Student Organization Fundraisers at Bars

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Student Organization Fundraisers at Bars

Posted by Adriane Reilly on Oct 12, 2017 10:30 am

Hello ACUI Colleagues! 

I recently began talking to our Risk Management department about student organizations hosting fundraisers at bars. Our fraternities and sororities are prohibited from having them in accordance with FIPG, but we currently don't have a policy for student organizations about this at all. Lately, we have seen an increase in their frequency (or maybe just an increase in the students telling us about them). 

I'm curious about your universities. Do you have an official policy about fundraisers that may involve alcohol? Do you have just best practices, but not an official policy? 

Thanks for your insight!

Adriane Reilly, M.Ed.
Assistant Director of Student Activities
Temple University
Howard Gittis Student Center, Suite 219M
1755 N. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122
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Re: Student Organization Fundraisers at Bars

Posted by Chris Fishpaw on Oct 13, 2017 9:13 am

Straight from our resource guide:
"The following is a list of guidelines all student organizations must follow when raising money:
  • Student organizations are prohibited from fundraising in bars/taverns."
It's our very first thing mentioned around funraising.  I will add that we are also looking at a revision/additional language around prizes from bars.  We have a very popular bar just off campus that has started giving away "VIP passes" to our student clubs for fundraising efforts; we find that to be very similar to fundraising around alcohol and our rationale for prohibiting is about both liability concerns and around the connection to mission. 

Students complained about it for about a year (about 5 years ago) and largely it isn't an issue anymore.


Re: Student Organization Fundraisers at Bars

Posted by Sara Ousby on Oct 16, 2017 10:10 am

Hi Adriane,
We do not explicitly discuss fundraisers, but our Student Organization Alcohol Policy provides guidance for all organizations hosting events with alcohol. The vast majority of our organizations hosting such events are Law Orgs comprised mostly of students in the law school where the focus is on networking with potential employers, judgets, etc. The policy is available online by clicking here.

Please let me know if you have any further questions.

Sara Hillis Ousby, Ed.D.
Director | Rosenberg Center for Student Involvement
University of Baltimore
t. 410.837.5688 |
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Re: Student Organization Fundraisers at Bars

Posted by Dain Gotto on Oct 17, 2017 9:26 am

Northern Illinois University's policy has strict guidelines about organization events where alcohol is present. Below is the portion which addresses events at a third-party venue with alcohol:

No organization may co-sponsor an event with an alcohol distributor or tavern (tavern defined as an establishment generating more than half of annual gross sales from alcohol) at which alcohol is given away, sold or otherwise provided to those present. This includes any event held in, at or on the property of a tavern as defined above for purposes of fundraising. However, an organization may rent or use a room or area in a tavern as defined above for a private event (which includes use of a guest list). An event at which alcohol is present may be conducted or co-sponsored with a charitable organization if the event is held within the provisions of this policy.

We drafted our Off-Campus Social Events Policy for all student orgs using much of the risk management guidance provided by FIPG. These risk management procedures make it challenging for students to hold a fundraiser at a bar.