Aug. 27, 2008
UI officials will enforce trademark, alcohol and smoking laws
University of Iowa officials and campus police will be on the lookout for and enforcing laws concerning illegal Hawkeye merchandise, such as t-shirts, being sold by nonlicensed 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," says Dale Arens, director of the UI Trademark Licensing Program.
Unauthorized use of UI trademarks, word marks, symbols and logos is a violation of state and federal law.
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 nonalcoholic beverages available, and serve 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. Smoking is allowed along Melrose Avenue from sidewalk to sidewalk.
More information about Hawkeye athletics may be found at http://www.hawkeyesports.com.
More information about game day parking and information may be found at http://www.uifootballparking.com.
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