Section 1000: Campus Policy

Effective: May 10, 1989
Revised: August 2021
Last Review: August 2023
Next Review: August 2025
Responsible Party: Chancellor


Consumption of Alcoholic beverages on property belonging to Montana State University-Northern is prohibited except as expressly permitted. Alcoholic beverage means any beverage subject to Montana Alcoholic Beverages Code.

Alcoholic beverages may be possessed and consumed by persons of legal age in their assigned living area, or within another living area where all occupants of that area are of legal age. Living area shall be defined as the unit and does not include public areas.

Authorizations by the Chancellor of Montana State University-Northern for consumption of alcoholic beverages in other college-owned areas shall conform to the following conditions:

  • In accordance with campus policy 903.1, all food and beverages for events on-campus must give the Montana State University-Northern Food Service the first right of refusal.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages are required where alcoholic beverages are served.
  • Consumption and/or sale of alcohol must be in connection with an approved event and only in approved locations.
  • Consumption of alcohol by persons selling or serving alcohol is not permitted.
  • The event shall not be scheduled prior to 3:00 P.M. on a class day.
  • The event shall be monitored to prevent consumption by a person not of legal age. Host ushers, of age, must be utilized to monitor the event. The names of the host ushers will be provided on the Alcohol Request Form.
  • If a student group is sponsoring an event at which alcohol will be served, such group must be officially recognized by ASMSUN, and the advisor for the student group is required to be present during the entire event.
  • The sponsoring group  or organization is responsible for following all relevant campus, local, state and federal laws and regulations. The sponsoring group or organization shall be defined as the responsible party for the event and is responsible for filling out the Alcohol Request Form.
  • Unless using a licensed alcohol vendor, any server of alcohol at a University sponsored event on or off Montana State University-Northern campus must have completed a responsible alcohol server training program which has been approved by the Montana Department of Revenue.
  • Sponsoring organizations are reminded that: 1) no alcoholic beverages may leave the event area; 2) no containers may be brought into the event area; 3) no service of alcoholic beverages will be provided to intoxicated individuals; 4) no service of alcoholic beverages will be provided to persons under legal drinking age.
  • Tailgating is restricted to Montana State University-Northern Football Games and is subject solely to Montana State University-Northern’s Tailgating Rules and Regulations
  • Please see our Alcoholic Beverage Service Procedures for more information.


MUS Policy and Procedures Manual: Policy 503.1 Alcoholic Beverages;
MSU-Northern Administrative Policy & Procedures Manual: Policy 903.1 University Property and Facilities Rental; Policy 903.6 Tailgating and Parking Policy