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  • Policy Number: SA.03.004
  • Version: 4
  • Drafted By: Erika D. Beck
  • Approved By: Erika D. Beck
  • Approval Date: 2/26/18
  • Effective Date: 2/26/18
  • Supercedes: SA.03.003


The University Alcohol Policy applies to all members of the campus community including students, faculty, staff, visitors, and sponsored organizations.  This policy does not govern areas where ground subleases vest control of the property in a third party (namely East Campus residences located beyond the University Glen Town Center) The University Alcohol Policy is intended to guide practices related to alcohol use and to achieve the following:

  1. Provide a safe and secure environment;
  2. Promote healthy choices for the campus community;
  3. Consistently enforce laws and policies regarding the use of alcohol;
  4. Encourage members of the campus community to take responsibility for each other;


California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) is committed to creating a healthy working and learning environment in which illegal or improper use of alcohol does not interfere with student learning, performance, or development nor 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 1068—Student Activities, and California State University Executive Order 1098—Student Conduct Procedures.

The California Penal Code and Section 25662 of the California Business and Professions Code also support university regulation of the use of alcohol on campus.



For students: the Dean of Students office and Housing & Residential Education; for staff: the Senior Director Human Resources; for faculty: the Assistant Provost; for campus events and visitors: the Director of Conferences & Events and the Chief of Police.


All CSUCI students, faculty, staff, tenants, and visitors, clubs and organizations, and all University-sponsored activities or events whether on- or off-campus. This policy does not apply to University Glen residential areas, except for the Town Center while it is leased by CSUCI expressly for student housing. This policy does not supersede any provision within any CSU collective bargaining agreement (CBA).


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.

Appropriate University Official: President, Provost, Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors and Police Officers or their designee(s).

Intoxication: affected by alcohol at, or in excess of, the legal limit (.08%) and to the point where physical or mental control is markedly diminished.

Residence: Any leased apartment or dwelling space on University property or leased off-campus by the University for student occupancy, (including but not limited to balconies and adjacent sidewalks, parking lots and yards).

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

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 an 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 that have been issued in exchange for money, or anything else of value.

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

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 their 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.


The intent of this policy is to neither prohibit nor 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 to being 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 except as provided herein.

On-campus Requirements:

  • 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 approve in advance of any University-sponsored event where 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 student housing, 21 years of age or older, may possess or consume alcoholic beverages within their own residence, until and unless the resident obtains individual alcohol privileges and the room has been approved as a Designated Consumption Zone (DCZ). Residents who have alcohol privileges may only exercise them in an approved DCZ.   Resident students are responsible for ensuring that their guest(s) abides by all laws and policies, including the alcohol policy contained herein; the resident student host must always accompany their guests. Residents or guests under the age of 21 are not allowed to be present in a DCZ when alcohol consumption is taking place.  These restrictions does not apply to non-student employees of CSUCI residing in student housing.
  • Consumption of alcoholic beverages in a public area is prohibited, except where alcohol at an event is approved in advance by the President, the President’s designee, or the University Chief of Police.
  • Intoxication in any area of the University is prohibited.

Off-campus Requirements:

  • 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 students and University employees consistent with the terms of the applicable CBA or Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.
    Alleged violation of the University Alcohol Policy by students for on and off campus University events will be referred to the Dean of Students office.  Violation of the Housing and Residential Education alcohol policy as outlined in the CSUCI Resident Handbook will be referred to the Director of Residential Education or their designee.  Some alcohol violations in Housing and Residential Education may also be referred to the Dean of Students office for adjudication through the University student conduct process.

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 of 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.


Request to Serve Alcoholic Beverages

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