Conference and Event Services is the department responsible for the policy regarding alcohol use on campus.

Source Document: PPM 270-21 Sales, Service, and Consumption of Alcoholic Beverages 

For additional details, see Alcohol Permit Guidelines.


UC Davis strives to maintain a campus free from the illegal use, possession or distribution of controlled substances. Manufacture, sale, distribution, dispensation, possession, or use of alcohol and controlled substances by University students and employees on University property, at official University functions, or on University business is prohibited (except as permitted by law), University policy and campus regulations. Students violating these policies are subject to disciplinary action, including Suspension or Dismissal from the University, and may be referred for criminal prosecution and/or required to participate in appropriate treatment programs.

All state laws regarding alcohol and drug use apply on campus, as it is not a “sanctuary” from state law. All drugs made illegal by state and federal law are also prohibited by University policy.

Permit to Serve Alcoholic Beverages is required for a group to use alcohol at a campus function. Campus departments and organizations may request permission to hold a group-sponsored event at which alcoholic beverages are served.

University policy allows the use of alcoholic beverages on campus at group events under conditions that:

  1. reasonably protect the interests of the University;
  2. reduce the liability of the University;
  3. indicate that alcohol is incidental to the program being presented;
  4. prevent over-indulgence; and,
  5. support the laws related to alcohol use.

Decisions to approve or deny alcohol use on University premises are reached after an examination of specific event characteristics. Permits are not issued when either a single or a combination of characteristics creates adverse conditions for the University. In some cases special requirements may be imposed on an event to create an acceptable situation.

CES Alcohol Permit Approval Guidelines

A number of planning characteristics are evaluated whenever a request is made to serve alcoholic beverages on University premises.