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Alcohol Laws

Virginia Alcohol Laws state the following:

  • It is illegal for someone under the age of 21 to buy, possess, drink or serve alcoholic beverages
  • It is illegal to use an altered, fictitious, facsimile or simulated identification to purchase alcohol
  • It is illegal to sell alcohol to anyone under the age of 21 or intoxicated
  • It is illegal to sell alcohol without a license
  • It is illegal to buy alcohol without a license
  • It is illegal to consume alcohol in any unlicensed public place
  • It is illegal to appear in public intoxicated
  • It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol

The Virginia Alcohol Code is available for review online.

Radford City Alcohol Ordinances  

  • It is illegal to carry or consume any alcohol in a public place – this can include your porch, front yard or the sidewalk

Alcohol Policy

The following is prohibited conduct:

  • Possession or use of alcoholic beverages by any student under the age of 21;
  • Providing alcohol to anyone under the age of 21;
  • Possession of common containers (i.e. kegs) on University Property;
  • Public intoxication;
  • Having an open container of alcohol in public;
  • Transporting unconcealed or open alcohol containers in public on Radford University property;
  • Violating local and state alcohol laws; 
  • Serving alcohol to students on University property and at off campus university sponsored events without prior approval from the vice president for student affairs.

For more information see Radford University's Standards of Student Conduct.

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