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Alcohol Use Policy

The purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages is regulated by state law and University policies. Under state law, no one under the age of twenty-one (21) may purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages.

Service or consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus or at activities sponsored by University organizations or units requires special permission from the Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Operations. All consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus involving students requires an additional endorsement from the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Students. A minimum of two (2) signatures are required on the request forms from the sponsoring organization or group, agreeing to comply with state law and University policies, including:

To request permission to serve alcoholic beverages at an event, please submit the appropriate form at least two (2) weeks prior to the scheduled event. Instructions are provided on the second page.

  • Event including Students (PDF)
    • Requires a minimum of two (2) signatures by event/sponsoring organization
    • Requires approval by Vice Chancellor for Students (QLC 409)
    • Requires approval by Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Operations (Hawaii Hall 307)
  • Event attended by Faculty and Staff - No Students (PDF)
    • Requires a minimum of two (2) signatures by event/sponsoring organization
    • Requires approval by Vice Chancellor for Administration, Finance, and Operations (Hawaii Hall 307)

Alcohol consumption is permitted in dormitory rooms and student apartments occupied by individuals who are twenty-one (21) years of age or older. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in all public and common areas. Students and employees found to be in violation may be subject to the provisions of state law, University policy, and the Student Conduct Code.

Important Reminders:

  • Individuals representing organizations, units, or groups sponsoring activities at which alcoholic beverages are to be sold or served should be aware of their potential liability and other consequences incurred by them and their organization in the event a lawsuit is filed. It is recommended that liability insurance be purchased before the service or sale of alcoholic beverages is approved.
  • Alcoholic beverages cannot be served at events or activities open to the public.
  • Event advertisements, flyers, and announcements at which alcoholic beverages are to be served must state that only members and invited guests may attend.
  • In order to serve alcoholic beverages at functions which include non-university guests, such guests must be personally and individually invited.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages must be provided at all functions where alcohol is being served or sold. It is strongly recommended that food also be made available.
  • The safety and security of all attendees must be assured.
  • Sale of alcoholic beverages must occur only under an appropriate license from the Honolulu Liquor Commission.