer and wine only. Distilled spirits are expressly prohibited at student social activities and events and in the residence halls or in Greek chapter houses.


Millikin University acknowledges that there are activities attended by students where alcohol may be consumed. So that these activities may be reasonably governed and in order to promote responsible conduct with respect to alcohol consumption, this policy is established to conform with federal and state laws and in keeping with the mission of Millikin University. This policy is designed: to encourage a philosophy of moderation with respect to the use and consumption of alcohol; to encourage the individual to consider the potential consequences of alcohol use; to cultivate an environment in which choosing not to consume alcohol is socially acceptable; to prohibit intoxication and discourage the thoughtless use of alcohol; and to limit the use and role of alcohol so that it is not the prime focus of campus life or social activities.

The University deplores the abuse of alcohol, intoxication, and unacceptable conduct that may result therefrom. Excessive drinking and intoxication will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action (sanctions). Students who choose to consume alcohol will be held fully responsible for their behavior while under the influence of this drug. Loss of control due to intoxication in no way excuses or justifies violation of any University policy, federal, state, or local laws, or the rights of others. For purposes of this policy, "intoxication" is defined as having a blood alcohol content of .08% or more, and/or offensive, disruptive, destructive, hazardous, and/or vulgar conduct during or following the consumption of alcohol.

Millikin University holds its students and the officers of student organizations responsible for the observance of state and federal laws with respect to alcoholic beverages. These laws prohibit consumption of alcoholic beverages by anyone under 21 years of age. These laws also make it unlawful to sell, purchase, deliver, or furnish alcoholic beverages to anyone under 21 years of age, or to an intoxicated person; to consume them in a public place; or to misrepresent one's age to obtain alcoholic beverages. Further, it is unlawful for anyone 21 years of age or older, except a parent or guardian, to sell or furnish alcoholic beverages to anyone under the age of 21 (Illinois Law: 235ILCS5/6-16. Federal Law: Drug Free Schools and Communities Act, 1990)

A University-wide commitment to alcohol education exists. The use and abuse of, and dependence on, alcoholic beverages is an issue that is of concern to Millikin University as well as society at large. To this end, education becomes the responsibility of the entire campus community and includes an individual's peers and any student organization sponsoring an event where alcohol may be consumed. Any student organization that intends to conduct activities where alcohol may be consumed will be required to:

1. Have its president and social chairperson attend a University-sponsored alcohol education seminar prior to holding such activities

2. Conduct a University-approved alcohol education seminar for its entire membership at least once a semester. Further, members of the University community are assured that the absence of alcohol from social events is an acceptable practice.

Policy Statements

1. Possession, use, or serving of alcohol by persons under 21 years of age is prohibited.

2. Furnishing alcohol to persons who are under 21 years of age is prohibited.

3. Being intoxicated in public or a public area and/or being disorderly or destructive during or following the consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

4. The sale of alcohol without a license is prohibited. "Sale" includes charging admission to any activity where alcohol is served, even if the beverage is provided free of charge to those who have gained admission after paying an admission fee.

5. Misrepresenting one's age for the purpose of purchasing or consuming alcohol is prohibited (this includes, but is not limited to, the use of false identification).

6. Those of legal drinking age (21 years of age and older) may possess, consume, or serve alcohol in the following University locations:

a. Inside residence hall rooms and private apartments of students who are of legal drinking age

b. On fraternity and sorority premises, but only in accordance with the respective national organization policies, University policies, and federal, state, and local laws

c. In other areas, by permission of the University President's Office

7. Kegs (including cooler balls) or any other common or "community" sources of alcohol distribution in University residence halls, fraternities, sororities, and apartments are prohibited.

8. Alcohol drinking contests shall not be included in any social event or activity.

9. Alcohol shall not be served at formal membership recruitment functions (fraternity/sorority rush, department clubs, athletic teams, and special interest groups).

10. The University Alcohol Policy applies to all Millikin University students, guests, and employees during the time they are on campus or at student-sponsored events.

11. Neither Millikin University's name, logo, nor the names of organizations affiliated with the University may be used with any commercial sponsorship relating to alcohol: i.e. beer distributors, bars, or beverage companies.

12. Student organizations may sponsor off-campus events at which alcohol (beer and wine) are sold and/or offered for consumption; however, such events must be registered with and approved by the director of student programs.

13. Other off-campus events that imply or express University affiliation are bound by this policy.


1. All events where alcohol may be consumed, whether held on or off-campus, are to be properly registered with the Director of Inclusion and Student Engagement (lower level of Richards Treat University Center). A completed registration form must be submitted to the director of student programs at least 72 hours prior to the activity. Registration of an activity does not constitute University approval of the activity. Parties confined to the individual residence hall rooms of students that do not affect the immediate environs or the larger community need not be registered.

2. Since many individuals choose not to consume alcohol, at any function where alcohol is served, the sponsoring organization must also provide non-alcoholic beverages in sufficient quantity to meet the needs of attendees to the activity. Likewise, a variety of non-salty foods is required and must be available to all guests throughout the activity.

3. Publicizing activities where alcohol may be consumed must be done in such a way as to bring credit to the sponsoring organization and the University. Such publicity must focus on the purpose of the activity and not on the availability of alcohol. The director of student programs must approve such publicity.

4. At any activity where alcohol may be consumed, legal proof of age must be presented to those in charge of the event and/or alcohol distribution.

5. At any activity where alcohol may be consumed, University approved security must be present. The Director of Inclusion and Student Engagement and the Director of Security will assist organizations in securing security officers. The sponsoring organization will be responsible for the costs of the security officer(s) attending the function. Specific procedures and guidelines for security at registered events are available in the office of student programs.

6. Student organizations that sponsor activities where alcohol may be consumed may have only Millikin University students and their invited guests in attendance. Millikin University students must present a valid MU identification card to gain admission to the event. An official guest list must be attached to the registration form submitted to the director of student programs.


1. Alleged violations of this policy by individuals or groups will be referred to the appropriate office and governed by the appropriate disciplinary procedures.

2. All alleged violations by organizations will be reported to their University and non-University governing body if applicable.

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Richards Treat University Center
1184 West Main Street
Decatur, IL 62522
Phone: 217.424.6335
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Millikin University - Decatur, IL
Millikin University - Decatur, IL