Alcohol at Events

Sometimes student organizations wish to have alcohol at events particularly for social events or fundraisers.  There are specific guidelines that must be followed.

  • The first stop is to request, in writing, for approval to have alcohol at an on campus event by emailing Kathleen Schotto at kschotto@law.umaryland.edu. If you receive approval you will be asked to take the following steps:
  • University Alcoholic Beverage Permits are required for any event on campus that serves alcohol.  There is no charge for this permit. 
  • Applications can be picked up from Ms. Schotto in the Office of Student Affairs.  She will meet with a representative from the organization briefly to go over the application process.
  • Once completed, return it to the Office of Student Affairs where Dean Krinsky will review the application and sign it. 
  • Notification will be given when the form is approved and the original form will be returned to the person who requested it.  That form must be present during the event and the signs that came with the permit must be displayed.
  • Please provide this form to OSA a minimum of 5 business days prior to the event if the event and/or alcohol is free.  If a city liquor permit is needed (see below) the University form must be returned to OSA a minimum of 15 business days in advance.
  • City Liquor Permit
    • If a cash bar is planned or if an organization sells tickets to an event where alcohol will be served the organization must obtain a one day alcohol permit from the City Board of Liquor License Commissioners at 231 E. Baltimore Street, 6th Floor (410-396-4377, hours:  8:30 am-4:30 pm).  This is in addition to the University form.  The cost for a 1-day permit is $25.00 for beer and wine and $50.00 for beer, wine and liquor. 
    • The University form must be filled out and approved BEFORE attempting to obtain the license from the City Board of Liquor License Commissioners.
    • A letter will be generated and signed by Dean Krinsky which must be taken, along with the city form which can be obtained from Ms. Schotto, when requesting the permit from the city.
    • The Liquor Board can take as long as 10 business days to approve your request.  Typically it is done immediately - but that does not always happen.
  • Important Information to Consider
    • Per the University alcohol policy, where alcohol is consumed, food shall also be provided by the sponsor of the event.
    • Social events, such as “beer blasts,” (pub crawls) that encourage drinking or drunkenness as themes, and the advertisement of such events are considered inappropriate and shall not be permitted. 
    • Drinking games such as ‘beer pong’ are not permitted in association with the school’s name.
    • Prohibited items:
      • Kegs
      • Glass beer bottles
      • Red wine in carpeted areas of the building.
    • Reimbursement for any alcohol purchased will go through the University Foundation account. Please talk with Kathleen in OSA for more information.