Sept. 2, 2009
UI officials will enforce trademark, alcohol and smoking laws
University of Iowa officials and UI Police will be on the lookout for violations and will be enforcing laws concerning illegal Hawkeye merchandise, such as t-shirts, being sold by non-licensed vendors at football games this fall.
"We love seeing Hawkeye fans decked out in black and gold, but we do want to make sure that we protect our trademarks and support those Hawkeye licensees who abide by the rules regarding the production and sale of clothing and other items with our trademarks, such as the Tiger Hawk and Herky," said Dale Arens, director of UI Trademark Licensing Program.
Unauthorized use of the University of Iowa trademarks, word marks, symbols, and logos is a violation of state and federal law.
Fans tailgating Friday nights on public property are reminded that the possession of an open container of beer or wine or consumption of hard liquor is prohibited by law. Law enforcement officers will ask a fan to empty the container and may issue a citation. In addition, UI Police and other law enforcement personnel will enforce laws prohibiting underage consumption of alcoholic beverages and possession of open containers of liquor, beer and wine on public sidewalks and streets.
State law prohibits the consumption of hard liquor and the possession of an open bottle of hard liquor on public property, which includes UI parking lots. People caught violating the law will be required to empty the bottle(s) and will be issued a citation.
Anyone in possession of an open container of alcohol (including beer, wine or hard liquor) on the sidewalks or streets on the way to Kinnick Stadium will be issued a citation and the beverage will be confiscated.
Fans should also remember that Iowa's minimum legal drinking age is 21. Within Kinnick stadium, unruly and disruptive fans will be ejected and will face arrest and possible revocation of ticket privileges.
Fans are also encouraged to remember Iowa's law, under which a blood alcohol content of .08 percent is considered presumptive of guilt in cases of driving while intoxicated.
UI officials urge fans to use alcohol responsibly. They suggest having plenty of non-alcoholic beverages available, and serving adequate food to reduce the effects of alcohol. Select a designated driver or stop serving and consuming alcohol several hours before attempting to drive.
The UI is a smoke-free campus. Consistent with the Smoke-Free Air Act, Chapter 142D, Code of Iowa, that became law in the State of Iowa on July 1, 2008, smoking inside or around Kinnick Stadium or anywhere on the UI campus is prohibited. Individuals who are observed smoking will be asked to extinguish their smoking materials. Flagrant or repeated violations, or people who are uncooperative will be asked to leave Kinnick Stadium or university property for the day and may be issued a citation. Smoking is allowed along Melrose Avenue from sidewalk to sidewalk.
More game day information may be found at http://www.hawkeyesports.com/gameday/
STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000
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