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  • Policy Number: SA.03.003
  • Version: Revision 2
  • Drafted By: Eddie Washington, Debbie Gravelle, Cindy Derrico
  • Approved By: Richard R. Rush
  • Approval Date: 2/26/09
  • Effective Date: 2/26/09
  • Supersedes: SA.03.002


The University Alcohol Policy relates to all members of the campus community with the exception of tenants leasing space in the academic campus with pre-existing agreements and those parties with agreements governed by the Specific Reuse Plan on behalf of the Site Authority (University Glen, The Town Center and the future Research and Development Park) otherwise including students, faculty, staff, visitors, and sponsored organizations and is intended to guide practices related to alcohol use and to achieve the following:

  • Provide a safe and secure environment. 
  • Promote healthy choices for the campus community.
  • Consistently enforce laws and policies regarding the use of alcohol.
  • Educate the campus community regarding safe, legal, responsible and moderate consumption of alcohol for those who choose to drink and not to punish responsible, legal behavior.
  • Encourage members of the campus community to take responsibility for each other.
  • Provide assistance, when appropriate, to those members of the campus community who need support, treatment, and other services.
  • Involve members of the campus community in all steps of the implementation process and alcohol awareness program development.
  • Focus alcohol abuse prevention efforts on campus and community environments.


California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) is committed to creating a healthy working and learning environment in which illegal or improper use of alcohol and other controlled substances does not interfere with student learning, performance, or development or impede our ability to maintain a safe environment for our employees and guests.

Authority for establishing regulations and guidelines relating to the use of alcohol is vested in the University’s President, pursuant to Title 5, Article 2, section 41301(10) of the California Code of Regulations, California State University Executive Order 1006Student Activities, and California State University Executive Order 970Student Conduct Procedures.

University regulation of the use of alcohol on campus is also supported by the California Penal Code, and Section 25662 of the California Business and Professions Code.



For students: the Dean of Students; for staff: the Associate Vice President for Human Resources Programs; for faculty: the Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs; for campus events and visitors: the University Police Department.


All CSUCI students, faculty, staff, tenants, and visitors, on-campus organizations, and off-campus sponsored organizations and events. This policy does not apply to University Glen residential areas. This policy does not supersede any provision within any CSU collective bargaining agreement.


Alcoholic Beverage--Includes alcohol, spirits, liquor, wine, beer, and every liquid or solid containing alcohol, spirits, wine, or beer, and which contains one-half of one percent or more of alcohol by volume and which is fit for beverage purposes either alone or when diluted, mixed, or combined with other substances.

Sale--The exchanging of any consideration, either directly or indirectly, for an alcoholic beverage.  The term "sale" also includes the imposition of any admission charge to, or any other charge for the event at which alcoholic beverages will be served exclusively to those who pay such charge.  The term "consideration", as used above, includes money or tickets, tokens or chips which have been issued in exchange for money, or anything else of value.

University Property--Any real property, land, facility, or annex property thereof, which is owned, leased, licensed, rented, used, or otherwise controlled by the University.

University-sponsored Event--Any event, meeting, conference, party, or gathering that is conducted on University property or that is conducted or sponsored off campus by the University, or by a component thereof, or by an official, employee, or agent thereof, acting in his/her capacity as such, or by any club, team, or organization that is permitted to use the name of the University or that is officially affiliated with the University. Off-campus University-sponsored events typically include events funded by the University or the Foundation, or activities offered for academic credit to students.

Appropriate University Official--President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors and Police Officers.

Residence--Any leased apartment or dwelling space on University property (including but not limited to balconies, adjacent sidewalks, parking lots and yards).

Resident--Any person who rents, leases, or resides in a residence.

Student Housing Consumption Zone -- Any apartment where all occupants have completed the required Alcohol Education Program, met with the Assistant Director of Housing and Residential Education or designee and has been granted full alcohol privileges.


The intent of this policy is neither to encourage nor to endorse the use of alcoholic beverages, but to describe the permitted and prohibited use of alcoholic beverages on campus.  The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is predominantly free of the use of alcoholic beverages and in full compliance with federal and state laws and CSU System-wide mandates and directives.  Students, employees, or visitors who violate laws or University policies concerning alcoholic beverages shall be subject to criminal prosecution and/or institutional sanctions.  Such sanctions may include behavioral probation, suspension, or termination/expulsion. For discipline, in case of conflict between this policy and any CBA, the language of the CBA is controlling.

Authorization for the Possession, Sale or Distribution of Alcoholic Beverages

An individual or group may not possess, consume, sell or distribute alcoholic beverages on California State University Channel Islands’ property without the written approval from the President or designee.

On-campus Events:

  • Any sale, furnishing, use, or consumption of an alcoholic beverage in violation of state or federal law and/or CSU System-wide mandates and directives is prohibited.
  • No minors shall be permitted to consume alcoholic beverages at any time. No person under twenty-one (21) years of age shall be in attendance where alcoholic beverages are being sold, furnished, used or consumed unless specific control procedures to prevent service to and consumption by minors is actively employed.
  • Attendance at an approved event where alcohol is allowed shall be limited to members of the sponsoring organization and their invited guests.  The event shall not be advertised or publicized as an event where alcoholic beverages are to be served.
  • The University Chief of Police must be notified in advance of any event where 100 or more people are expected and alcohol is served.
  • The sponsoring organization in charge of the approved event where alcohol is used or consumed is responsible for ensuring mechanisms are in place to comply with all applicable laws, regulations, University policies and procedures.
  • No resident of Housing and Residential Education, 21 years of age or older, may possess or consume alcoholic beverages within his/her own residence, until the resident obtains alcohol privileges and the room has been designated as a Designated Consumption Zone (DCZ). Residents who have alcohol privileges may only exercise them in their own apartments/suites, or in apartments/suites which have received authorization from Housing and Residential Education.  Guests to Housing and Residential Education must have a resident host at all times.  The resident is responsible for ensuring that their guest abides by all laws and policies, including the alcohol policy contained herein. Residents or guests under the age of 21 are not allowed to be present in a DCZ when alcohol consumption is taking place.  This restriction does not apply to non-student employees of CSUCI residing in Housing and Residential Education.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages in a public area is prohibited, except where alcohol at an event is approved in advance by the President or the President’s designee.
  • Intoxication in any area of the University is prohibited.

Off-campus Events:

  • Any sale, furnishing, use or consumption of an alcoholic beverage, at any off-campus event sponsored by a registered/recognized student club or organization without prior approval by the President or designee is prohibited.
  • Intoxication by any member of a University registered/recognized student club or organization at any University-sponsored off-campus event is prohibited.

Enforcement of the Policy on Alcohol

  • On campus, the CSUCI Police Department exercises police powers in enforcing state laws regarding alcoholic beverages. Violators may be referred to the District Attorney for prosecution.  In addition to requesting prosecution under appropriate laws, the University may impose its own sanctions on the students and University employees consistent with the terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement or Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations. Violation of the University Alcohol Policy by students for on and off campus University events will be referred to the Dean of Students.
  • Violation of the Housing and Residential Education alcohol policy as outlined in the Resident ABC Manual will be referred to the Assistant Director for Residential Education or his/her designee.  Some alcohol violations in Housing and Residential Education may also be referred to the Dean of Students for adjudication through the University judicial process.
  • Violations of University Alcohol Policy will be strictly enforced.

Marketing and Sales of Alcoholic Beverages

  • CSU Chancellor’s Office Executive Order No. 966 prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages at any athletic event held in University owned or operated facilities and limits alcohol advertising to beer and wine on California State University campuses in compliance with policy guidelines consistent with the "Guidelines for Beverage Alcohol Marketing" distributed by the National Inter-Association Task Force on Alcohol Issues, a higher education coalition dedicated to the responsible use and advertising of alcoholic beverages.



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