University of Denver Sturm College of Law Alcohol Policy

For students, faculty and staff

Effective July 2016

The University of Denver strives to promote a healthy and safe educational and professional community where alcohol does not interfere with individual performance, personal success, public safety, or the integrity of the learning environment. The University’s policies uphold state and federal laws regarding alcohol and other substances and maintain institutional compliance with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.

In addition to the policies and procedures outlined in the University of Denver’s Alcohol Policies and Procedures (September 2015), the following procedures apply to the Sturm College of Law:

  1. Use of University Funds to Purchase Alcohol
    1. The University advocates limiting the purchase of alcohol with University funds. This includes all funds controlled by, or administered by, the University of Denver, including student fees.
      1. Student activity fees may not be used to purchase alcohol under any circumstances.
      2. University funds allocated to any student-run organization (including journals, student ambassadors, chancellor scholars, student trial lawyers association, etc.) may not be used to purchase alcohol under any circumstances.
      3. University funds may be used to purchase alcohol for legitimate business purposes, typically for an official function involving donors, alumni, or guests.
      4. Outside organizations may purchase alcohol, pursuant to the alcohol and space use policies. Payment for alcohol must be received up front and must be coordinated with the Sturm College of Law Director of Events.
      5. Faculty and staff may purchase alcohol at meals involving donors, alumni, or friends of the University. Alcohol purchased while dining alone or with only University employees at a meal will not be reimbursed.
      6. The purchase and transportation of alcohol shall be coordinated exclusively with the Sturm College of Law Director of Events.
  2. Procedures for University Sponsored On-Campus Events with Alcohol
    1. Any event with an expected attendance of 50 or more guests is required to submit an online Event Registration Form. This form is routed through Campus Safety.
    2. Any event where fifty percent (50%) or more of the event attendees will be students and where alcohol is served is required to petition the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for permission to serve alcohol using the Alcohol Approval Form. This form must be completed no less than 10 business days prior to the event date.
    3. Any event where fifty percent (50%) or more of the event attendees will be students and where alcohol is served is required to use drink tickets (provided by the Office of Student Affairs) with a limit of two alcoholic beverages per student of legal drinking age for the duration of the event. Drink tickets for one event may not be used at other events, and students may not participate in more than one event serving alcohol per day.
    4. Alcohol must always be served by a TIP-certified bartender. Bartenders must not serve individuals who are obviously intoxicated.
    5. Alcohol may only be served at events by a third party vendor. The vendor must be approved by the University of Denver and the Sturm College of Law Administration. Third party vendors are officially licensed private caterers or vendors of food and alcoholic beverages and assume the responsibility and liability for controlling the service of alcohol and monitoring excessive consumption of alcohol. The Risk Management Department at the University of Denver maintains a list of approved third party vendors who may be contacted by student groups.

      Third party vendors must provide proof of liability insurance coverage with University minimum coverage requirements. This proof must be directly sent from the vendor’s insurance carrier to the University of Denver’s Risk Management Department.

    6. Food and non-alcoholic beverage options must also be served when alcohol is served. Alcohol service must stop within 15 minutes after food has run out.
    7. No event will be held for the sole purpose of consuming alcohol. The consumption of alcohol should not be promoted as the primary event focus.
    8. Events at which alcohol is served must not be open to the public. This means a guest list must be utilized and/or an area must be blocked off to prevent non-invited guests from being served.
    9. No alcohol can be sold in the Ricketson Law Building.
  3. Procedures for Student Sponsored Events with Alcohol
    1. In addition to the procedures outlined in section B, student organization-sponsored events, whether held on or off campus, must comply with the following:
      1. Any student group wishing to serve alcohol must petition the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs for permission to serve alcohol using the Alcohol Approval Form. This form must be completed no less than 10 business days prior to the event date. The Assistant Dean of Student Affairs will review the request to ensure all necessary information is provided, all contracts are complete, and will evaluate the event for compliance with the University’s Alcohol Policies and Procedures.
    2. Any event where fifty percent (50%) or more of the event attendees will be students and where alcohol is served is required to use drink tickets (provided by the Office of Student Affairs) allowing all students of legal drinking age in attendance a limit of two alcoholic beverages for the duration of the event.
  4. Advertising
    1. All promotional materials for the event must comply with the Sturm College of Law’s Posting Policy and should be consistent with the University’s philosophy of discouraging the excessive use of alcohol.