Social Events & Alcohol
Since the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited (unless licensed for consumption of alcohol on the premises), any event being sponsored or hosted by a campus individual, university-recognized group, department, or office, must get approval to serve alcohol.
Guided by the University of Southern California’s Principles of Community, the university supports opportunities for students to promote an array of diverse views and to positively enhance the campus community through events and social programs. USC has adopted guidelines for major social and sponsored events in an effort to enrich the academic experience while maintaining the importance of safety and security within the campus community.
- Activities governed by this policy have the following characteristics:a. alcohol is present orb. there is amplified sound (either live or recorded)
II. This policy is not designed to discourage events which:
a. directly support the academic mission of the university;
b. expand the cultural awareness of USC students; or
c. are primarily intellectual or educational in nature.
1. All university recognized social events must be scheduled following procedures of the university, and all required clearances must be obtained.
2. Social events where alcohol is not provided by the host student organization are permitted Sunday through Thursday until midnight and Friday through Saturday until 2 a.m. Alcohol is not permitted at university dances sponsored by recognized student organizations.
2. Social events where alcohol is served by the host student organization are only permitted Thursday until midnight and Friday and Saturday until 2 a.m. Alcohol service must end by 1 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Distribution of alcohol to persons under the age of 21 is prohibited.
- The student organization must limit each attendee to a two-drink maximum.
- Alcohol must not be the main “focus” of the event.
- When alcohol is served, it is required that sufficient quantities of non-alcoholic beverages and food must be available.
- The Alcohol approval form must be completed by the host student organization and must be received by Trojan Event Services, with designated approval signatures prior to the event. This form can be found on the Trojan Event Services website.
- All members of the USC community are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws, including those governing alcohol consumption and distribution. Under California law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase alcohol or to possess alcohol in a public space. It is also illegal for anyone to furnish alcohol to an individual under the age of 21.
4. All members of the USC community are expected to abide by all federal, state and local laws, including those governing alcohol consumption and distribution. Under California law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to purchase alcohol or to possess alcohol in a public space. It is also illegal for anyone to furnish alcohol to an individual under the age of 21.
5. Amplified sound cannot exceed 90 dBA, when measured 50 feet from the source.
6. No social events may take place during university study days or final exams
7. All aspects of social events must be advertised in accordance with Section D.6. Advertising, Promotion and Literature Distribution.
8. Security. Fencing, staffing, identification checks, and the need for other security requirements will be determined by the Department of Public Safety and the University Events Committee, using considerations including but not limited to: history of event, scale of the event, nature of the event, liability and risk, health considerations, construction, and sponsorship.
9. Outdoor events and social dances must adhere to the guidelines detailed on the Outdoor Events and Social Dance Policy, available at the Trojan Event Services website.
Non-compliance with any of Trojan Event Services guidelines will constitute a violation. The first violation constitutes a written warning. The second violation will result in a fine determined by the nature of the violation. The third violation can result in the loss of all Trojan Event Services privileges.
Student involvement in underage consumption of alcohol or the manufacture, use, possession, distribution or sale of illicit drugs is a matter of concern to the university and will subject a student so involved to disciplinary action by the university. Dependent on the nature of the violation, university sanctions may include educational intervention, mandated community reparations, suspension, or expulsion aside from or in addition to prosecution under applicable state and federal laws. University action may be taken whether or not independent action is taken by civil authorities.
*SCampus Policy part F*
Fore more information on SCampus Policies visit: https://policy.usc.edu/scampus-part-g/