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Alcohol policies for graduate student organizations

If you host an event with alcohol, your organization is responsible for adhering to all State and University regulations.  You are liable for what happens, legally and according to the University.


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 are hosting an event with alcohol on campus, you must:

See for all of the rules around hosting an event w/ alcohol on campus.