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Best Practices

Any person or group of persons holding a function at a location where consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted, including sales, shall abide by the following regulations when conducting the function. Additional guidelines for serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages may be established by the person or group holding the function.

  • Alcoholic beverages may not be served or consumed at any social event held in conjunction with an organized drive to recruit students on campus.
  • The person or group(s) holding the event must establish precautionary measures at the function to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not served to persons under the legal drinking age, to persons who appear intoxicated or to persons known to be addicted to intoxicants.
  • At the function, a person (or persons) over the legal drinking age must be designated as the server(s). All alcoholic beverages to be served must be located so that access to them can be had only through the designated server(s). The server(s) may not consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages must be available at the same place as the alcoholic beverages and featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.
  • A sufficient amount of non-salty, non “snack” food must be available.
  • The only alcoholic beverages that may be possessed or consumed at the function are those alcoholic beverages served at that location, and the alcoholic beverages must be consumed within the designated location.
  • Drinking contests or any other activities which encourage the rapid and/or excessive consumption of alcoholic beverages shall not be permitted.
  • The sponsoring group shall not allow any alcoholic beverages such as kegs or cases of beer to be provided as free awards, prizes or rewards to an individual(s) or group(s).
  • All announcement(s) or advertisement(s), including but not limited to flyer(s), notice(s), poster(s), banner(s), tee-shirt(s) and newspaper and radio announcement(s), concerning the function shall:
    • note the availability of non-alcoholic beverages as prominently as the availability of alcoholic beverages,
    • note that proper identification is required in order to be served or sold alcoholic beverages,
    • not make reference to the amount of alcoholic beverages, as, for example, the number of kegs of beer, available at the event, nor to any form of drinking contest.
    • not portray drinking as a solution to personal or academic problems or as necessary to social, sexual, or academic success. Promotion of alcoholic beverage brands at the activity must not encourage any form of alcohol abuse nor place emphasis on quantity and frequency of use.
  • As appropriate, the sponsoring group should contact the local police jurisdiction about events where alcohol will be served. The local police department will determine if a uniformed member of, or a substitute approved by the police department, must be present during the function. In such cases, the police expense must be paid by the sponsoring group.