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UC IRVINE ADMINISTRATIVE POLICIES & PROCEDURES
Administrator: Associate Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs
Revised: August 2009
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This policy governs consumption of alcoholic and malt beverages on University premises under the administration of the Irvine campus. In every instance where consumption is permitted, the individuals and organizations involved are responsible for compliance with applicable local, state, and federal laws, this policy, and other applicable University regulations.
The Alcohol Policy of the University of California, Irvine is intended to serve the entire University community while taking into account the variety of roles occupied by members of the community. The policy is intended to provide clear, consistent and constructive guidelines for the application of standards and expectations for the consumption and serving of alcoholic beverages on campus.
2. Alcohol abuse and the resulting consequences have a significant negative impact on campus life and mar individual clarity of thinking, verbal and perceptual acuity, and mental alertness.
3. Members and guests of the campus community are expected to take individual responsibility for their drinking behavior and for the consequences of alcohol consumption.
4. The University is obligated to outline behavioral expectations of students, staff, faculty, and off-campus guests who (by permit or otherwise) use alcohol on University properties, or in conjunction with events sponsored by University departments, schools, or programs.
5. The University affirms its support for programs now on campus leading to wider understanding of the use and abuse of alcohol. UCI encourages further educational efforts designed for members of the University community who seek to make informed choices where alcohol is involved.
The fundamental goal of this alcohol policy is to encourage the development of an environment conducive to the intellectual and personal development of all University community members, while increasing awareness about alcohol issues. At all times, the University expects strict adherence to federal and state laws regarding alcohol consumption.
Inherent in this policy is the University's goal to develop a community where:
2. Alternative, non-alcoholic beverages are accorded at least equal status to alcoholic beverages on campus.
3. Any moral implications of drinking are left to the discretion of the individual.
4. Choosing not to drink is as socially acceptable as choosing to drink.
5. Excessive drinking or drunkenness is not condoned.
6. Intoxication is no excuse for misconduct or infringing upon the rights of others.
7. Alcohol use is not the focus of social activities.
Important parts of State laws are summarized below:
2. It is unlawful for a person under the age of 21 to possess alcoholic beverages on any street or highway or in any public place or in any place open to public view. (California Business and Professions Code, Sec. 25662)
3. It is a misdemeanor to sell alcoholic beverages any place in the state of California without a proper license issued by the California State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. (California Business and Professions Code, Sec. 23300)
4. It is a misdemeanor to sell, furnish, or give away an alcoholic beverage to any obviously intoxicated person. (California Business and Professions Code, Sec. 25602)
5. It is unlawful to issue a license to fraternities, sororities, or other undergraduate organizations to sell alcoholic beverages. (California Penal Code, Sec. 172e)
6. Any person found in a public place to be under the influence of an intoxicating liquor, drug, or controlled substance and unable to care for his/her own safety or who interferes with the use of a public way is guilty of disorderly conduct, which is a misdemeanor. (California Penal Code, Sec. 647.(f))
The possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages is permitted under the following circumstances:
a. In facilities licensed to sell or serve alcohol.
b. At campus functions for which a permit has been issued.
c. In accordance with Residence Complex policies, alcohol may be consumed without a permit by individuals 21 or older in individual residence hall rooms and residential apartments on University premises.
2. Age Requirement
No person under 21 years of age shall be furnished, served, or given an alcoholic beverage.
3. Serving and Selling Alcohol on Campus
a. General Conditions
(2) Consumption of alcoholic beverages with a permit shall occur only in the approved enclosed or inside area specified on the Permit. Any exterior service areas must be clearly defined in the application for the permit.
(3) Monitoring and serving of alcohol shall be under the direct supervision of approved and insured caterers. A list of approved caterers is available from UCI Food Services.
(4) All campus organizations which sponsor events where alcohol is served, whether on or off-campus, are encouraged to implement an alcohol awareness program that encourages responsible decisions about the use and non-use of alcohol.
b. Selling Alcohol
(2) Exchanging any consideration for alcoholic beverage service constitutes a sale. "Consideration" includes money, tickets, tokens, or chits that have been issued in exchange for money or anything else of value. The imposition of a uniform per person admission charge for the event, however, does not constitute a sale, provided the admission ticket or other evidence of payment is not exchangeable for alcoholic beverages.
(3) All food service providers operating on the campus, and serving alcohol, shall be informed of the campus alcohol policy and available alcohol education and awareness programs, and expected to support implementation of applicable parts of this policy in their establishments.
(4) All food service providers licensed to sell alcohol in a University facility shall be required to have a system of server training.
(5) The price of alcohol sold on campus shall not be at a level to encourage excessive consumption.
c. Conditions for Permit Approval
Sponsors of any event or gathering held on University premises where alcoholic beverages are consumed are responsible for obtaining a Permit to Serve Alcoholic Beverages on Campus. The following permit conditions shall prevail:
(2) Unless approved as an "open to the public" event, attendance shall be limited to members of the sponsoring group and their invited guests.
(3) Permits shall be approved before issuance of a confirmed Use of Facilities request. Permits will not be issued to groups for events where either the majority of the membership, or the membership and guests, is under 21 years of age.
(4) The event shall not be advertised to the public or University community as an event where alcoholic beverages are to be served. (See below for specific advertising policies.)
(5) Suitable non-alcoholic beverages and food shall be made available at all functions when alcoholic beverages are served. Non-alcoholic beverages should be of comparable quality and shall be featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.
(6) Servers and event assistants are prohibited from consuming any alcoholic beverages at the event. At events where some attendees are under 21 years of age, direct access to alcohol should be limited to individuals designated as servers for the event.
(7) No person under 21 years of age and no obviously intoxicated person shall be furnished, served or given an alcoholic beverage.
(8) The permit approving authority may require a wristband identification system when people under 21 years of age will be present.
(9) The chair of the event (e.g., sponsor's representative), other officers or representatives of the sponsoring organizations or group, and the party holding the license and/or serving alcoholic beverages are responsible for compliance with applicable laws, University policies, and regulations. The sponsor's representative must be 21 years of age or older.
(10) Event sponsors may be required to discontinue the consumption of alcohol up to 1 hour before the scheduled ending of the event.
(11) Sponsoring organizations shall take adequate measures to insure compliance with all the conditions set forth on the Permit to Serve Alcoholic Beverages on Campus. This includes providing institutionally approved security personnel as specified by the permit approving authority and UCI Campus Police.
(12) No social event shall include any form of "drinking contest" in its activities or promotion.
Permit approval is contingent upon adherence to established policies and regulations and shall be obtained as follows:
(2) After a permit has been approved by the appropriate facilities scheduling office, approval to serve alcoholic beverages must be obtained from the authorized administrators, as appropriate. (This authority has been delegated from the Chancellor and may be redelegated only as indicated.)
e. Permit Issuance
(2) The permit approving authority will notify the appropriate scheduling office, Campus Police, and the sponsor of all events issued a permit, by distributing copies of the approved permit.
4. Policy on the Support of Events by Beverage Alcohol Manufacturers and Distributors
Advertising - any printed media, (e.g., brochures, flyers, banners, newspapers) which promotes a product, service, or event.
Beverage alcohol manufacturer or distributor - any company or individual whose principal business is the manufacture, distribution, or retail sale of alcoholic beverages.
Event sponsor - the Registered Campus Organization, University department, University Club, recognized University support group, or off-campus "renter" organizing an event in University facilities or for official University events. Off-campus renters of campus facilities must comply with this policy at their events.
a. Event Sponsorship
Support of campus events by alcohol beverage manufacturers and distributors is permitted only within these guidelines:
(2) When a donation has been made in support of a program, the name of an alcohol beverage manufacturer or distributor shall not be connected to the name of the event itself, but may be listed as a contributor to the event. Exceptions to the policy may be made by the Chancellor or the Chancellor's designee.
(3) Sponsors shall not provide alcoholic beverages as free incentive awards to individual students, campus organizations or departments. Where controlled sampling is allowed by law and the campus alcohol policy, it should be limited as to time and quantity. Principles of good hosting should be observed including availability of alternative beverages, food, and planned programs. The consumption of beer, wine, or distilled spirits should not be the sole purpose of any activity. There shall be no drinking contests of any kind.
(4) University departments, Registered Campus Organizations or officially recognized University support groups who accept support from beverage alcohol manufacturers or distributors shall not distribute promotional clothing, specialty items, or other consumer items which utilize the University name, seal, or logo in combination with an alcoholic beverage trademark, logo, or company name, or which imply University endorsement of their product or company in any way, regardless of whether such promotional items are free or for sale.
(2) The only form of advertising permitted is that connected with an event or sponsored program. "Marketing" of alcoholic beverages independent of sponsorship, is not permitted on campus or at university sponsored functions. The name of an beverage alcohol manufacturer or distributor may not be connected to the name of the event or program itself, but may be listed as a sponsor of an event. For example an ad might say, "UCI Noon Concert Series, sponsored by XYZ Beer" instead of "XYZ Beer's UCI Noon Concert Series."
(3) If the name of an beverage alcohol manufacturer or distributor is printed as a sponsor, the alcoholic beverage trademark, logo, or company name must be subordinate to the message concerning the event itself. Subordinate is defined as not more than 25% of the total space in the advertisement, poster, or imprinted item.
(a) Publications protected by the First Amendment are specifically exempted from the advertising policy.
(b) Publications and printed material produced by campus units and campus-recognized groups are subject to the provisions of this policy.
(4) No event where alcohol will be served may be advertised or offered to the public or University community as an event where alcoholic beverages will be served. The use of symbols or pictures implying the presence of alcohol at an event is prohibited. All event advertising targeted for the campus, and/or held on campus should conform to University policies and procedures and should avoid demeaning sexual or discriminatory portrayal of individuals or the University logo, mascot, or seal.
(5) Event marketing and event advertising sponsored by beverage alcohol manufacturers or distributors should not encourage any form of alcohol abuse nor should it place emphasis on quantity or frequency of use. Advertising should not portray drinking as a solution to personal or academic problems or as necessary to social, sexual, athletic, or academic success. In addition, advertisements may not associate alcohol with the performance of tasks that require skilled reactions, such as driving an automobile, or suggest that drinking is the sole purpose or dominant theme of an event.
(6) No product pictures are permitted.
(7) Any advertising sponsored by a beverage alcohol manufacturer or distributor should carry a positive educational message and not imply that alcohol is the main focus of the ad.
c. Off Campus Events
All University sponsored events held off campus shall comply with this policy.
Violations of this policy by faculty, staff, students, alumni, invitees, or guests shall be referred to the University administration and/or appropriate legal authority as required.
Sponsoring organizations and individuals should be cognizant of vicarious liability and the consequences to the organization should a vicarious liability suit be filed against the organization/individual when a person, regardless of age, attending an event and consuming alcoholic beverages is involved in an accident resulting in personal injury and/or death.
Organizations should also be aware of their exposure to legal risk when event sponsors permit the violation of laws concerning alcohol at their event. These laws include serving alcohol to minors or intoxicated individuals.
(2) Information regarding this policy shall be distributed to University departments, registered campus organizations, student government organizations, and officially recognized University support groups electronically and through printed materials, staff training, workshops, and the student handbook.
(3) The Committee of Permit Approving Authorities may convene to review permits for events open to the public.
(4) The Associate Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs serves as the campus liaison with the State of California Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.
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