Approved by Executive Council: June 30, 2008
Approved by Board of Trustees: July 14, 2008
Posted: July 22, 2008
Revised/Approved by Board of Trustees: March 9, 2012
Revised/Approved by Board of Trustees: March 6, 2015
Policy Topic: Governance and Administration
Administering Office: Student Affairs, Athletics, and Administration and Finance
I. POLICY STATEMENT
This policy describes the parameters for football tailgating activities on the campus
of Western Carolina University (“WCU”). As defined in this policy, tailgating involves
the consumption of alcohol in designated controlled areas. WCU does not sanction the
violation of federal, state, or local laws, including the consumption/possession of
alcoholic beverages by underage persons. This policy is referenced in and subordinate
to University Policy #81, “WCU General Campus Policy for Alcoholic Beverages”.
II. SCOPE AND APPLICATION OF POLICY
This policy pertains to tailgating at NCAA football games.
“Alcohol or Alcoholic Beverages” means, for purposes of this policy, malt beverages and unfortified wine. Under North
Carolina state law, malt beverage means beer, lager, malt liquor, ale, porter, and
any other brewed or fermented beverage except unfortified or fortified wine as defined
by this Chapter, containing at least one-half of one percent (0.5%), and not more
than fifteen percent (15%), alcohol by volume. Any malt beverage containing more than
six percent (6%) alcohol by volume shall bear a label clearly indicating the alcohol
content of the malt beverage. Unfortified wine means any wine of sixteen percent (16%)
or less alcohol by volume made by fermentation from grapes, fruits, berries, rice,
or honey; or by the addition of pure cane, beet, or dextrose sugar; or by the addition
of pure brandy from the same type of grape, fruit, berry, rice, or honey that is contained
in the base wine and produced in accordance with the regulations of the United States.
“Keg” means any container that holds, or is capable of holding, more than one (1) gallon
of malt beverage or unfortified wine at a single time.
“Tailgating” means parking in a designated location/area and/or setting up non permanent facilities
(such as tents and tables) to consume food and beverages. Alcoholic beverages may
be consumed during tailgating activities in designated areas prior to NCAA football
games hosted at the E.J. Whitmire Stadium.
IV. EXPECTED BEHAVIOR DURING TAILGATING
Individuals participating in tailgating activities at WCU are expected to conduct
themselves in a manner respectful of the nature and character of the university; including,
following the directives of event management staff and public safety officials. Persons
acting in a disruptive, disrespectful or disorderly manner may be asked to leave the
premises or be subject to arrest or citation. Students may also be charged with a
violation of the Code of Student Conduct.
V. TAILGATING PERMITS FOR ALCOHOL PERMISSIBLE STUDENT AREA
A WCU student, faculty or staff member may reserve one non-transferable tailgating
permit for a tailgating area within the designated alcohol permissible student tailgating
lot. Tailgating permits may be obtained from the University Center prior to each football
game. The number of parking spaces designated as a permitted tailgating area will
be determined before each football season. All tailgating activities must be contained
within the permitted tailgating area. Only one vehicle will be allowed to park in
each permitted alcohol permissible student tailgating area. Permits must be displayed
as specified on this vehicle throughout the tailgating activities and an individual
must be designated as the responsible contact person for each game. Tailgating permits
may be forfeited for cause on-the-spot.
VI. DESIGNATED PARKING LOTS/AREAS FOR TAILGATING
Tailgating parking/areas are organized into four general categories:
Alcohol Free Areas: Walker A; Walker Hall; and Scott Hall
Alcohol Permissible Areas : HFR Administration Building; Bardo Fine and Performing Arts; Camp; Catamount Club
permitted Field House; Ramsey; Creek; Belk Building lot; and Stadium
Alcohol Permissible Student Area : Field House Lot with University Center permits
Alcohol Permissible Areas for Visiting Fans : Baseball Lots and/or additional designated areas to be identified as needed.
VII. TAILGATING PROCEDURES
A. General Provisions
Specific information and guidance on parking of vehicles within designated tailgating
areas will be provided upon payment of the tailgating fee or entry into the tailgating
lot. Tailgating activities should be confined to the area directly adjacent to a parked
vehicle. Roadways cannot be blocked by tailgaters for any reason. Tailgaters must
comply with the directions and instructions of event management staff and public safety
officials. A copy of all tailgating procedures will be available at the University
Center Administrative Offices.
B. Tailgating Time Period
Tailgating may begin no earlier than three and a half (3.5) hours before kickoff of
the football game. Individuals may continue to remain in the tailgating area during
the game but consumption of alcohol must be discontinued at the start of the game.
Tailgating without alcoholic beverage consumption may continue after the game for
a period of two hours. For those games scheduled on weekday evenings, the University
may find it necessary to modify the permissible tailgating times. Notice of these
changes will be provided well in advance of the game.
C. Consumption of Alcohol During Tailgating
In alcohol permissible tailgating areas, the consumption of alcohol must be accompanied
with the consumption of food.
Consumption of alcohol outside designated tailgating areas and/or time periods constitutes
a violation of WCU tailgating policy and possibly North Carolina law. Violators are
subject to prosecution under the laws of Jackson County, the laws of the State of
North Carolina, and students are subject to the WCU Code of Student Conduct.
Consistent with North Carolina State law, only malt beverages and unfortified wine
may be possessed or consumed. Spirituous liquor is prohibited.
Kegs and other common source containers are not allowed at any time.
Glass containers are prohibited. The use of plastic containers is encouraged for the
consumption of all beverages.
Drinking games (including but not limited to beer pong and other table games) and
the use of devices intended to accelerate the consumption of alcohol (including but
not limited to funnels or beer bongs) are prohibited.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages on any other part of the campus or on public streets
that run through or adjacent to campus is prohibited. It is also a violation of law
and/or the code of student conduct and is subject to policy/law enforcement.
Consumption of alcoholic beverages inside the stadium is prohibited.
D. Preparation and Consumption of Food
No food may be sold without a proper University permit from either Food Services and/or
Propane and charcoal grills are allowed. Burned coals and/or residue from cooking
are not permitted to make contact with the paved surface of the parking lot or grassy
areas. Hot coals must be completely extinguished with water before leaving the tailgating
Open flame fires, including fire pits, are prohibited.
All groups and individuals participating in tailgating are responsible for the proper
disposal of their trash and other debris such as charcoal. Trash containers will be
provided throughout tailgate areas. Tailgating participants are strongly encouraged to recycle (paper, plastic, glass
No sales activities or other forms of solicitation are allowed on the WCU campus including
any/all tailgating areas, without permission from the appropriate University official.
Only WCU Athletics or their designated representatives will be allowed to sell merchandise.
No permanent or semi-permanent structures may be constructed or placed for any activity
on University grounds except by the authority of the appropriate Vice Chancellor and/or
in accordance with the University Facility Use Policy.
VIII. TAILGATING POLICY ENFORCEMENT AND REVIEW
Violations of this policy may result in the forfeiture of a tailgating permit on-the-spot
and the loss of eligibility to purchase additional tailgating permits. Student violations
of this policy are subject to the Western Carolina University Code of Student Conduct.
IX. POLICY REVIEW
At least once per calendar year, the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs will chair
a tailgating committee to review this policy and discuss any problems with tailgating
X. RELATED POLICIES AND RESOURCES
UNC Policy Manual: http://www.northcarolina.edu/policy/index.php
University Policy #81, WCU General Campus Policy for Alcoholic Beverages