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Alcohol Policy

(The University Affairs Board last revised the existing Campus Alcohol Policy on February 13, 1990)


Alcohol issues on campus are a shared responsibility. While the choice to use or not use alcohol is an
individual one, the licensed and informal activities associated with alcohol use are an institutional
responsibility. The University takes the position that all its members, including students, have an obligation
to make legal and responsible decisions concerning their conduct and alcohol use or non-use. The
University will intervene when alcohol is used illegally or when its abuse leads to conduct that endangers
the individual(s) involved or others, or that results in damage to the property of the University, disrupts its
activities, or interferes with the rights of other persons.

The University is responsible for the effective implementation of this policy. The University Alcohol
Advisory Committee shall be a key resource to the University in discharging its responsibilities. It will
meet at least annually, to review the policies and procedures regarding alcohol service and education at the
University of Toronto. This committee will continue to review best practices regarding alcohol service,
educational initiatives and risk management, review educational programs directed to all members of the
University community, and determine levels of training for individuals involved in the service of alcohol or
in monitoring events at which alcohol is served.

Licensing and Regulations

a) The University has a legal obligation to manage alcohol use on campus in a way that is consistent
with the terms of its liquor licences and other applicable legislation, that protects the safety of
individuals, and that protects the University from liability with respect to alcohol-related

b) Liquor licence holders at the University shall meet periodically as necessary to ensure a
consistent approach to alcohol service and management.

c) Regulations and practices concerning alcohol service will be developed in the context of the
Liquor Licence Act and Regulations in consultation with users, and will be realistic, clearly
articulated in writing and widely circulated on campus, especially to those who are responsible
for facilities where alcohol is served on campus.

d) Regulations and policies concerning the sale and consumption of alcohol at the University of
Toronto shall apply equally to all members of the University community

Alcohol Service

a) Events or activities involving the sale of alcohol at the University shall be restricted to areas
licensed by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO) or under a Special
Occasion Permit issued by the AGCO and authorized by one of the University’s liquor licence

b) Residences shall have and maintain procedures consistent with legislation, this policy and
University regulations concerning the service of alcohol, including restriction of consumption in
public spaces, policies regarding private parties, and policies regarding educational efforts to
promote responsible consumption of alcohol.

c) Only individuals who have successfully completed the University’s Server Training Program as
certified by Ancillary Services or an acceptable certified training program approved by the
Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario shall undertake all service of alcohol on University

d) Alcohol shall never be served to any person under the legal drinking age. Any event or activity
involving the sale of alcohol at which under-age persons are expected to attend shall employ
control procedures to ensure that no underage drinking takes place. Alcohol shall never be served
to an intoxicated individual.

e) Any advertisements for events or activities at which alcohol is served shall abide by relevant
legislation and University policies; mention of alcohol on such materials shall be restricted to the
information that the event is licensed

Alcohol Education

a) The University should take steps to encourage responsible decision-making about using and not
using alcohol by its members by offering educational programs both in alcohol awareness and in
serving practices.

b) Educational programs regarding alcohol should be widely disseminated to the University
community and should focus on harm reduction and appropriate decisions concerning the use of

c) Alcohol education programs should be developed in consultation with members of the University
Alcohol Advisory Committee and members of relevant University community groups, including
major event organizers.

d) Student training sessions such as event planning for residence Don training, leadership training
and orientation coordinator and leader training should all include information about alcohol,
server intervention, harm reduction and safety awareness.