EFFECTIVE DATE: September 29, 2000
PRESIDENT: Max Castillo
This PS sets forth regulations regarding the service,
consumption, and distribution of alcoholic beverages at the
University of Houston - Downtown (UHD). The
University strictly adheres to all city, state, and federal
laws governing the distribution and consumption of
alcohol. The University is committed to the national
initiative of preventing the abuse of alcohol.
2.1 This policy applies to all on campus and offcampus events at which alcohol will be served. For
additional information, see PS 04.A.02, Student Use of
Alcoholic Beverages at UHD.
2.2 The legal drinking age in Texas is 21. Alcoholic
beverages served on the UHD campus may be distributed
and consumed by individuals of legal age. The use or
possession of alcohol on any part of the campus, other than
a formally approved or designated area, is a violation of
2.3 The Office of Reservations and Events
Management must be notified of the proposed sale and/or
distribution of alcoholic beverages by any organization or
department at UHD.
2.4 Only licensed catering services approved by the
Office of Reservations and Events Management may sell
or distribute alcoholic beverages on the UHD campus.
2.5 The Office of Reservations and Events
Management will provide the person requesting the
alcohol with a copy of the Application for Alcohol Permit
2.6 The completed Application for Alcohol Permit
must be submitted to the Office of Reservations and
Events Management at least 30 days before the date on
which permission to serve alcohol is requested.
2.7 The Office of Reservations and Events
Management then submits the Application for Alcohol
Beverage to the Chief of Police of the UHD Police
Department, who will make a decision as to whether offduty police are needed for the event. Only UHD police
officers or peace officers approved by the Chief of the
UHD Police Department may be hired for the event. The
sponsoring individual, department, or organization is
responsible for payment of UHD police services.
2.8 State appropriated funds, student service fees, or
University Center fees may not be used to purchase
alcoholic beverages for any reason.
2.9 Alcoholic beverages may not be served or
consumed in any vehicle owned or operated by UHD.
REVIEW AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Responsible Party (Reviewer): President
Review: As needed
University of Houston - Downtown
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE DISTRIBUTION
An approved UHD Application for Alcohol Permit is a
privilege. Failure to adhere to University regulations may
result in the denial of future approval.
I. An approved Application for Alcohol Permit
a) Give the sponsoring organization or
department the right to sell alcoholic
b) Give the sponsoring organization or
department the right to reserve space for
an event. Space and facilities must be
reserved through normal University
II. Once a permit is granted, the organization or
department is responsible for obeying all
University, state, city, and federal laws governing
the distribution and consumption of alcoholic
III. The legal age for drinking in Texas is 21.
Giving alcoholic beverages to a minor can result
in criminal and/or University disciplinary action.
A minor producing false identification to secure
alcoholic beverages can be subject to criminal
and/or University disciplinary action.
IV. At all events where alcohol is served, a posted
sign must state clearly that only those 21 years of
age or older are permitted to drink the alcoholic
V. Persons of legal drinking age must be clearly
identifiable to the licensed caterer/vendor.
VI. Non-alcoholic beverages must be available in
equally attractive variety as the alcoholic
beverages and must also be displayed with equal
prominence. If alcoholic beverages are free, all
other beverages must be free.
VII. The amount of alcoholic beverages permitted at
an event is relative to the number of guests
attending the function.
VIII. Food items must be available in sufficient
amounts for the number of persons attending the
IX. All advertisements must note the availability of
non-alcoholic beverages and food as prominently
as alcohol, if alcohol is to be advertised. Alcohol may never be the main emphasis of an
X. Any questions regarding the distribution of
alcoholic beverages should be addressed to the
Office of Reservations and Events Management at
(713) 221 - 8580.
1) Requests for permission to serve alcoholic
beverages must be submitted to the Office of
Reservations and Events Management at least 30
days prior to the time of planned distribution.
This will allow time for review, clarification of
concerns and sufficient time for the events
planners to take copies to the appropriate offices.
2) The organization or department may not promote
or allow drinking games of any kind.
3) Alcoholic beverages may not be distributed
before 5:00 p.m. on Monday - Friday and 12:00
noon on Saturday and Sunday. For major campus
events, exceptions may be granted by the
President or his/her designee.
4) In addition to the required steps, individuals
planning an event should seek other ways to
foster the responsible use of alcoholic beverages.
5) The organizers of an event must be prepared to
call a cab for anyone that appears to be under the
influence of alcohol or any other intoxicating
substance. A written list of phone numbers for
several cab companies should be available.
6) If the event is canceled or the service of alcohol
has been canceled, the sponsoring organization or
department must contact the Office of
Reservations and Events Management