Expanded alcohol sales approved by South Dakota Board of Regents

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VERMILLION, S.D. In a press release Thursday, the South Dakota Board of Regents, during their June board meeting, unanimously approved an expanded alcohol sales policy for South Dakota universities.  The policy would allow SD BOR universities to extend the sale of alcoholic beverages into general admission areas of performing arts and athletic events.

The student-led effort to expand alcohol sales to general admission areas began with a South Dakota Student Federation letter urging the Board of Regents to change the current alcohol sales policy, which limited alcohol sales to specially designated box seats or loge areas. The Student Federation includes leadership from each of the college’s student governments.

“This change came from a request from South Dakota public university students,” said BOR Executive Director Dr. Brian Maher. “We’re seeing a move towards general admission alcohol sales at collegiate events across the country; it seemed like a good time to revisit South Dakota’s policy as well.”

While the updated policy provides institutions with the flexibility to expand alcohol sales, events must meet specific criteria, including a definite start and end for alcohol purchases. Other criteria include that alcohol sales must be separate from general concessions and each event must include at least one alcohol-free zone. Additionally, anyone selling or serving alcoholic beverages must be trained to recognize fake IDs, prevent service to minors, identify signs of intoxication, and how to handle disorderly customers.

The new policy will be in effect at the start of the 2022-2023 school year. For more information, click here.

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