Students, guests and other campus visitors must adhere to federal and state regulations regarding alcohol use. It is illegal in Ohio for alcoholic beverages to be made available by sale or otherwise to anyone under age 21. Unacceptable alcohol-related behavior includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Illegal consumption or possession of alcohol in accordance with the State of Ohio age requirements and the university Policy
  2. Providing alcohol to minors
  3. Presence of alcohol in student rooms in the Residential Colleges, unless all residents of the room are 21
  4. Malicious use of alcohol intended to cause harm to oneself or others
  5. Public intoxication
  6. The use and/or possession of a bulk quantity of alcohol (e.g., kegs, party balls) or beer bongs
  7. Drinking games
Alcohol Transports

Campus community members are encouraged to report any students who are incapacitated in any way due to alcohol consumption to Case Police. The police will arrange for the transport of the affected student to the appropriate location if medical attention is necessary.

Alcohol Use Guidelines

The university conforms to all state and local laws controlling the sale and use of alcoholic beverages. It is illegal to sell, provide, or serve beer, wine, or liquor to anyone who is under the legal age of 21. Servers of alcohol and sponsors of social events must be aware of and comply with all state statutes and with Case policies and procedures.

The university expects responsible behavior of students who choose to drink alcoholic beverages and requires an environment free of coercion for those who choose to abstain. Therefore, students must adhere to guidelines provided by the university for responsible and legal consumption of alcoholic beverages. Individual students must accept responsibility for their own behavior and should demonstrate a concern for the safety and well-being of others in the university community.

The following regulations apply to all events, both on and off campus, at which students are present:

  1. The sponsors of events where alcohol is served must file an Alcohol Use Report in CampusGroups.
    • Student organizations must complete the Alcohol Use Report at least seven (7) days prior to the event, allowing time to meet with the appropriate office (Student Activities & Leadership, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Greek Life, Residence Life, Graduate Student Life, or Law School Student Services) and receive final approval from the Office of Student Affairs.
    • Campus departments must complete the Alcohol Use Report at least seven (7) days prior to the event, allowing time to coordinate with Jill Kent and receive final approval from the Office of Student Affairs.
    • A copy of the approved form, which can be downloaded as a PDF from the submitter's CampusGroups user area, will be needed for student groups to reserve any university facility for events where alcohol is served.
    • The approved form must printed and posted at the event, as well as sent to the building manager prior to the event.
  2. Open containers of alcoholic beverages are generally prohibited in public places according to state law and are specifically restricted in some university areas including Harkness and Amasa Stone Chapels. Restrictions for alcohol inside other facilities may vary. When alcohol is present at an outdoor event it must be in clearly defined, roped off areas.
  3. At all events where alcohol is served, including BYOB and events with 3rd party vendors, an effective procedure must be established and adhered to for certifying those legally of age to drink. To obtain alcoholic beverages, a valid driver's license or other valid legal document showing proof of age must be presented. A Case ID may also be required for admission.
  4. The quantity of alcohol will be determined by using the following formula: number of servings = number of legal drinkers in attendance x hours of event.
  5. When alcohol is sold, temporary F or F-2 permits will be required in accordance with state laws. The sale of alcohol is defined to include such methods for defraying the cost of the beverage or event as sale by the glass or container, advance ticket sales, and cover charges at the door. Please contact the Office of Student Activities & Leadership for more information.
  6. At all events where alcohol is served, non-alcoholic beverages must be provided by the sponsor of the event. The amount of alcoholic beverage provided should reflect the proportion of those attending the event who are legally eligible to drink; the amount of non-alcoholic beverage provided should be sufficient to serve the number of people attending the event who are too young to drink or choose not to drink alcohol.
  7. No one should be coerced, even subtly, to drink or overindulge, and the rights of those who choose to abstain must be respected. To that end, drinking games are not allowed at any university or student group-sponsored events.
  8. When alcohol is served, food must be provided by the sponsor of the event in adequate amounts to last through the event.
  9. The kind and amount of security required for an on-campus event will be determined according Case Police Department guidelines. Factors to be used in determining the kind and amount of security at an event include: the nature of the event, the number of people attending the event, whether alcoholic beverages are being served, and whether cash will be on hand. At an off-campus event the kind and amount of security shall be determined by the third party vendor providing the alcohol.
  10. Social events which encourage drinking or drunkenness as themes and the advertisement of such events are considered inappropriate and will not be permitted. Neither the cost nor brand of an alcoholic beverage may be advertised in Ohio.
  11. When beer or malt-based beverages are provided, it must be served to individuals in single serving containers of 16 ounces or less. When wine or liquor is provided, it must also be served in appropriately sized glasses, no greater than six ounces for wine and two ounces of liquor per drink.
  12. The serving of alcohol must cease at least one-half hour before the scheduled end of the event.
  13. When entertainment is included in the event, the type of entertainment and the duration must be listed on the Alcohol Use Report.
  14. The gift of alcohol as a reward for any student activity or contest is prohibited.
  15. Individuals or groups violating state law or the university student alcohol policy will be subject to disciplinary action.

Last Updated: February 4, 2019