Advertising. In accordance with campus policy, alcoholic beverages may not be advertised or promoted either on the Berkeley campus or at off-campus activities or events sponsored by campus units or campus-recognized groups and attended by students. Campus-recognized groups include organizations of students, employees, or alumni that are registered with the campus or that use the name of either the University of California or the Berkeley campus.
Liability Concerns. Anyone under 21 who drinks alcohol and anyone serving alcohol to someone under 21 is guilty of a misdemeanor under California Business & Professions Code Section 25658. Serving alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person is a misdemeanor under California Business & Professions Code Section 25602. The University’s insurance programs rarely cover employees charged with criminal behavior.
Liquor Licenses. Under University Delegation of Authority 554, no individual, group, or campus acting in the name of The Regents or in the name of the University may apply for a license to engage in the sale of any alcoholic beverage, including beer. Any license to provide or sell alcoholic beverages on campus must be issued in the name of an organization such as a faculty club, food service vendor, alumni group, or other independent entity. Chancellors have delegated authority to submit to the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control statements on behalf of organizations applying for licenses to serve liquor on campus. A written request that the license be issued and a written statement setting forth the reasons why issuance of the license would be in the public interest are both required before issuance of any license for an organization operating on University premises.
Risk Services Recommendation. Risk Services recommends that campus units or departments hosting events with alcohol hire a caterer with a liquor license and at least $1 million in liquor liability insurance to distribute alcohol at the event.