UK To Reexamine Alcohol Policy

Sep 19, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky president Eli Capilouto has signaled that he is open to revisiting the university’s alcohol policy, which currently prohibits drinking on campus. The issue figures heavily into UK’s relationship with surrounding neighborhoods.

Wednesday the Fayette County Sheriff’s office announced the arrest of Travis Marlow, one of the revelers allegedly caught on camera setting a vehicle fire in the wake of the UK Men’s Basketball team’s NCAA championship win earlier this year. It’s those kinds of celebrations that lead some local residents and business owners to question alcohol restrictions on campus, which push some partiers into surrounding areas.

"At this stage, nothing should be off the table," says university spokesperson Jay Blanton. He says UK is currently undergoing its master planning process, which involves talking with neighbors and trying to strike a better balance between university concerns and the needs of the community.

"There are all kinds of questions about having alcohol on campus in terms of the legal issues and the safety issues that it might raise on a campus as well. So it's a complex set of issues, but what the president has rightly said is let's have that conversation," Blanton says.

UK’s current alcohol policy was adopted in 1998.