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Below is a list of things that fall on the wrong side of the classy scale and are not permitted for any part of your party. 

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Not Permitted

  1. Drinking Games and Progressives: Games and activities that promote high-risk drinking or rapid alcohol consumption are not allowed on campus. Drinking games encourage risky behavior.
  2. Hazing: Forcing someone to do something or implying that they must oblige as a part of a tradition or “initiation” is a Fundamental Standard violation. Students can, and have previously faced suspension, expulsion and even jail time for hazing. Review your group’s traditions and make sure you are not breaking any rules.
  3. Serving Alcohol to Minors: Stanford follows federal laws and policies. It is illegal to possess, consume, distribute, or manufacture alcohol under the age of 21 and it is illegal to serve alcohol to someone who is under the age of 21. If alcohol is served at your event, always be sure that the serving station is monitored and underage guests are not being served alcohol. Check government issued IDs (driver’s license, passport) at the door and give guests wristbands, which you can get from OAPE.
  4. Under age 18 Non-Stanford Students: Non-Stanford students who are under 18 are NEVER allowed at a Stanford party. If high school students show up at your party, do not let them in.
  5. Obstructing Police and Emergency Services: Stanford has a large network of services to assist when someone needs help. Our police, fire department and other services are here to support and protect our students. Should they be called to assist at a party, it is important that they have plenty of space to move through the area and respond to the situation. This can be very hard to do when decorations or furniture are in the fire lanes or when guests are yelling or giving them a hard time. When Police or Emergency Services arrive at your event, your job is to be as helpful as possible. One great way to help is by controlling the crowd.
  6. Serving Alcohol to the Visibly Intoxicated: Lookout for people who have had too much to drink. Some signs are slurring, stumbling, slow response time, or swift changes in behavior. If you notice that a guest has had too much to drink, check in with them and give them some water or food. They may need additional care, like a dorm staff member or even a paramedic. Either way, do not give them more alcohol. These guests are your responsibility as the party host and you would not want them to get any worse.
  7. Insensitive Themes: Be cautious of party themes that could be offensive to another group or member of the community. Themes that focus on a particular group, race, ethnicity, or culture tend to fall into this category.
  8. Excessive Noise: On campus, quiet hours begin at 11 pm Sunday-Thursday and 1 am Friday and Saturday nights. At that point, music and loud noise must be curtailed. Be aware of noise coming from your house/venue. Excessive noise can be subject to citations by the police.
  9. Intoxicated Sober Monitors: No alcohol before or during the shift
  10. Unregistered Parties: Due to social host, criminal and civil liability ordinances it is important to register your parties. By registering, you are granted special designation as a Stanford agent. If you don’t register your party, it could result in actions taken against you and/or your organization.
  11. Party Within a Party and Party Stacking: We do not allow smaller parties to take place within registered parties. An example of this would be a VIP party or special area inside of the venue with limited access.  Party Stacking is not permitted.  Party Stacking is when a party is held before or after a party.  Examples of this would be pre-gaming or after parties.
  12. Hard Liquor: Distilled liquor/spirits/hard alcohol (alcohol by volume 20 percent and above; 40 proof) is prohibited at all categories of undergraduate student parties.  Beer and wine are the only alcoholic beverages that can be present at all on-campus undergraduate student parties. Any group or residence that includes undergraduate members is subject to this policy restriction.  Groups and residences that are 100 percent graduate student in membership are exempted and may have hard alcohol in the form of mixed drinks at registered “Members” parties.  Shots of hard alcohol are prohibited at any party.
  13. Unattended Alcohol: Be very careful about how alcohol is served at your party. All alcohol must be monitored and served by someone who is sober. Unattended alcohol (e.g. kegs, punch bowls, or tables where guests can serve themselves) is not permitted.