Alcohol in Religious Observances
Some religious practices or rituals include the use of wine. New Jersey law, which generally prohibits serving or making alcohol available to individuals under the age of 21, permits the serving of alcohol to individuals under the age of 21 as a part of a religious observance, ceremony or rite. Princeton University’s policies require individuals to comply with the laws of the state of New Jersey.
As responsible stewards of the health and well-being of University students, chaplains or others affiliated with the University are expected to conduct themselves consistent with University expectations within the range of the religious practice. The following three basic guidelines are intended to strike an appropriate balance between permitting and supporting various religious practices and ensuring a safe and healthy environment for our students.
- The chaplaincy that chooses to make alcohol available in a religious observance, ceremony or rite is responsible for the health and well-being of the students who participate in the observance.
- Only the minimum amount of wine reasonable for the observance or ceremony should be available.
- All members of the University community are obligated to act in accordance with the requirements of Rights, Rules, Responsibilities.
The University recognizes and supports the important role of faith and religious practice in the lives of its community members. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the Office of the Dean of Religious Life.