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Alcohol Policy

School of Law Alcohol Policy for Students

In accordance with its desire to ensure the safety of its students; to safeguard the public from harm; to promote academic excellence and professionalism; to create an environment imbued with respect and tolerance consistent with the Catholic, Marianist tradition; and to encourage the responsible use of alcohol by law students, the University of Dayton School of Law has adopted the following policies concerning the use of alcohol at law school events.

The School of Law is deeply concerned about the serious national problem of substance abuse among law students and attorneys and is committed to addressing this problem. The SBA, student organizations and law students involved in sponsoring events at which alcohol may be served undertake the responsibility to take steps to promote the responsible use of alcohol.

Basic University Policies

The School of Law’s policies supplement and in no way contradict the University's overall Alcohol Policy for University Activities and Events which reads as follows:

Alcohol Policy for University Activities and Events

The University of Dayton policy on alcohol is consistent with that of the state law of Ohio. Ohio state law prohibits the sale to, or consumption of any alcoholic beverage by any person under the age of 21. Alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus consistent with the state law and with the following University regulations:

A. General Guidelines

Clubs and/or organizations sponsoring events that are open to the general student population, either on or off campus, at which alcohol is served must register the event fifteen (15) working days prior to the event with the Office of the Dean of Students in order to know and adhere to the following guidelines:

  1. Experience has shown that the free distribution of alcohol at open events leads to abuse and to inappropriate social behaviors. Therefore, alcohol provided at an “open” event must be sold.
  2. The number of kegs permitted at an open student sponsored event will be determined by a formula provided to the host(s) upon registering the event with the [Dean of Students]. The maximum number of kegs allowed at an open student sponsored activity is 20, regardless of estimated attendance.
  3. The minimum charge per beer will be $1 with a maximum serving size of 12 fluid ounces. Bar servers will serve one beer per person at a time.
  4. Nonalcoholic beverages and food must be available in sufficient quantity to serve the anticipated number of guests through the completion of the event.
  5. Consistent with the state law, an “F” permit, issued by the state of Ohio, is required at any event where alcohol is served and where a charge or fee is involved when the event is not covered by an existing permit to dispense alcoholic beverages. This regulation applies whether the charge is per glass or is a general cover charge at the door. The processing fee for an “F” permit application is $20 per application. Should a rain site/date be necessary for an event, an additional $20 fee will be assessed.
  6. Appropriate security for the event must be arranged through the Department of Public Safety. Security needs can be influenced by one or more of the following: type of event, location of event, time/date of event, number of participants involved or anticipated at the event.
  7. The host group or individuals sponsoring the event must follow all state, local and University laws regarding the distribution of alcohol and may be liable for damages resulting from improper or irresponsible service. It is the host group’s responsibility to make certain that underage drinking will not occur. A detailed list of the responsibilities for planning an event is available from the Office of the Dean of Students.
  8. Alcohol use must not be detrimental to the environment or to health or safety. It is not to be used in ways that demean or degrade individuals. Drinking situations that are potentially dangerous, such as “chugging” of alcoholic beverages, competitive drinking activities, and activities that employ peer pressure to force participants to consume alcohol are prohibited. Events where the promotion of irresponsible drinking is implied by procedure (e.g., pay one price, all you can drink) are not permitted. The use of any device that aids in irresponsible drinking is prohibited.
  9. The sponsoring organization will be held responsible for the complete management of the event including clean up.
B. Advertising

The primary emphasis in the advertisement of an event should, in fact, be the event. The availability of alcohol at an event should compliment, and not overshadow the value of the event. The advertising or publicizing of alcoholic beverages must meet the following University guidelines:

  1. The word “beer” may be used in advertising.
  2. The amount of alcohol/beer available at the event cannot be promoted.
  3. The price per glass and beer distributor used cannot be advertised.
  4. Phrases such as “all you can drink” or “free beer,” the advertisement of special price breaks such as “2 for 1”, and jargon such as “Hairy Buffalo” cannot be used.
  5. Alcoholic beverages may not be used as prizes.

Additional Policies

A. Events held off campus will require the purchase of additional liability insurance (i.e., event insurance) for all student organization funded/sponsored events involving the service of alcohol. The coverage shall be of the amount and type designated by the University of Dayton Environmental Safety/Insurance Office. A copy of the certificate of insurance must be provided to the Dean of Students five business days before the event.

B. The service of hard liquor is prohibited at all student organization funded/sponsored events, on or off campus.

C. Host organizations are required to provide bar service personnel who agree to comply with the following criteria:

  1. bar servers must be a minimum of 21 years of age;
  2. bar servers must agree not to consume alcohol while the event is in progress;
  3. bar servers must not serve anyone who is under the age of 21 nor anyone who is intoxicated; and
  4. bar servers will serve one drink per person at a time.

D. The bar will close thirty minutes prior to the scheduled end of any event, and under no circumstance shall any event be scheduled to operate past midnight.

E. Subject to the exception provided in paragraph F below, other than the bartender’s fee, the sponsoring organization will NOT pay any costs associated with the operating of the bar. Organization funds, including those obtained via the sale of tickets or an entrance fee, will not be used to subsidize the purchase of alcohol.

F. The Dean of Students may approve the service of limited amounts of free wine or beer at on-campus events related to the School’s educational, professional, or public service missions. In such cases, the following guidelines will be employed:

  1. The Faculty Advisor must serve as host and be present throughout the event.
  2. Wine or beer will be served by the glass from serving stations or by bar servers going from table to table. Bottles of wine or beer or other containers will not be accessible to anyone other than a designated bar server.
  3. Organizations will limit the amount of wine or beer served to an individual. 

G. Host organizations and individuals are responsible for the behavior of attendees through the conclusion of the event. This includes the responsibility to take appropriate steps to prevent participants from taking alcoholic beverages to or from the event.

H. The advertising rules imposed by the University apply to all forms of advertising, including, but not limited to, posters, electronic messages, and chalkboard notices.

I. Organizational and/or individual violations of this policy may result in sanctions by the School of Law and may bear upon the determination as to whether a student possesses the character and fitness required to practice law.


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