Alcohol and Controlled Substances at the University
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The University at Albany is committed to upholding all state and federal laws regarding Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances, establishing an approval process for the responsible Sale and Service of Alcoholic Beverages at University Related Events in limited circumstances, minimizing the misuse of alcohol, maintaining a drug-free workplace, and providing education on the risks associated with the use and abuse of alcohol and Controlled Substances, as well as offering prevention service and referral to treatment as indicated and appropriate.
All University Community members should be aware that there are significant psychological and physiological health risks associated with the abuse of Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances (see related documents). Physical addiction, loss of control and withdrawal symptoms as well as serious damage to vital organs of the body can result from abuse of Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substance.
Alcoholic Beverage(s) is any alcohol or alcoholic beverage(s) as defined in the New York State Alcoholic Beverage Control Law Article 1, Paragraph 3.
Campus or Campuses is any University owned, leased, licensed or operated space, facility, property, grounds, equipment, motor vehicle or building, excluding Brubacher Hall.
Campus Event Alcohol for the purpose of this policy is defined as the types of Alcoholic Beverages permitted at Events on Campus. Campus Event Alcohol is limited to beer, wine (including champagne), and hard cider. If prior written approval to serve or sell other types of Alcoholic Beverages has been obtained from the Responsible University Official, then for that Event only, Campus Event Alcohol will also include any additional Alcoholic Beverages approved to be Served or Sold at that Event only.
Controlled Substance is a drug or other substance, or immediate precursor, included in schedule I, II, III, IV, or V of part B of title 21 USCS Section 812 of the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
Employee is any faculty member or staff employed by the University at Albany. This includes permanent, temporary, full-time, part-time, hourly, provisional or any other person who is on the payroll of the University in any capacity.
Event(s) is any on Campus activity sponsored, funded, or organized by the University, Students, Employees, University-related Organizations, or Third Parties, including, but not limited to, formal and informal gatherings, parties, and presentations by and for Students and/or Employees, but excludes informal student gatherings within Residence Halls.
Event Host is the individual or group sponsoring an Event that takes place on Campus.
Freshman Designated Housing is Campus residential areas specifically dedicated to Freshman students. See https://www.albany.edu/housing/license.shtml
Health Sciences Campus is that portion of the University at Albany Biosciences Development Corporation’s grounds and facilities used under lease or license by the University, New York State Department of Health, or Research Foundation for SUNY for University operations.
Impaired, for the purpose of this policy, means being unable to perform his or her duties as a result of a debility which may be caused by use of an Alcoholic Beverage or Controlled Substance.
Reasonable Suspicion is a specific, reliable observation that the appointing authority or designee can articulate concerning the appearance, behavior, speech or body odor of an Employee regarding whether the Employee is suffering from an inability to perform their duties due to use of an Alcoholic Beverage or Controlled Substance. The following observations may indicate such use: unsteady gait, odor of alcohol on the breath, thick or slurring speech, aggressive or abusive language or behavior, and disorientation or lethargy. It is also not unreasonable for the appointing authority to consider the employee’s time and attendance patterns, such as absences around weekends, pass days or payday, excessive use of sick leave, excessive lateness and unauthorized absences, on-the-job accidents, difficulty in recalling instructions or conversation, poor relationships with co-workers and supervisors, and other variations in productivity when determining if a Reasonable Suspicion exists.
Responsible University Official is the Responsible University Official for this policy unless denoted otherwise.
Residence Halls, for the purpose of this policy, are defined as the residential buildings on the quadrangles, Indian, State, Colonial, Dutch, and Alumni as well as the University Apartment complexes, Freedom Quad, Empire Commons and Liberty Terrace.
Sale, Sold, or Selling of Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol is the act of dispensing Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol through direct sale or at an Event where alcohol is dispensed and any of the following occur:
- an admission charge or tickets are sold
- donations are collected
- items, including cash, are bartered or traded in exchange for Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol
- food is sold (even if Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol is free)
Serve, Served, Service or Serving of Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol is the dispensing of Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol in any fashion, whether Sold or given away, for consumption by an individual at an Event.
Student(s) for the purpose of this policy is defined as anyone registered for courses, either full time or part time, online or on Campus, pursuing undergraduate, graduate, or professional studies either in a degree program or in non-degree status or auditing classes; anyone who confirms their intent to enroll in programs and attends orientation sessions; and anyone who resides in the residence halls for any purpose, including camps, vacation, between semesters housing, or to take classes at other institutions.
Third Party or Parties is any person, organization, group or entity not legally affiliated with the University including, but not limited to, the general public, contractors, vendors, guests and visitors to the University or Campuses, those using University facilities or property under a University revocable permit, and volunteers whether or not enrolled as such on University systems.
UAS is University Auxiliary Services at Albany, Inc.
University is the University at Albany, State University of New York.
University Community is the University Students, Employees, University-related Organizations, and all volunteers, vendors, contractors, visitors, and guests who regularly or periodically occupy and/or utilize the Campuses of the University at Albany.
University Related Event is any event where the University or any University-related Organization is the primary organizing or financing entity for the event, where University business is to be conducted or which is related to the University via title of the event or use of University name, marks, and logos.
University-related Organization or Organization(s) is one or all of the following entities associated with the University: University at Albany Foundation, Research Foundation for State University of New York, University Auxiliary Services at Albany, Inc., University at Albany Bioscience Development Corporation, Alumni Association of the State University of New York at Albany, Empire Commons Student Housing, Inc., Student Association State University of New York at Albany, Inc., University at Albany Graduate Student Association, and Five Quad Volunteer Ambulance Service, Inc.
SUNY is the State University of New York.
- General Restriction on Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances on Campus
- It is illegal in New York State and prohibited by the University for any person under the age of 21 to possess any Alcoholic Beverages with the intent to consume the Alcoholic Beverages; or for Alcoholic Beverages to be made available, by Sale or otherwise, to anyone under 21 years of age, or to anyone who is visibly intoxicated.
- Possession of open containers of Alcoholic Beverages or consumption of Alcoholic Beverages are not permitted on Campus except as specifically authorized by this policy under Section C regarding Students, Section D regarding Sale and Service of Campus Event Alcohol on Campus, or under University Tailgating Rules. Possession of open containers of Alcoholic Beverages or consumption of Alcoholic Beverages on Campus may be subject to municipal open container laws in addition to this policy.
- The possession, use or distribution of a Controlled Substance or any drug unlawful to possess is a violation of law and University policy, except as expressly permitted by law or University Office of Environmental Health and Safety policy on Use of Controlled Substances in Research. Consistent with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (Public Law 101-226), all Students and Employees are advised that individuals who violate federal, state and/or local laws and University policy regarding Controlled Substances are subject to University disciplinary action and/or criminal prosecution. Penalties may include attendance and completion of appropriate rehabilitation programs in addition to federal, state, local and/or University sanctions.
- All University visitors, guests, and Other Third Parties are subject to University policy 6.4 Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order for their conduct on Campus and are required to follow all aspects of this policy.
- Employees -- drug and alcohol free workplace
- In accordance with federal law and New York State policy, per the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations:
- Employees of the University are prohibited from distributing, selling, attempting to sell, possessing, or purchasing Controlled Substances while at the workplace or while performing in a work-related capacity, except for possession with a valid prescription. Such illegal acts, even if engaged while in off duty status, may result in criminal, civil and disciplinary penalties.
- Employees of the University are prohibited from on-the-job use of, or impairment from, Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances.
- Use of prescribed drugs by Employees of the University is legal if under a doctor’s supervision. The use of prescribed drugs without a physician’s prescription is illegal and therefore prohibited and punishable.
- Pursuant to SUNY Policy 3400 Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act/Drug-Free Work Place Act Compliance, the Campus must be free from unlawful possession, use, or distribution of Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances. University-related Organizations residing on Campus must abide by this policy.
- No Employee shall report to work unfit for duty at the beginning of a shift or upon returning from any break, lunch or rest period, as a result of consuming or being under the influence of Alcoholic Beverages and/or Controlled Substances, except when the use of a Controlled Substance is pursuant to the instructions of a medical provider who has advised the Employee that the substance does not adversely affect the Employee’s ability to safely execute their employment duties.
- If a supervisor suspects that an Employee is under the influence of an Alcoholic Beverage(s) or a Controlled Substance while at work, the supervisor should immediately inform the University Office of Human Resources Management. The University Office of Human Resources Management will assist the supervisor in performing due diligence to ascertain whether there is a Reasonable Suspicion that the Employee is Impaired by Alcoholic Beverages or a Controlled Substance and is unable to perform the duties of their position.
- Once a determination is made that the University Employee is using, is under the influence of, or is not able to perform their duties due to use of Alcoholic Beverages or a Controlled Substance, the University shall determine appropriate next steps, including, but not limited to, making arrangements for the Employee to undergo medical testing, contacting the University Police Department or other appropriate law enforcement agencies, making a referral to the Employee Assistance Program, and/or taking disciplinary action against the Employee up to and including termination, pursuant to the procedures contained in the applicable collective bargaining agreement and in compliance with applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations including Section 72 of the Civil Service Law.
- All members of the University Community found to be in violation of law as per this policy will be reported to the University Police Department and may face criminal charges.
- If an employee, volunteer, vendor, contractor, visitor, or guest of a University-related Organization is suspected of being under the influence or impaired by Alcoholic Beverages or a Controlled Substance, the applicable University-related Organization shall be notified and the University may take action or require that action be taken as deemed appropriate to remove the person from Campus if such person, in the opinion of the University, is in any way disrupting the normal operation of the Campus.
- Employees must notify the University Office of Human Resources Management or the Human Resources Office of their employer who shall in turn notify the University Office of Human Resources Management of any criminal conviction for a Controlled Substance related activity in the workplace no later than five (5) working days after such conviction. The University will notify appropriate federal agencies of such a conviction within ten (10) days of receiving notice of a conviction.
- In accordance with New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law Article 19A, Section 509 (I), Employees who are considered drivers under this law have to notify their supervisor of a receipt of notification that their license, permit, or privilege to operate a motor vehicle has been revoked, suspended, or withdrawn or that they have been convicted of a violation of any provision of Section 1192 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law as shall constitute a misdemeanor or a felony in any jurisdiction before the end of the business day on which such notification is received.
- The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 (OTETA) also requires the University or University-related Organization to conduct pre-employment, pre-assignment (promotion), reasonable suspicion, post-accident, random, follow-up and return to duty alcohol and Controlled Substance testing on all Employees whose positions require the possession of a Commercial Driver’s License(CDL).
- After January 1, 1996, an Employee covered by OTETA and notified of being in a safety sensitive position as defined by the rules of OTETA is further prohibited from the consumption of Alcoholic Beverages four (4) hours prior to operating a commercial motor vehicle (CMV). No supervisor having knowledge that an Employee in such a position has used Alcoholic Beverages within four (4) hours shall permit that Employee to operate a CMV. No Employee serving in a safety sensitive position as defined by the OTETA shall report to work in a condition that violates the act and the corresponding rules.
- Work-related accidents or injuries involving state vehicles, equipment and/or property where it can be demonstrated that the use of Alcoholic Beverages or Controlled Substances may have been a contributing factor will result in formal disciplinary action which can include penalties up to and including termination of employment. In addition, Employees serving in safety sensitive positions covered under OTETA shall be required to take post-accident alcohol and Controlled Substance tests. An employee serving in OTETA covered position shall not use Alcoholic Beverages or a Controlled Substance, with the exception of those prescribed and directed to be taken by a medical provider, for either eight (8) hours following an accident or until the employee undergoes the post-accident alcohol test, whichever occurs first.
- The University will make an effort to maintain an alcohol and Controlled Substance-free workplace. This effort will include alcohol and Controlled Substances awareness education, an Employee Assistance Program and the implementation and strict enforcement of this policy.
- Where written University policy conflicts with the collective bargaining agreements, the collective bargaining agreements shall govern.
- In accordance with federal law and New York State policy, per the Governor’s Office of Employee Relations:
- Students – drug and alcohol free educational environment
- Students are subject to the University Community Rights and Responsibilities (Student Code of Conduct) regarding possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of prescription drugs on Campus.
- Pursuant to section A (1) of this policy, no person under the age of twenty-one (21) years may possess or consume Alcoholic Beverages at any time on Campus.
- Individuals of legal drinking age in New York State may not provide Alcoholic Beverages to Students under the legal drinking age of twenty-one (21), roommates, suitemates, visitors or guests, or other Third Parties.
- Alcohol may only be Sold and Served at off-campus registered Student organization events when the Office of Student Involvement and its Student Organization Resources Center (SORC) have determined that:
- All applicable federal, state, local laws and University policies will be followed; and
- An appropriate risk management plan will be implemented by the sponsoring Student organization. Contact the SORC at [email protected] with any questions.
- The prohibition of carrying open containers of Alcoholic Beverages or consuming Alcoholic Beverages on Campus, as detailed in section A (2) of this policy, includes movement between Residence Hall rooms or apartments with an open container of an Alcoholic Beverage.
- All Students who live in Residence Halls are subject to the applicable University Residence Hall license regarding possession and consumption of Alcoholic Beverages and are responsible for informing their visitors and guests of the same.
- Visitors and guests in Residence Halls are required to follow the rules regarding Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances listed in the University Student Code of Conduct and Residence Hall license. Failure of visitors or guests to abide by these rules may lead to immediate removal from Campus under University policy 6.4 Rules for the Maintenance of Public Order and the Student who the visitors or guest was visiting may be held accountable under the Student Code of Conduct.
- Professional residential or faculty Employees over the age of twenty-one (21) are exempt from the University Residence Hall license restrictions on possession and consumption of Alcoholic Beverages in Freshman Designated Housing within their assigned living accommodations.
- Students, including those over the age of twenty-one (21), are subject to the rules regarding specific University prohibitions of behaviors that promote excessive and unsafe consumption of Alcoholic Beverages outlined in the Student Code of Conduct and are responsible for informing their visitors and guests of the same.
- Compliance with all requests by University staff, including Residential Life staff or University Police in verifying proof of twenty-one (21) year old age status of any Student or Third Party is required. If there is reasonable suspicion to believe that an Alcoholic Beverage might be in squeeze bottles, cups or other such containers, University staff reserve the right to approach Students, visitors or guests, verify the contents of such container and hold individuals accountable under the provisions of this policy.
- Driving on Campus under the influence of Alcoholic Beverages, non-prescribed or excessive prescribed Controlled Substances is strictly prohibited and violators may be subject to arrest, loss of driving and parking privileges on campus, and disciplinary action up to suspension or expulsion from the University.
- The University will maintain education and prevention, intervention, and referral services and programs on use and abuse of Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances and make the information about these services and programs widely available to all Students. University Counseling and Psychological Services provides prevention and early intervention services; the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research provides prevention and education services. University Counseling and Psychological Services (www.albany.edu/caps/) can be reached at (518) 442-5800. The Middle Earth Peer Assistance Program, which offers information and referral as well as alcohol and drug education under the supervision of the Center for Behavioral Health Promotion and Applied Research can be reached at (518) 442-5777 and on the web at www.albany.edu/middleearthcafe/.
University Counseling and Psychological Services are located at 400 Patroon Creek Boulevard, Suite 104 Albany NY 12206 and the Middle Earth Peer Assistance program is located in B005 (Basement Level), Seneca Hall, Indian Quad.
- The University will maintain and make publicly available information on the sanctions for Student infractions of prohibited use of Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances in the University’s Community Rights and Responsibilities (Student Code of Conduct)
- The sanctions specified in the Sanction Guide, under alcohol and drugs respectively, are the minimal expectations applied by staff in most Student conduct cases involving alcohol and other drugs. The University's response is not restricted to those sanctions listed in the protocol. Students are advised that illegal possession and/or use of Alcoholic Beverages and Controlled Substances is strictly prohibited at the University.
- Parents of Students who are under the age of twenty-one (21) are notified in writing of any alcohol or Controlled Substances violations by their child.
- The University maintains amnesty policies exempting Students who reach out for assistance in case of a medical emergency or to report an incident of sexual misconduct from code of conduct violations for alcohol and drug use which can be found in the Student Code of Conduct.
- Sale and Service of Campus Event Alcohol on Campus
- Selling or Serving Campus Event Alcohol at any Event, including informal events and University Related Events, requires the prior written approval of the Responsible University Official which may be requested using the procedures promulgated in support of this policy.
- Sale or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at any Event shall be limited to beer, wine (including champagne), and hard cider. No Alcoholic Beverages other than these three types, including any other liquor or spirits may be Served or Sold at any Event. The Selling or Serving of Campus Event Alcohol at an Event, including at University Related Events, regardless of funding source is prohibited during the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Standard or Daylight time as applicable Monday through Friday.
- Sales and Service of Campus Event Alcohol at an Event, in any quantity, may only be conducted under a New York State liquor license issued to either the UAS-contracted caterer; a third party caterer approved for use by UAS and the UAS- contracted caterer; or on the Health Sciences Campus, the UAS-contracted caterer or a caterer approved by the Responsible University Official (the provision of Campus Event Alcohol at Events held on the Health Sciences Campus is addressed in Section F(2) of this policy). This restriction applies to any individual, group, entity, organization, club, department, college, school, or office of the University Community or any outside user of the Campus under a revocable or other permit.
- In no instance will Campus Event Alcohol in any quantity be Served or Sold at an Event by any person other than an employee or agent of and operating under the supervision of the UAS contracted caterer, a third party caterer approved by UAS and the UAS contracted caterer or for the Health Sciences Campus a caterer approved by the Responsible University Official. At no time will Campus Event Alcohol be self-served or Served by a member of the University Community other than by an assigned staff member or agent of the UAS-contracted caterer or other caterer approved by UAS and the UAS-contracted caterer or for the Health Sciences Campus a caterer approved by the Responsible University Official.
- Possession or consumption of Campus Event Alcohol outside of the area specifically designated for the Campus Event is strictly prohibited and will be considered a violation of this policy and municipal open container laws.
- To obtain approval to serve Campus Event Alcohol at any Event, including University Related Events, all Event Hosts must follow the procedures promulgated under this policy.
- Employees attending any Event held on Campus or elsewhere where Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol is Sold or Served shall not report back to work Impaired.
- Regardless of whether an Event charges admission, Campus Event Alcohol must only be Sold or Served on an individual basis directly to those persons twenty-one (21) years or older. This includes Events or performances where tickets are sold and Campus Event Alcohol is provided free of charge or in exchange for a purchased ticket.
- The Responsible University Official may allow exceptions to the requirements of sections D(2) and D(3) of this policy in extremely limited and unique circumstances using the procedures promulgated under this policy.
- The Responsible University Official shall be solely responsible for determining what type of Alcoholic Beverage is included in Campus Event Alcohol when an exception is granted.
- Sale and Services of Alcoholic Beverages at University Related Events off Campus
- The Selling or Serving of Alcoholic Beverages included as part of the event, at University Related Events held off Campus, regardless of funding source, is prohibited during the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern Standard or Daylight time as applicable Monday through Friday.
- The Responsible University Official will solely determine whether a proposed University Related Event held off Campus meets the requirements of this policy.
- University Related Events must have a purpose other than the consumption of Alcoholic Beverages and Alcoholic Beverages may not be used for drinking games or as contest prizes.
- Advertising for a University Related Event that includes the Sale or Service of Alcoholic Beverages must follow the University’s policy on Use of University Marks and may not suggest or indicate the availability of Alcoholic Beverages, nor may it suggest an event purpose associated with consumption of Alcoholic Beverages.
- The venue chosen for a University Related Event held off Campus at a commercial business must be a venue whose primary purpose and business is not the sale and service of Alcoholic Beverages.
- For University Related Events held off Campus where Alcoholic Beverages are to be Sold or Served, the venue where the University Related Event is to be held, or catering business serving the Alcoholic Beverages, must assume all liability with regard to the Sale or Service of Alcoholic Beverages either under proper local and/or state licenses and permits and liability insurance or personal liability.
- NYS Liquor License
- A license from the NYS Liquor Authority is required for Sale and Service of Campus Event Alcohol at all Events held on Campus.
- The UAS-contracted catering vendor holds the sole NYS Liquor Authority permit for the Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol on Campus except for the Health Sciences Campus. The provision of alcohol at Events held on the Health Sciences Campus is addressed in Section F(2) of this policy.
- The license is specific to the premises of the UAS-contracted catering vendor in the Campus Center on the University Uptown Campus.
- By extension of that license, the UAS-contracted catering vendor may issue temporary permits for UAS-contracted catering vendor catered Events only at other sites on Campus, other than the Health Sciences Campus. The provision of Campus Event Alcohol at Events held on the Health Sciences Campus is addressed in Section F(2) of this policy.
- Event Hosts are required to obtain the approval of the Responsible University Official to serve Campus Event Alcohol at an Event on Campus as detailed in the procedures promulgated under this policy before contacting the UAS catering vendor or for the Health Sciences Campus an outside caterer.
- Event Hosts need to contact the UAS catering vendor as detailed in the procedures promulgated under this policy at least four (4) weeks in advance of an Event at which Campus Event Alcohol may be served or sold.
- In conjunction with the UAS-contracted catering vendor, Event Hosts where Campus Event Alcohol is Served or Sold assume full responsibility for the enforcement of all laws and university polices regarding the Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol. This includes:
- the requirement to also serve sufficient non-alcoholic beverages and food at Events;
- the requirement of proof of age for any individual choosing to consume Campus Event Alcohol which must be presented to the Event host or their designee at the event.
- Acceptable forms of proof of age include a valid driver’s license, a passport or Visa, a New York State non-driver ID, or a US military ID.
- Any identification cards from another university/college and a Sheriff’s ID are not acceptable forms of proof of age or identification
- It is illegal and prohibited by the University for an individual to present any identification or proof of age that is false, fraudulent, or not actually his or her own, for any purpose including that of obtaining or attempting to obtain Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol.
- In the event the UAS-contracted catering vendor declines to cater an Event and instead approves a third party caterer, the third party caterer must provide UAS and the Responsible University Official with its approved NYS liquor authority authorization and premises insurance naming UAS and the University at Albany as insured.
- Other locations under control of University-related Organizations
- Camp Dippikill consists of 850 acres in Warrensburg, New York owned and operated by the Student Association of the State University of New York at Albany, Inc. Use of Alcoholic Beverages at Camp Dippikill is subject to all federal, state and local laws and University policies with respect to the consumption of Alcoholic Beverages or Campus Event Alcohol. Administration of this policy is the responsibility of the Student Association of the State University of New York at Albany, Inc. and the Director of Camp Dippikill.
- The Health Science Campus is owned by the University at Albany Biosciences Development Corporation (UABDC). UABDC property, including that portion comprising the Health Science Campus, is insured by private carriers and requires any outside vendor who provides catering to issue UABDC a certificate of liability insurance in which UABDC is named as an additional insured party in addition to the University. All Events to be held at the Health Sciences Campus where Campus Event Alcohol is to be Served or Sold require prior written approval of the Responsible University Official, a copy of which is to be provided to the UABDC Properties Operations Manager. All Events also require the submission of a NYS Liquor Authority Permit to the Responsible University official, with a copy to the UABDC Health Sciences Campus Operations Manager five business days prior to the scheduled date of the Event. All aspects of this policy and the procedures promulgated under this policy for Events, including the limit of types of Alcohol that may be Served or Sold as outlined in Section D(2) of this policy and the prohibition on serving Alcohol or Campus Event Alcohol Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. outlined in Section D(3) of this policy also apply to any Event held at the Health Sciences Campus.
- Nothing contained in this policy will relieve any person or organization of civil or criminal liability, or the responsibility to comply with any law, regulation, or statute.
- This policy is effective immediately upon approval.
- Hosting an Event that includes Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol
- First Step: The Event Host needs to obtain prior written permission from the Responsible University Official for Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at an Event as detailed in section B of these procedures. For Events to be held at the University Health Sciences Campus, the prior written permission of the Responsible University Official is also required and evidence of such permission should be provided to the UABDC Properties Manager.
- Second Step: The Event Host needs to secure the services of the UAS-contracted caterer, or outside caterer approved by UAS and the UAS-contracted caterer to Sell or Serve Campus Event Alcohol at the Event. This includes obtaining any required New York State Liquor License through the UAS-contracted caterer or approved external caterer as detailed in section D of these procedures. For Events to be held at the Health Sciences Campus, the Event Host must secure the services of either the UAS-contracted caterer or an external caterer to Sell or Serve the Campus Event Alcohol at the Event. Such entity shall provide the required New York State liquor license(s) and applicable insurance coverages naming the University and UABDC as additional insured to the Responsible University Official who will provide a copy to the UABDC as owner of the Health Sciences Campus.
- The Event Host also needs to make all other regular arrangements required for hosting an Event at the Campus including reserving space, arranging facilities, parking or University Police Department support, etc.
- Obtaining Permission from Responsible University Official for Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at a Campus Event.
- Complete and submit the Request for Sale or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at Event Form to the Responsible University Official for the policy at least six (6) weeks in advance of the planned event. Failure to meet this submittal deadline is grounds for immediate denial of the request.
- If you are planning a series of Events that are to include Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol, please submit one form for all Events in the series, but indicate the separate dates and times for each Event in the series.
- The Responsible University Official will review the request and consult with all applicable University offices.
- The Responsible University Official will respond in writing to all requests for Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at an Event within ten (10) business days of receipt of the Sale or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at Event Form. All decisions of the Responsible University Official are final.
- Obtaining a New York State License for Sale and Service of Campus Event Alcohol at a Campus Event
- Contact the UAS-contracted caterer at least four (4) weeks in advance of the planned Event to host an Event with Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at a Campus location on the Campus other than the Health Sciences Campus.
- For Events on the Health Sciences Campus contact either the UAS-contracted caterer or a properly licensed and insured external caterer at least four (4) weeks in advance of the Event.
- The caterer will apply for the New York State License for Sale and Service of Campus Event Alcohol on behalf of the Event Host and provide a copy of such license and appropriate certificates of additional insured parties to the Responsible University Official no later than one (1) week prior to the Event. If the liquor license and appropriate insurance forms are not provided to the Responsible University Official at least one (1) week prior to the Event, either the Event will be cancelled or proceed without the Sale or Serving of Campus Event Alcohol or Alcoholic Beverages of any kind.
- The caterer will advise the Event Host on the necessary mandatory food orders to accompany the application for the liquor license.
- Request an exemption from the restrictions on Sale and/or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at an Event
- All requests for exemptions need to be made in writing to the Responsible University Official with the original University at Albany Sale or Service of Campus Event Alcohol at Event Form.
- The exemption request must explain the requested exemption and the extraordinary circumstances that warrant consideration of an exemption.
- The Responsible University Official will make a decision on the request for exemption at the same time as the decision on the request to Sell or Serve Campus Event Alcohol at the Event is made. The decision of the Responsible University Official on the exception is final with no appeal available.