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Alcohol Policy

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Alcohol Policy

The University of Arkansas does not condone the illegal or otherwise irresponsible use of alcohol. Alcohol dependence is a progressive disorder in which both psychological and physical dependency can develop. The negative physical and mental effects of the abuse of alcohol are well documented. Even low doses of alcohol impair brain function, judgment, alertness, coordination, and reflexes. Very high doses cause suppression of respiration and death. Chronic and abusive use of alcohol can produce alcohol dependency, dementia, sexual impotence, cirrhosis of the liver, and heart disease. There is a high correlation between alcohol abuse and academic failure. Sudden withdrawal can produce severe anxiety, tremors, hallucinations, and life threatening convulsions.

Therefore, it is the responsibility of every member of the University community to know the risks associated with alcohol use and abuse. This responsibility obligates students and employees to know relevant University policies and federal, state, and local laws and to conduct themselves in accordance with these laws and policies.

In addition to student-athletes being subject to state law and university policy, the consumption of alcohol by student-athletes is prohibited in connection with any official intercollegiate team function. An official team function for purposes of this policy is defined as any activity which is held at the direction of or under the supervision of the team’s coaching staff (e.g. team dinner, recruiting, road trips, etc.). This prohibition applies to coaches and staff as well.

A student-athlete who consumes alcohol will be accountable for any alcohol related incident in which he or she is involved. In such cases, the student-athlete is subject to University, Men’s Department of Athletics and/or team disciplinary action.

If a student-athlete is involved in an alcohol related incident , the student-athlete will undergo an assessment for alcohol abuse by a Substance Abuse Counselor as soon as possible and no later than 7 days after notification. The Head Coach of that team, the Director of Athletic Training and the Athletic Director or designee, after input from the student-athlete and Substance Abuse Counselor, will determine if the circumstances warrant suspension of the student athlete from practice and/or competition.

Finally, the Men’s Department of Athletics prohibits the use of any funds to be used toward the purchase of alcoholic beverages for student-athlete consumption. This prohibition includes the purchase of alcohol for prospective student-athletes by current student-athlete hosts and the consumption of alcohol by prospective student-athletes while visiting the University. Regardless of whether a student-athlete host has reached the legal drinking age, purchasing alcohol for consumption by a person under the legal drinking age (i.e. .a teammate or a prospective student-athlete) is a violation of state law.



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