SD expands policy on alcohol sales at universities

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South Dakota universities will begin selling more alcohol at events next year.

The South Dakota Board of Regents on Thursday approved an expanded alcohol sales policy to include the general admission areas of performing arts and sporting events.

Under the previous policy, liquor sales were limited to certain lodge seats and lodge areas.

Six universities governed by the Board of Regent will be allowed, but not required, to sell alcohol in general admission areas. Universities include Northern State University, Black Hills State, University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University, and Dakota State University.

Regents say the push to expand liquor sales to general admission areas came from student government organizations on every campus. They sent a letter to council urging them to change the policy.

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Alcohol sales will be increased at South Dakota universities next year.
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“We’re seeing a shift toward general admission alcohol sales at college events across the country. It seemed like a good time to review South Dakota policy as well,” the council’s executive director said. , Dr. Brian Maher.

The new policy requires schools to set a start and end time for alcohol sales, designate at least one alcohol-free zone and separate alcohol sales from other concessions, Chief Argus reported.

It also requires anyone selling alcohol to receive training to recognize fake IDs, prevent serving minors, identify signs of intoxication and learn how to handle disorderly customers.

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