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Office of General Counsel Policies & Guidelines

General Policy on Tobacco and Alcoholic Beverages : 1:07:00:00

Policy/Guideline Area

Governance, Organization, and General Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, Universities, System Office, Board Members


The purpose of this policy is the establishment of tobacco and alcohol policies for the Tennessee Board of Regents system.


  • Sale - means any transfer, trade, exchange, or barter, in any manner or by any means, for consideration, including, but not limited to, requiring fees or the purchase of tickets for admission to the area or event at which alcoholic beverages will be served.


  1. Tobacco
    1. The sale of any products containing tobacco is prohibited on all property owned or controlled by the Tennessee Board of Regents and its institutions.
  2. Alcohol
    1. The President of each four and two-year institution is authorized to, and may from time to time designate a place on property owned or controlled by the institution where alcoholic beverages may be served by alumni and foundation organizations at a function or event sponsored by said organization.
    2. This area shall not be in classrooms, labs, faculty or administrative offices, residence halls, student dining halls, student gathering areas, outdoor public areas, or athletic facilities accessible to the public. Furthermore, under Policy 3:05:01:01 the use and/or possession of alcoholic beverages by students are prohibited on property owned or controlled by the institution.
    3. The sale of alcoholic beverages at the designated place is prohibited. State funds may not be used for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
    4. Notwithstanding the provisions noted above, the sale of alcoholic beverages shall be permitted:
      1. At the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management hotel and conference facility and the Fogelman Executive Center, both of which facilities are operated in connection with the academic program known as the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management.
      2. If Property owned by the Tennessee Board of Regents is disposed of by lease, it is permissible for the tenants of the lessee(s) to sell alcoholic beverages subject to approval by the institution of the tenants occupying the leased property.
    5. Compliance with all applicable laws and regulations shall be required.
    6. This policy shall not be construed as prohibiting the use of alcoholic beverages as cooking supplies in Hospitality Management/Culinary Arts academic coursework where said beverages are not consumed as is, but, in which, the beverages are used solely in the cooking process, or in the wine tasting process, in a manner that is consistent with standard culinary practices.


TBR Meeting June 20, 1997; March 15, 2002; TBR Meeting June 26, 2008; TBR Board Meeting March 26, 2009; TBR Board Meeting September 25, 2009; TBR Board Meeting March 29, 2012.

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