Organizers who serve alcohol at an event take on a great responsibility. Not only must you follow the law, but you must also take appropriate precautions to insure that no one drinks enough to bring harm to themselves or to others. Only moderate consumption of alcohol may take place at events using University facilities or supported by University funds. An alcohol management training course (UCARE training) is required of all groups/parties wishing to serve alcohol at University events.

It is essential that you read and understand the University’s Alcohol Policy and follow the guidelines for serving alcohol.

University Alcohol Policy

A complete description of the Alcohol Policy is available in the Student Manual of University Policies and Regulations. A Synopsis of that policy follows:

The University prohibits all students and employees from the unlawful manufacture, possession, use, distribution, sale, or purchase of alcohol and illicit drugs on University premises or as part of any University activity. The University allows moderate consumption and/or possession of alcohol on University premises at approved functions (e.g. receptions) by those legally permitted to consume or distribute alcohol. Such functions must comply with all applicable University guidelines.

All members of the University community are responsible for full awareness of the requirements of federal and Illinois statutes and Chicago ordinances concerning the consumption, possession, and sale of alcohol. The University expects each member of the community to be responsible for his or her own conduct and the consequences of that conduct. Illinois law prohibits the consumption or possession of alcohol by persons under the age of 21 and the supplying of alcohol to any person under the age of 21.

Alcohol beverages may not be served at any event at which undergraduates are present unless prior written approval has been obtained at least one week in advance [Note: RSOs must adhere to the guidelines for serving alcohol from the Center for Leadership and Involvement or the appropriate Dean of Students. For events at which only graduate students over the age of 21 will be present, permission may be granted by your area Dean of Students. Student organizations that plan to serve alcoholic beverages at their functions must have the servers or the representative(s) of the function attend alcohol risk management training University of Chicago Alcohol Risk-reduction Education (UCARE) is available through UChicago Student Wellness. Please call (773) 834-WELL (9355) or visit for more information. The Permission to Serve Alcohol form must be completed upon completion of the UCARE class and must additionally be verified by your Center for Leadership and Involvement advisor.  Student organizations must complete UCARE training and the permission to serve alcohol form for any event at which they plan to serve alcohol, regardless of the facility to be used.  Any group/individual planning to use the Student Centers' facilities must complete the permission to serve alcohol form.

RSO Guidelines for Serving Alcohol & the Alcohol Request Form
Excerpt from the Student Manual on Alcohol and Other Drugs

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