Alcoholic Beverage Policy
Graduate students at Princeton University are expected to be acquainted with and to abide by both state and University regulations regarding the consumption of alcohol. They are also expected to be aware of the social, physiological and psychological consequences of excessive drinking in order to make responsible and informed decisions about the serving and consumption of alcohol. The University provides regular educational programs on alcohol and drug abuse, as well as counseling services.
The University alcoholic beverage policy is designed to be consistent with the laws of the State of New Jersey which, in general, prohibit the consumption and serving of alcoholic beverages by and to persons under 21 years of age. The policy also reflects the need for mutual respect and personal responsibility within a diverse community. Students are responsible for their behavior, whether or not they are under the influence of alcohol. Under no circumstances will the consumption of alcohol constitute a mitigating circumstance when it contributes to the violation of University regulations.
The University respects the right to privacy: its representatives will not enter dormitory rooms without substantive cause (i.e., without reasonable suspicion that University policies or regulations have been violated.) However, those individuals whose behavior infringes on the rights of others have, in essence, forfeited that privacy.
Alcoholic beverages will not normally be provided at University events where persons under the legal drinking age for consumption of alcoholic beverages are present. Those who are of legal drinking age and who wish to sponsor campus events with alcohol must comply with the guidelines established by the Office of the Dean of the Graduate School.
If given approval to serve alcoholic beverages, those organizing the event are responsible for ensuring that only those of legal drinking age are served. Availability of alcoholic beverages shall not be the primary focus of advertising for campus social events.
It is the primary responsibility of those in the presence of a severely intoxicated person to contact appropriate University or local medical or safety personnel (proctors, deans, McCosh Health Center Staff, Princeton Medical Center Staff, or local police or members of the rescue squad.) Intoxication will not be grounds for disciplinary action. Contacting the Department of Public Safety for assistance in transporting a student in need of medical attention will not, in itself, lead to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action will occur only if other circumstances indicating a violation of University policy are observed. In such an instance, the fact that students initiated a call for assistance will be considered a mitigating circumstance.
- The sponsoring organization must submit an Events Registration Form to Dean Secora at least three weeks prior to the event.
- Functions which include the serving of alcoholic beverages should focus on activities and programs rather than on the consumption of alcohol. The advertising should reflect the purpose of the event, not the serving of alcohol.
- When alcoholic beverages are served at an event, non-alcoholic beverages (such as soft drinks or cider) should also be available and visible.
- Events at which alcoholic beverages are served should include the serving of food in visible, accessible areas; the quantity of salted foods, which result in thirst and additional drinking, should be limited.
- Students are strongly urged to discourage peers from drinking excessively. When drinking becomes excessive and may result in destructive behavior or behavior which may threaten the safety of the individual or of others, those responsible for the event should notify a proctor and be prepared to assist the individual to the infirmary or to his/her dormitory room or apartment.
- If the organization will charge for entry to the event or for alcoholic beverages, the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control’s "Special Permit for Social Affairs" must be filed with the Office of Graduate Student Life, 109 Clio Hall, and with the State Office in Trenton in a timely manner. State approval will come in the form of a license, which will permit the organization to charge for entry to the event or for alcoholic beverages. To meet state requirements, each attendee must provide proof of legal drinking age to an "ID checker" at the door and/or at the bar area.
- If persons under 21 years of age will be present at the event, alcohol will be served in a designated area (e.g., beer garden) where access and consumption can be restricted to persons of legal drinking age.
- The Assistant Dean for Residence Life and Student Affairs, in consultation with the Department of Public Safety and others, will determine what security/safety measures will be necessary (e.g., proctor, uniformed officer) for the event.
- Although permission is not required for students over 21 years of age to host private parties in their apartments, they are responsible for following all alcohol guidelines.