Alcorn issues reminders of new game day policies

On Sat. Sept. 8, Alcorn State University will celebrate the accomplishments of our first SWAC Football Championship Team from 1968 and looks forward to welcoming alumni, fans, and students to Lorman for the 6 p.m. season home kickoff game versus Louisiana College. We know all the Braves faithful will be ready to cheer on our team and we can't wait to see you!  All campus guests are encouraged to note the following before, during and after the day's festivities:

Tobacco, Smoke and Vape Free Campus

Effective, July 2018, Alcorn has declared all University property, facilities and vehicles to be tobacco, smoke and vape free. This initiative has been implemented to promote and protect the health and wellness of all faculty, staff, students, alumni, and guests. Smoking and the promotion or use of tobacco products and vapes is prohibited outdoors on all Alcorn campus property including parking lots, paths, fields, recreational areas, stadiums, and personal vehicles while on campus.

Clear Bags

Implementation of the clear bag policy begins with this game. Alcorn will allow small transparent clutch bags no larger than 4.5 inches x 6.5 inches and bags at a maximum of 12 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches or a one-gallon clear plastic freezer bag. Bags that are necessary for medical purposes are permitted but still subject to search. No other bags or purses, including diaper bags that are not clear, will be permitted.

Prohibited bags include, but are not limited to purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction, luggage of any kind, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases or any bag larger than the permissible size. All items, including clear bags and clutch purses, are subject to search at all gates. No items can be left or stored at the gates.

Sports Betting/Wagering

Wagering on NCAA athletic events is now legal in Mississippi for adults 21 and older. The NCAA and universities in Mississippi have not changed their positions on sports wagering. The NCAA strictly prohibits sports betting by student-athletes, athletics department staff members, and even non-athletics department staff who work closely with student-athletes in any way.

Fans, boosters, and everyone in the college sports community must know that sports betting by those close to student-athletes can and will put universities and individual athletes at risk of violating NCAA rules. Alcorn's highest priority is to safeguard the well being of our student-athletes and the integrity of intercollegiate competition. The continued cooperation and support of the Alcorn family helps all to compete at the highest levels of intercollegiate athletics.

Finally, all other existing game-day rules and regulations remain in effect. Fans should review the Fan Guide and stay tuned to the University website and Athletics website for any updates or changes.