Alcohol Policy and Notification Procedures - Student Organization On-Campus Events
- Student Services must be notified if you intend to serve alcohol at your event. You must fill out an alcohol notification form and provide it to Student Services.
- No alcohol may be served at an on-campus event before 5:00 p.m., except by written consent of the Dean of Students.
- You may only serve beer and wine at Law School events held on campus; no hard alcohol is permitted, unless you obtain prior written consent of the Dean of Students.
- Self-service of alcohol at an event is not permitted.
- Each area where alcohol is being served at an event must be monitored by a Law School student who has attended a University Event Management Alcohol Training session. The schedule for such trainings and the procedure for registering may be found at http://uem.columbia.edu/student/events-alcohol-0. Alcohol monitors may not drink alcoholic beverages before or during the time that they are monitoring an alcohol service area.
- Alcoholic beverages must be poured by servers who themselves have not been drinking alcoholic beverages prior to and are not drinking during the time they are serving. Servers must be Law School students who are at least 21 years old.
- Ample food and non-alcoholic beverages must be served and prominently displayed at any event where alcohol is served. Such food and beverages must be available throughout the time that alcohol is being served, and must be replenished, as needed, during this time.
- All of your guests must be 21 years of age and must be able to produce identification of age if asked.
Temporary Beer and Wine Permits - Alcoholic beverages may be sold at a student organization event only when a temporary permit has been obtained from New York State. If money or something else of value will change hands during an event in exchange for an alcoholic beverage, a permit must be obtained. Permits may be applied for here: http://www.sla.ny.gov/online-permit-applications. Groups should allow at least 3 weeks for the issuance of a permit from the time that all required documentation has been submitted to the State. NB - We have been informed by University Event Management that a permit is NOT required if an organization merely sells tickets for an event and alcohol is subsequently served (rather than sold) during the course of the event.