Law School Alcohol Policy
Events held on non-university premises
Only those events sponsored or co-sponsored by a law student organization and funded or subsidized by that organization (or other University monies), even if held off University premises, trigger application of this policy and require approval of the Law School's AOC. Examples of such events are the Butch Carpenter Scholarship Banquet, LSSS Winter Formal, Juan Luis Tienda Banquet, Jenny Runkles Banquet, and student organization sponsored bar nights.
Approval of off-site events must be requested via the online Alcohol Event Reservation system.
Events that do not require tickets for admission and are held off campus must be submitted at least 5 full business days prior to the event.
Events for which tickets will be required for admission must be made at least 21 days in advance of the proposed event.
With respect to all timely written requests, in any given academic year the Law School is prepared to approve a limited number of off-site events adhering to the following criteria:
Alcohol-related events occurring at the Law School or elsewhere on University premises must be approved by the AVPFO. Approval for such events must be requested via the online Alcohol Event Reservation system.
- Invitations to the event are restricted to members of the Law School community (including family members and spouses/partners) or other graduate or professional schools.
- Food will be available.
- Alcohol will be served by licensed servers.
- Certified alcohol hosts will be present.
Events for which tickets will be required for admission must be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the proposed event.
With respect to all timely written requests in a given academic year, the Law School and the AVPFO are prepared to approve a limited number of events occurring at the Law School or Lawyers Club. Approved events must adhere to the following criteria:
The event is restricted to members of the Law School community (including family members and spouses/partners) or other graduate or professional schools.
Attendance is anticipated to be 100 persons or less.
Food will be available.
Alcohol will not be sold.
Alcohol will be served by certified servers, i.e. those trained in the techniques of alcohol management.
DPS is notified of the event.
The event is held indoors.
Certified alcohol hosts will be present.
Alcohol will be provided by licensed vendors.
For long-standing events, such as the LSSS Faculty Wine & Cheese Reception and the SFF Auction, the attendance maximum of 100 persons may be increased. With respect to less established events, the Law School is not inclined to make such exceptions; groups or academic units considering such events are encouraged to hold the event at one of the six licensed facilities on campus.
For all events, attendance figures must fall at or below Fire Marshall standards for all locations.
events held at one of the university's six licensed facilities
The University of Michigan has six campus facilities which have been granted a license by the State of Michigan Liquor Control Commission for the sale of alcohol. These facilities include the Michigan Union, Michigan League, Pierpont Commons, Oxford Conference Center, Business Administration Executive Residence, and the Inglis House. Any student group wishing to hold an alcohol-related event at one of these six campus facilities will be governed by the procedures and guidelines generated by that facility. Requests for approval of such events must be submitted at least 21 days in advance of the proposed event via the Alcohol Events Registration system. Documentation (usually a copy of the signed contract) that the student organization has met, or is prepared to meet, the requirements mandated by the specific licensed facility must accompany these requests.
jointly sponsored events
Any event which is otherwise subject to this policy remains so, even if co-sponsored by or held jointly with a non-law student organization.
events for which a special license is required
In addition to the six licensed facilities, the University of Michigan has five special use licenses; one for each of the three U-M campuses (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint) and two for use among the three campuses. These special use licenses are required in the following two cases:
- Events open to the public - Any event open to the public where alcohol is being served (whether being sold or not) must be approved by the AVPFO. Such events may not be held absent the granting of a special license.
- Events involving the sale of alcohol - Except for events held at one of the six licensed U-M facilities, no event at which alcohol is sold may occur on University premises.
Given the limited number of special licenses, it is highly unlikely that a special use license will be authorized.
Because of the difficulty in controlling access to an outdoor event and pursuant to the University's initiative to reduce drinking on campus, the University prohibits events on campus at which alcohol is served.