Thursday, September 27, 2012
Alcohol banned in student tailgate area as result of problems during UK-WKU game
Alcohol will not be allowed in the University of Kentucky’s nonreserved tailgate space along Cooper Drive, between Sports Center Drive and University Drive, during this weekend’s UK-South Carolina football game, the campus learned Thursday.
An email from UK President Eli Capilouto to students, faculty and staff said the action is the result of behavior of a “small number of people” before and after the Western Kentucky football game two weeks ago that “threatened the safety of those around them.”
Capilouto said there will be an increased police presence as well as more school and athletics officials in the area – a popular student hangout during football games. Anyone caught using or serving alcohol will be cited.
Upon receiving the email and learning of the alcohol ban, students immediately took to Twitter and other social media to voice their protests.
Following is the full text of the campuswide email from Capilouto:
Colleagues and Students,
Each year, a rite of fall on our campus is tailgating at football games. Fortunately, the vast majority of people who participate in these activities, including our students, celebrate responsibly and appropriately.
That atmosphere — part of what makes our campus so special — is something we all want to promote.
But two weeks ago, before and after the game with Western Kentucky University, a small number of people acted in a manner that seriously threatened the safety of those around them and of police and other safety officials who are there to protect us all.
Such behavior will not be tolerated.
As a result, the following steps are being taken this weekend during the game against the University of South Carolina:
· There will be an increased police, athletics and student affairs presence in the areas that were negatively impacted two weeks ago — the non-reserved tailgate space along Cooper Drive between Sports Center Drive and University Drive.
· No alcohol will be allowed in that area. Police and state alcohol beverage control officials will be citing people who serve or use alcohol in that area.
· No DJs or bands will be allowed to set up in this area as well.
· Individuals or student organizations that promote drinking or that utilize DJs and bands in this area will be subject to disciplinary actions by our Dean of Students Office that could, ultimately, impact their organizational status.
We want people to attend games. We want all of you to tailgate and enjoy each other’s company in a responsible fashion. But we will not allow actions and behaviors that threaten the safety of our students, our fans or of officials who are present to protect everyone.
Thank you for your help and cooperation in ensuring that everyone at our games is assured of a safe, comfortable and enjoyable experience.
University of Kentucky