Residential Education (ResEd) discovered last week that some houses Row have been selling alcohol to students during all-campus events, according to Assistant Director of Residential Education Zac Sargeant. ResEd, which did not disclose the names of houses charging students for alcohol, may partner with the Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE) and other administrative groups at the beginning of next quarter to address policy and regulations around student events, houses and alcohol, Sargeant said.
It is unclear whether the houses in question sold alcohol to underage students.
“It has come to our attention that some houses have been selling alcohol in addition to food at all-campus events,” Sargeant wrote in an email to Row house managers on March 7. “The State of California and the University have regulations on the sale of alcohol, and we are currently working with the Office of Alcohol Education to make our alcohol sale policy more clear. For now we ask that no house sell alcohol to students regardless of their age. We will have more information soon.”
According to California state law, no person or entity is allowed to sell alcohol without a license.
Sargeant wrote in an email to The Daily that the circumstances require clarification about University alcohol policies.
“Clearly this situation raises serious questions about our current process of party registration, regulation of house funds and proper venues for student groups hosting events,” Sargeant said.
Sargeant added that ResEd and the OAPE may form a working group at the beginning of spring quarter to explore alcohol sales within the undergraduate community.
“This working group will likely be comprised of University Administrators representing various offices, and students representing various parts of campus,” Sargeant said. “We hope to identify options that can be put forth as a set of recommendations to the University with the goal of meeting student needs while protecting the safety of all involved. In the interim, we are asking all of our student staff to make sure that they comply with both State and Federal laws, as well as University policies.”
— Kristian Davis Bailey