Events with Alcohol

The George Washington University is committed to promoting the health and safety of its campus community through a program of alcohol education and the implementation of this Policy. The university is further obligated under the Federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 to enforce compliance with local District of Columbia alcoholic beverage laws on campus and at university-sponsored activities. The university, therefore, affirms its adherence to the following principles:

  • The misuse and abuse of alcoholic beverages, related behavior such as disorderly conduct, illness due to excessive consumption of alcohol, and destruction of property pose a danger to the individual members of the campus community and to the community at large.

  • The promotion of alcoholic beverage consumption as the primary focus of on- and off-campus activities invites members of the campus community to violate university regulations and District of Columbia law.

  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages should only be by persons of legal age and through personal choice.

  • Those who choose to consume alcoholic beverages should do so responsibly and in moderation.

  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages should not be the main focus of an event or the only means of refreshment at an event.

  • The responsibility for proper consumption of alcoholic beverages and for compliance with the laws of the District of Columbia rests with each individual member of the campus community, as well as the student organizations.

Alcoholic Beverage Consumption and Distribution Policy (PDF)