Student Use of Alcoholic Beverages on and off Campus

Purpose and Scope

This policy is intended to sanction only the legal, safe, and appropriate consumption of alcoholic beverages by KGI students on campus and at KGI-sponsored/sanctioned off- campus activity or event. This policy should be read in conjunction with KGI’s Drug-free Campus Policy (Policy 340). Students who are KGI employees are also subject to KGI’s Drug-free Campus and Workplace Policy (Policy 140).


Students’ Possession or Consumption of Alcohol on Campus or at OffCampus KGI Sponsored Programs Must Be Approved in Advance

No student under the age of 21 may possess or consume an alcoholic beverage (as that term is defined in California Business and Professions Code § 23004) on KGI-owned or controlled property (“KGI property”) or at a KGI-sponsored/sanctioned offcampus activity or event at any time. Students 21 years of age and older may not possess or consume alcoholic beverages on KGI property or at a KGI-sponsored/sanctioned off-campus activity or event, unless the possession and consumption of alcohol has been specifically approved in advanced by the President or Deans.

Rules Related to Students’ Approved Possession or Consumption of Alcohol


  • At events where students’ possession and consumption of alcohol has been approved by KGI in advance, only students 21 years of age and older may possess and consume alcohol.
  • Students violate this policy if they are present on campus (including program sites, such as internship, clinic, and experiential education sites) while intoxicated, regardless of where they consumed the alcohol.
  • For purposes of this policy, whether a KGI student is intoxicated is a determination that may be made based on the student’s behavior and observations by third parties (and without any requirement that a student submit to a breathalyzer, blood alcohol, or other tests).
  • Individual violations of this policy and/or related federal or state regulations will be subject to disciplinary action as outlined in the KGI Honor Code and the School of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Student Clinical Code of Conduct.


  • All official student organizations are governed by this policy. A student organization’s violation of this policy and/or of related federal or state law may result in the suspension or revocation of the organization’s official recognition by KGI, thus precluding the organization from functioning on campus.
  • Student organizations governed by this policy also may be governed by the policies of national organizations. Where a provision of this policy and a provision of a national organization policy concerning the use or possession of alcoholic beverages are in conflict, the more stringent provision shall apply.
  • Student organizations are expected to supervise and conduct their off-campus activities in a responsible and lawful manner. Students attending off-campus student organization activities are expected to take personal responsibility for their conduct and to comply with this policy, as well as with all local, state, and federal laws and statutes.


The following guidelines apply to events sponsored by official student organizations where alcohol is served:

  • The possession, use, serving, and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages during any event sponsored by a KGI-sanctioned student organization shall be in compliance with any and all local, state, and federal laws and statutes.
  • The serving and/or consumption of alcoholic beverages shall be carried out only by individuals at least 21 years old. Valid age determinations must be made to assure compliance with minimum age requirements, including efforts to determine if a person is using a false I.D.
  • The sale of alcoholic beverages on campus is prohibited.
  • No portion of any charge levied for attendance at an event shall be used to pay for alcoholic beverages unless the event is specifically approved by the President or Dean following review of the purpose of the event and the plans to ensure that the provisions of this policy are followed by participants.
  • Alcohol consumption shall not be promoted as the primary focus of any event.
  • Organizations are responsible for ensuring that moderation is encouraged during the lawful consumption of alcoholic beverages.
  • A person’s decision not to use alcohol is to be respected.
  • Food, snacks, and nonalcoholic beverages must be readily available at any event in which alcoholic beverages are served.
  • Student organizers must ensure that an appropriate number of designated drivers and/or additional transportation will be available at any event in which alcoholic beverages are served. Transportation will be coordinated by the student organizations with assistance from the Division of Student Affairs.

    Assistance is available to students with difficulties related to alcohol use or dependency. Every effort will be made to assist students who are experiencing difficulty related to substance use, abuse, or dependency.