Commercial Activity Policy

Drury University is a safe, education-oriented and community-minded campus that maintains an academic and social environment conducive to intellectual and personal development of students and promotes the safety and welfare of all members of the campus community. Drury University prohibits the abuse of commercial activity by its students, employees and citizens. Drury University will cooperate with authorities in the enforcement of all applicable laws.

The abuse of commercial activity by Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens is prohibited on university-owned or -controlled property, in conjunction with university-sponsored or -supervised activities, or at any activity or event that an observer would associate with Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

This policy has been established to protect the integrity of the educational experience, encourage positive behavior and enhance the community commitment of Drury students, university employees or Drury citizens.

University facilities are not to be used as a location for the operation of any business or enterprise, including the ongoing sale of any services or products.

The programs and activities of students, campus departments or student organizations can be greatly enhanced by the support of commercial vendors and other off-campus organizations.

However, the Drury community and off-campus vendors may have different motives and desires. These guidelines should be followed to ensure the safety of the Drury University community:

  • PRIOR APPROVAL: All commercial activity held on the Drury University campus must have the prior approval of the Dean of Students Office and must be sponsored by a registered student organization or a campus department.
  • PROFITS: Sponsoring student organizations or campus departments should pre-determine a mutually agreed upon minimum amount or percentage of profits from the vendor.
  • FOOD AND BEVERAGE SALES: Food and beverage sales are discouraged in association with vendor sponsorships.
  • NON-COMPETITION: Items sold must not compete with any Drury University-based services, such as the Bookstore or Carbon Copy.

The programs and activities of student groups can be greatly enhanced by the support of off-campus vendors. At times, the collaboration of students, student organizations and/or off-campus vendors requires a contract to be signed regarding goods or services provided, price, and/or dates for performance or delivery.

The Dean of Students must review all contracts to ensure standard requirements are met. To have your contract reviewed, submit a copy of the contract to the Dean of Students Office. All contracts must be submitted at least 3 weeks before the event. Student organizations should allow 3 days for the Dean of Students to review the contract.

Be advised that students do not have the authority to sign any contract on behalf of Drury University or any of its facilities or departments.

The programs and activities of students, campus departments or student organizations can be enhanced by the completion of raffles to raise money for an individual or group that promotes the mission of Drury University.

The university reserves the right to prohibit raffles at any time, and individuals or groups sponsoring the raffle assume all risk in running a raffle that such activity, depending on its structure, may be deemed illegal gambling under Missouri law.

  • RAFFLE PROFITS: Raffle profits should be used to further the mission of the group, team or department conducting the raffle.
  • RESPONSIBILITY & FUND USE: It must be clearly stated that the individual or organization is responsible for all aspects of the raffle and that funds collected are used to benefit the groups programming budget, service to the university community, and/or philanthropic endeavors.
  • UNIVERSITY ENDORSEMENT: It must be clearly stated that the university neither endorses nor sponsors the activity. The individual or group must provide a disclaimer of any university sponsorship, or endorsement of the event, preferably on the raffle tickets.
  • RAFFLE MANAGEMENT: No person, except a member of the Drury University community, may participate directly or indirectly in the management, sales or operation of the raffle. Only recognized student organizations, athletic teams or campus departments may conduct raffles.
  • RAFFLE BENEFICIARIES: No individual may benefit directly or indirectly from the raffle unless given prior approval by the Dean of Students.
  • TAXABLE STATUS: No individual or group should make representations with regard to the taxable status of money paid for the purchase of raffle tickets.
  • RAISED FUNDS PURCHASES: It must be clearly stated that no portion of the funds raised may be used to purchase alcohol or illegal substances in violation of state law and university alcohol policies.
  • SALARIES & FEES: No salaries, fees or profit should be paid to any individual or group in connection with the operation of a raffle.

Violators of this policy will be subject to sanctions ranging from official letters of warning and reprimand to disciplinary suspension from the university, according to the severity of the offense.