Alcohol Policy for Recognized Student Organizations

It is expected that all student organizations will have their activities (sponsored, authorized, sanctioned, and/or financed) approved by the group’s faculty/staff advisor. The student organization is responsible for assuring that alcohol consumption does not detrimentally affect the health and well being of those attending the event. Recognized student organizations may hold events involving alcoholic beverages under the following conditions:

  • Student organizations interested in sponsoring, endorsing, or financing an activity where there will be possession of alcohol must meet with the Assistant Director of Student Involvement & Employment at least five business days before the activity takes place.

  • The possession, sale, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages in public areas of the campus is prohibited.

  • Any situation sponsored, authorized, sanctioned, and/or financed by a student organization must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws and rules of the state county, city, and UWSP, and must comply with either BYOB (Bring Your Own Beverage) or third party vendor guidelines.

  • The group’s faculty/staff advisor must approve the event or activity.

  • No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through an organization’s funds, nor may the purchase of alcohol for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of, or on behalf of, the organization. The purchase or use of bulk quantity or common sources of such alcoholic beverage (i.e. kegs, cases, party, wop, etc.) shall be prohibited.

  • Open events, meaning those with unrestricted access to non-members of the undergraduate organization, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, shall be prohibited.

  • No members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (those under legal drinking age).

  • The organization or organizations must establish precautionary measures to ensure that alcoholic beverages are not served to persons under the legal drinking age or to persons who appear to be intoxicated.

  • No organization may enter into an agreement to co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor, charitable organization or tavern (defined as an establishment generating more than half of the annual gross sales from alcohol) where alcohol is given away, sold, or otherwise provided to those present.

  • All membership recruitment activities associated with any student organization shall be alcohol free.

  • No alcohol shall be present at any new member activity of the organization.

  • No event shall include any form of “drinking contests” or encourage the rapid consumption of alcohol in the activity or its promotion.

  • Non-alcoholic beverages and non-salty foods must be available at the same place as the alcoholic beverages. Food and non-alcoholic beverages must be featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.

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