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Student Alcohol Policy


Thomas Jefferson University does not endorse the use of alcohol at student functions. However, student organizations may decide that it is appropriate to serve alcohol, after carefully considering all circumstances. Any organization or group of students that sponsors an event where alcohol is served must conform to this Policy.


The laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania regulate the sale, service, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on Jefferson’s Campus.  All members of the University community are responsible for knowing, understanding, and obeying these laws, regulations, and ordinances. The University does not have the authority to alter the laws or to secure exemption from them.

  • In accordance with Pennsylvania law, no individual under 21 years of age [i.e. legal age] may possess or consume alcoholic beverages in or on University property. Persons 21 years of age or older may possess and consume alcohol within the privacy of their on-campus residences. The University neither condones nor shields from prosecution the actions of those individuals who serve alcohol to persons under the legal age in violation of Pennsylvania law.

The use of alcoholic beverages at social functions for students at Jefferson is restricted to those functions open to members of sponsoring organizations and their invited guests, where the service of alcohol is restricted to areas designated by the authorizing body, as defined below. In all cases, state laws governing the dispensing of alcoholic beverages must be observed.


No alcohol is to be consumed by any student in any common campus area without permission to do so from the appropriate authority. Alcohol may not be served at outdoor locations on campus.  Exceptions may be made only by the Office of the President.  Students seeking to hold a function where alcohol is to be served must obtain written authorization to do so no less than five days in advance of the function, as follows:

a. for those events under the supervision of the Office of Student Life and Engagement, approval must be obtained from the Senior Director of Student Life and Engagement;

b. for the University's Housing facilities, approval must be obtained from the Department of Housing and Residence Life by completing the Community Lounge Reservation Request Form; and

c. if an organization desires to serve alcohol at a function held in an area other than those specified above, approval must be obtained from the designated student affairs officer of the college or school with which the organization is associated; and

d.  a representative of the authorizing office must be present or on call at the event.

The organization or group must designate one person over the legal age who will not consume alcohol at the function and who will be the sponsor for the function.


Any student who violates this Policy will be subject to disciplinary action, as outlined in the individual colleges' catalogs and student handbooks. Violation of this Policy may result in suspension or dismissal from the University.


If the appropriate authority permits the consumption of alcohol at any student function at Thomas Jefferson University, then the following procedures, as well as any additional procedures required by the sponsoring organization or the University, must be followed. 

A. Promotional Literature

1. The University will not distribute, post, or mail any student function's advertisements that mention alcohol.

2. The sponsoring organization will post a legible sign at the function stating that individuals under the age of 21 years or those who appear to be intoxicated will not be permitted to consume or possess alcoholic beverages. This poster will be placed in a clear and conspicuous location at all functions where alcohol is served. The poster will read as follows:

No one under 21 years of age or who appears to be intoxicated will be served an alcoholic beverage. Any individual requesting alcohol must, prior to being served, show a photograph identification that includes the date of birth. Non-compliant individuals will be asked to leave the premises immediately. This may include anyone over 21 years of age serving alcohol to someone under 21 years of age.

B. Party Procedures

1. Only those beverages served by the sponsoring organization are allowed at the event.

2. Non-alcoholic beverages, such as soda, must be made available at no cost to anyone attending the event.

3. Alcohol will not be sold by the sponsoring organization.

4. The sponsor will ensure that identification is provided at the point of service of alcohol [please refer to Promotional Literature, item #2].

5. No one under the age of 21 years will be permitted to serve alcohol.

6. The sponsoring organization or group will have full discretion to refuse to serve alcoholic beverages to anyone whose age is questionable, or who is suspected of being "under the influence."

7. The sponsoring organization or group will provide sufficient food for all persons present.

8. The service of alcohol will be discontinued at least thirty minutes prior to the end of the event.

9. At any function where alcoholic beverages are served, at least one person will be formally designated by the sponsoring group to be responsible for ensuring adherence to these procedures.

C. Underage Student/Guest Participation

Students or guests under the age of 21 years may be allowed to participate at these functions pursuant to the following procedures:

1. underage attendees will not consume or possess any alcoholic beverages anywhere within University property; and

2. any attendee who attempts to provide an alcoholic beverage to someone under 21 years of age will be removed from the event and will face disciplinary action, including the possibility of suspension or dismissal from the University.

D. Guest Responsibility

1. Jefferson students are responsible for their guests at all times.

2. If a guest violates this Policy or any other rule, or displays unruly/inappropriate behavior, he or she will be asked to leave the event. In that instance, the Jefferson student who brought the "offender" may also face expulsion from the event and/or disciplinary action.

E. In the Event of an Incident

1. Security will be notified by the event's sponsor if there are problems related to the enforcement of this Policy [e.g. if an individual refuses to leave, or if a disturbance develops].

2. An Incident Report will be written for any alcohol-related incident. These reports will be sent to the designated student affairs officer of the student's college for review and possible disciplinary action.

F. Organizations

A student organization sponsoring an event where alcohol will be served may not use the Jefferson name to advertise alcohol at the event.

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