Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drug Policies

UNH Alcohol Policy

The University is committed to establishing and maintaining an environ­ment that fosters mutually beneficial interpersonal relations and a shared responsibility for the welfare and safety of others. Because alcohol can have a significant effect on that environment, the University has adopted this pol­icy for governing alcohol use by students, staff, faculty, visitors, and guests. While University policy permits responsible consumption of alcohol at some places and times, the consumption of alcohol should never be the primary purpose or focus of an event. Alcohol-free social events are encouraged.

1. A request for approval to serve alcoholic beverages form must be sub­mitted to Conferences and Catering for each function being planned where alcohol, beer or wine will be served. This form must be submitted 30 days prior to the event. All bar service must be provided by Conferences and Catering, as holder of the Liquor License. If requests are received with less than 30 days notice, Conferences and Catering has the right to deny approval and service will not be granted.

2. The acquisition, distribution, possession, or consumption of alcohol by members of the UNH community must be in compliance with all local, state, and federal laws.

3. Non-alcoholic beverages must be provided at events where alcoholic bev­erages are served.

4. Institutional restrictions on alcohol use on UNH property vary by loca­tion, and, in some cases, by time.

a. University residence halls and apartment complexes. Residents of legal drinking age may consume alcohol in their rooms or apartments. Alcohol may not be consumed in common areas such as lounges, hallways, etc.

b. Dining halls. During periods when dining halls are not open to students and are assigned to workshops or conferences, alcohol may be served and consumed.

c.  MUB, Hamel Recreation Center, Field House. Alcohol may not be con­sumed in these facilities.

d. Whittemore Center Arena, skyboxes, and skybox lounge. As a “sports/entertainment complex,” state law imposes special restrictions on alcohol consumption in the Whittemore Center arena, its skyboxes, and skybox lounge. For more information, contact the Manager of Centerplate Con­cessions.

   (i) Arena and skyboxes. As required by law, no alcoholic beverages may be sold or consumed in arena or skybox seating at any intercollegiate or inter­scholastic event. Furthermore, this policy prohibits distribution, possession, or consumption of alcohol in the arena or skyboxes at any event either spon­sored by a student organization or which attracts a substantial number of audience members who are under the legal drinking age. Consistent with the foregoing restrictions, alcohol may be served and consumed at a limited number of approved events in the arena and skyboxes.

   (ii) Skybox lounge. Alcohol may be served to private groups at approved events in the skybox lounge.

e. The President’s Residence. Alcohol may be served and consumed in com­pliance with all local, state, and federal laws. .

f.  Academic, administrative, and classroom buildings (any UNH build­ing not included in the previous categories). Consumption of alcohol is permitted only as part of an approved event, such as a reception for a visit­ing scholar or a celebration of a special accomplishment. The dean or vice president who is sponsoring the event must give the required approvals.

g. UNH grounds. Consumption of alcohol is permitted only as part of an approved event. The Assistant Vice President for Business Affairs must give the required approval.

5. UNH has an interest in off-premise events held in its name. If alcohol is used illegally or inappropriately at such events, the University may take steps to protect its interests.

6. Any request for variation from this policy must be submitted to Confer­ences and Catering.

7. This policy will become effective on July 1, 2010.

Parental Notification in Cases of Alcohol or Other Drug Violations/Arrests

The University may notify parents when their son or daughter is charged with a violation of the University’s alcohol or other drug policies, including violation of local, state, or federal laws regarding use or possession of alco­hol or other drugs that are also violations of institutional policy.

Only parents of financially-dependent students under age 21 will be noti­fied, unless the student’s health or safety is jeopardized. (July 2003)

Residential Alcohol Policy and Regulations (ad/ss)

As members of the University community, students are expected to obey the law and assume full responsibility for the choices they make regarding alcohol use. Students, not the University or its staff, are accountable for all outcomes related to legal, illegal, and/or irresponsible use of alcohol. Fol­lowing are specific tenets of the residential alcohol policy.


1. Possession and/or consumption of alcohol is not permitted by anyone under age 21. A legal age drinker may have just one open alcohol container at a time for personal consumption.

2. Alcohol is not permitted in any of the common or public areas of the residence halls or apartment buildings.

3. Possession or consumption of alcohol is permitted only in rooms, suites or apartments where at least one of the assigned residents is at least 2l years old, and only by those of legal age.

4. Providing underage people with alcohol is illegal and, therefore, not per­mitted.

5. All common sources of alcohol, including but not limited to kegs, punch bowls, beer balls, or excessive amounts of alcohol in bottles or cases, are strictly prohibited in residence halls and apartments. The host(s) of such activity will likely receive a sanction of eviction or greater.

6. In all circumstances when staff respond to and confront an illegal drink­ing activity, empty alcohol containers may well be considered an aggravat­ing factor connected with the current illegal activity.

7. A person who is under the influence of alcohol and whose behavior leads to injury or illness may be considered to be in violation of the alcohol policy.