Events with Alcohol

Alcohol is not permitted at any coordinated event that occurs on campus or any event sponsored by a student group, office, or department off-campus. Alcohol may be consumed at informal gatherings of students in their residences. To help students understand the difference between a sponsored event and informal gathering the guidance below has been developed.

Sponsored Events with Alcohol

The College will use a reasonable third party standard in order to determine what qualifies as an informal gathering of students and what qualifies an unregistered event with alcohol sponsored by a student organization or group. Each alleged violation will be reviewed on a case by case basis and will be assessed against the below criteria to determine what kind of event it should be designated as. A gathering does not need to meet all of the criteria to be classified as an unregistered event with alcohol.

Criteria:

  • If the gathering exceeds 25 in all common areas or outdoor spaces within one residential facility or property
  • If there are guests not associated with the group occupying the facility
  • If guests significantly outnumber the amount of residents at the event
  • If there was an open invite to students to the event or if there was a guest list that exceeded 25 people
  • If the alcohol provided was purchased by the group or organization or if a collection was taken to purchase the alcohol
  • If the event shows evidence of a higher level of coordination such as a theme or activities that would require advanced planning on the part of the students
  • If the event was held in a location controlled by the members of a group or organization on or off campus
  • If there is evidence of co-sponsorship of the event such as attendees being almost exclusively part of two or three organizations
  • If there was an advanced coordinated effort on the part of organizational leadership to plan the event
  • If attendance is required or strongly encouraged as part of a person’s membership in an organization

If an event is classified as an unregistered event with alcohol, the organization(s) involved will be held accountable through the College’s judicial process in alignment with the Student Organization Health and Safety Violation Rubric.

Informal Gatherings with Alcohol On-Campus

Size of Gatherings

Gatherings may not exceed the maximum occupancy of a space or spaces used for the gathering adjusted for appropriate physical distancing or 25, whichever is lower.

Permitted Locations

Gatherings may occur in residential buildings and or on porches attached to College Houses and fraternities.

Prohibited Locations

Gatherings may not occur in administrative or academic buildings, non-residential student organization spaces, other non-residential buildings, or outside.

Use of Multiple Common Areas

Only one informal gathering per facility is permitted. If alcohol is being consumed in a common area the limit to the number of people collectively allowed in all common areas of the building is 25. This limit does not include individuals who are entering a common area to gain access to a private room, a bathroom, or the outside.

Informal Gatherings with Alcohol Off-Campus

Size of Gatherings

Gatherings may not exceed the maximum occupancy of a space or spaces used for the gathering adjusted for appropriate physical distancing or 25, whichever is lower.

Permitted Locations

Gatherings may occur in areas controlled by students or areas they are permitted to access as determined by their landlord or management company.

Use of Multiple Spaces

If a gathering where alcohol is consumed occurs off-campus, the total number of attendees in all indoor and outdoor spaces controlled by students may not exceed 25.

Any coordinated effort to host simultaneous events at different off-campus locations where guests can move from event to event is strictly prohibited.