Penn Graduate Student Center

Alcohol Policies

Alcohol policies for graduate student organizations

If your graduate student organization hosts an event with alcohol, your organization is responsible for adhering to all State and University regulations. Become familiar with Penn’s alcohol and other drug policy before you plan your event. Also refer to Alcohol & Other Drug Program Initiatives information on registering events with alcohol.

You are liable for what happens at your event, legally and according to the University Policy.

Important to know: Your organization cannot exchange money for alcohol in any way, shape, or form. This is a state law, not Penn policy. You cannot sell alcohol at an event. You cannot sell tickets to an event if the ticket price includes alcohol (i.e., you cannot charge students to get into a happy hour). Basically, your organization always has to provide the alcohol for free or else go through a vendor who has a license to sell alcohol (like a bar or restaurant).

If you have any questions about alcohol policies, please contact Noelle Melartin from the Office of Alcohol & Other Drug Program Initiatives at

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