Alcohol Policy

  1. All students of the University of San Diego and their guests and visitors are subject to applicable California state law and the University of San Diego's alcohol policy regarding possession and consumption of alcohol. Please also see the University’s Alcohol and Drug Policy at:
  2. Possession and consumption of alcohol is permitted by persons 21 years of age or older only in private rooms within University residence halls, where at least one assigned resident is 21 years of age or older, except as noted below. Possession, consumption and storage of alcohol is prohibited in all residential common areas, eg. lobbies, public lounges, hallways, stairwells, common bathrooms, landings, common kitchens, balconies, patios, closets or outdoor areas.
  3. Furnishing alcohol to a person under the age of 21 years on University property or at a University-sponsored event is prohibited.
  4. No possession or consumption of alcohol is permitted by anyone in private residence rooms within University residence halls where all of the assigned residents are under 21 years of age.
  5. No possession or consumption of alcohol is permitted in living areas designated for freshmen students.
  6. In a room where alcohol consumption is permitted, no more than six (6) guests, 21 years of age or older, may be present while alcohol is being consumed, and no guests under 21 years of age may be present in the room while alcohol is being consumed. When alcohol is being consumed, all room doors must be closed.
  7. Movement between residence rooms where alcohol consumption is permitted with any type of receptacle containing alcohol is prohibited.
  8. Public display of intoxication while on University property or at a University-sponsored event is prohibited.
  9. Establishment of a private bar, storage of excessive quantities of alcohol or possession and/or use of a tap or keg is prohibited in all residence hall areas.
  10. Compliance with all requests by Residential Life or Public Safety personnel for proof of 21-year-old status is required.
  11. Driving while under the influence of alcohol is prohibited.
  12. Under special circumstances, with the advance approval through Banquets and Catering, permission for alcohol consumption at an event held on the University campus may be granted if:
    1. The event is sponsored by a registered campus organization and violations of any applicable California state law and/or the University’s alcohol policies are the responsibility of the individual and the sponsoring organization(s) or its representatives.
    2. The facility being utilized is to be scheduled through Campus Scheduling.
    3. The sponsoring organization(s) and its representative(s) establish and maintain strict controls for the events and will ensure that no minors consume, are served or transport alcoholic beverages to the facility or area.
    4. The event shall be considered a closed function open to the members of the sponsoring group and their invited guests only.
    5. Required administrative procedures will be followed and forms completed.
    6. The Associated Students and the Office of Student Affairs will not allocate funds to student organizations for off-campus events where alcohol is served, with the exception of instances where a proprietor with a liquor license assumes full responsibility for the selling, dispensing and control of any alcohol available to guests or participants at the event.
    7. Any and all types of advertising for any event, on or off campus, must not include information that alcohol will be served. This includes public media such as The Vista, campus calendars, student newsletters, flyers, banners, posters or invitations. The mention of alcoholic beverages cannot be included in advertising for the event, in any manner (i.e., words or phrases).