Dear Perspective Tailgater:

It’s that time of the year!! Morris College is planning its 2023 Homecoming Celebration and this year promises to be an exciting experience as the College will again have, along with other exciting activities, a Homecoming Tailgate! We are inviting alumni, campus Greek organizations/student organizations to participate in the tailgating event.

The Hornets Tailgate will be held on Saturday, January 28, 2023 from 8:00 am- 8:00 pm on the Campus Athletic Field and the cost to participate is $100.00 per space. Only (4) persons per group or organization will be permitted to assist with set up, etc.; additional persons will be charged the $25.00 fee. Reservations per space will be strictly enforced. Payment must be received in the Office of Student Affairs by 4:00 pm on Friday, January 27, 2023. No cash or personal checks will be accepted. Please make your money order or certified check payable to Morris College.

Please complete the entire application and read carefully the rules and regulations of our tailgating policies. Application and fee must be submitted and paid before you are permitted to set up, and limited spaces are available.  If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Office of Student Affairs at (803) 934-3217 or email Ms. Elizabeth Smith at

Thanking you in advance for your participation and cooperation.

Homecoming Tailgate Experience

Guidelines for Responsible Tailgating


January 2023


 Welcome to the 2023 Hornets Tailgate Experience! The following are the tailgate area rules and policies. These terms will be known as the Guidelines for Responsible Tailgating.


Tailgating will officially begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and conclude at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023. Vehicles will not be permitted to enter the tailgating sections after 10:00 a.m.


All tailgate host credentials and guest passes must be picked up on Friday, January 27th between noon and 5:00 p.m. in the Office of Student Affairs.


The tailgating area will be on the campus softball field. This area will be occupied by registered tailgating hosts and their guests. Hosts and guests will adhere to Guidelines for Responsible Tailgating.


The Tailgating area has been designed such that it meets the occupancy standards for the designated lot to avoid hazardous overcrowding.

Tailgating set-up time will be between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28th. You will not be allowed to enter tailgating area after 10:00 a.m.  No exceptions.


All tailgating traffic will enter from the Stark Street entrance from 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. Exit times are from 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.


Absolutely, No alcohol will be allowed on the premises!


Trash cans will be available in the tailgating area. Tailgaters are asked to responsibly dispose of all trash and debris. Glass bottles/containers are discouraged in the tailgating areas for safety reasons. All tailgaters should properly extinguish all BBQ grills, coals, ashes and other potential flammable materials.

All tailgate hosts are responsible for managing their area and are required to use the trash receptacles and recycle bins to contain debris. Your attention and cooperation will be greatly appreciated.



We will have additional law enforcement working with the College’s campus security to enforce the Responsible Tailgating Guidelines. They will assist to monitor crowd capacity and patrol the tailgating area to ensure all tailgaters are in compliance, and to monitor any violations of the prohibited activities listed below and all city and state laws.

Campus Security will monitor entrances onto the campus.


  • No alcohol (persons who are observed using alcohol on the premises could potentially face criminal and civil liability).
  • No consumption of illegal controlled substances
  • No public disorderly conduct
  • No loitering after the tailgate (all tailgate areas must be cleared no later than 8:00 p.m.).


Morris College

Mr. Lonnie McCoy – Director of Physical Plant and Transportation

Mr. Alvin Alston – Director of Campus Safety Services

Mr. Alston Freeman – Coordinator of Student Activities

Dr. Juana Davis Freeman – Dean of Student Affairs

Ms. Elizabeth Smith – Administrative Assistant, Office of Student Affairs

For more information call the Office of Student Affairs @ 803-934-3217.


Before Barbecuing

  • Check your grill thoroughly for leaks, cracking or brittleness before using it.
  • Clean out tubes that lead into the burner.
  • Make sure the grill is at least 15 feet away from any building, or trees.
  • Store and use your grill on a large flat surface that cannot burn (i.e. - concrete or asphalt).
  • Have a fire extinguisher (provided) or at least (4)-gallons of water close.

During Barbecuing

  • Don’t wear loose clothing that might catch fire.
  • Use long handled barbecue tools and/ or flame resistant mitts.
  • Never use any flammable liquid other than a barbecue starter fluid to start or refresh a fire.
  • Never leave the grill unattended.

In case of a fire

  • For propane grills – turn off the burners. For charcoal grills – close the grill lid.
  • For propane grills – if you can safely reach the tank valve, shut it off.
  • If the fire involves the tank, leave it alone, evacuate the area and call local fire department @ 803-436-2600 OR 911.
  • Never attempt to extinguish a grease fire with water. It will only cause the flames to flare up.

Tailgating Form

To complete the tailgating form and pay your tailgating fee please click here