Student Organization Handbook – Section IV. F.

Section IV. Planning Events

F. Alcohol at Events and Activities

The possession, sale, use or consumption of alcoholic beverages during a student organization event, in any situation sponsored or endorsed by the student organization, or at any event an observer would associate with the student organization, must be in compliance with any and all applicable laws of the state, province, county, city and Boise State University policy, and must comply with the Third Party Vendor Guidelines.

No alcoholic beverages may be purchased through or with student organization funds, nor may the purchase of same for members or guests be undertaken or coordinated by any member in the name of or on behalf of the student organization. The purchase or use of a bulk quantity or common source(s) of alcoholic beverage, for example, kegs or cases, is prohibited.

Open parties, meaning those with unrestricted access by non-members of the student organization, without specific invitation, where alcohol is present, are prohibited.

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

The possession, sale or use of illegal drugs or controlled substances while on University controlled property including University owned buildings, vehicles and/or grounds, or during a student organization event or at any event that an observer would associate with the student organization is strictly prohibited.

No student organization may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor or tavern at which alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at or on the property of a tavern as defined below for purposes of fundraising. However, a student organization may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for a closed event held within the provisions of this policy, including the use of Third Party Vendor Guidelines. An event at which alcohol is present may be conducted or co-sponsored with a charitable organization if the event is held within the provisions of this policy and the other provisions outlined in the Third Party Vendor Guidelines.

No student organization may co-sponsor, co-finance or attend or participate in a function at which alcohol is purchased by any of the host student organizations or groups without also complying with Third Party Vendor Guidelines.

All recruitment activities associated with any student organization will be non-alcoholic. No recruitment activities associated with any student organization may be held at or in conjunction with a tavern or alcohol distributor as defined in this policy.

No member, associate, new member or novice shall permit, tolerate, encourage or participate in “high-risk drinking” as defined below.

Failure to abide by the provisions of this policy may result in the loss of recognition of a student organization as well as other disciplinary and/or legal procedures as appropriate.

Hosting an Event

Student organizations wishing to rent or use a room or area in a tavern or other venue for a closed event at which students may purchase alcohol from a third party vendor should complete an Event Request in OrgSync for approval. A copy of the liability insurance for the third party vendor must be provided to Student Involvement prior to the event taking place. Additionally, the organization will be asked to attend an educational training sponsored by Student Involvement and Leadership Center prior to holding the event.


Alcohol Defined:  Any liquor (distilled spirits), beer (fermented malt beverage) or wine containing ethyl alcohol.

Tavern Defined:  Any establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol.

Lower Risk Drinking can be defined as:

  • Being 21 or older.
  • Drinking only if you want to, not letting others dictate your choice.
  • Eating a meal before drinking.
  • Drinking no more than one drink per hour; maximum 1 for women, two for men.  A drink is defined as 5 ounces of wine, 12 ounces of regular beer or 1.5 ounces of 80 proof spirits.
  • Alternating alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Always knowing what you are drinking; never leaving a drink unattended.
  • Knowing how you will get home safely before you go out. Having a designated driver.

High-Risk Drinking is defined as:

  • Chugging, drinking games, shots (drinking anything out of a punch bowl, trough, hose or funnel).
  • Drinking to get drunk (intoxicated).
  • Driving after drinking or riding with someone under the influence.
  • Drinking too much too fast.
  • Going to parties where people drink too much.
  • Not knowing what is in your glass or leaving it unattended.
  • Mixing alcohol with medications or illegal drugs.

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