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Beverage Control Policy

Laws and Policy Relating to Alcohol


New York State Liquor Authority temporary permits are required for all events that plan on selling beer or wine.

Beverage Control Policies

  1. The College permits alcohol in the Spa, Falstaff's, and at official all-College events only when a College-approved vendor provides the alcohol. Students may not bring alcohol to any event. The College will consider canceling for one year any event, even an alcohol-free event, disrupted by illegal or inappropriate drinking.
  2. Alcohol is available only to those 21 years or older. A valid state or federal identification card (driver's license, non-driver identification card, etc., as per the ABC Law of New York State) and Campus Event card shall be the only forms of accepted proof of age for Skidmore students. Guests must show two forms of ID, at least one of them being a valid state or federal identification card (driver's license, non-driver identification card, etc., as per the ABC Law of New York State).
  3. When alcoholic beverages are available at an event, the sponsors may sell the alcohol on a cash-per-drink basis only and at a cost consistent with current alcohol beverage pricing. Sponsors who intend to sell alcohol at an all- College event must submit the all-College event notification form and obtain the approval of Leadership Activities at least four weeks in advance of the proposed event.
  4. With the exception of Falstaff's, alcoholic beverages must be served and consumed within a designated area ("beer garden"). Only students who have shown proper proof of age may enter the beer garden.
  5. At all events serving alcohol, non-alcoholic beverages and food must be available in an adequate amount, throughout the event.
  6. If the size of an event exceeds capacity, or safety warrants, the College may close down the event. The College does not tolerate drinking games ("beer pong," etc.) at events. The College will discipline students who permit drinking games at events.

Student Bartenders

Skidmore College utilizes TIPS (Training for Intervention Procedures) certified student bartenders and individuals who check identification for legal age verification at Student Government Association-sponsored events. The College expects these individuals to abide by and enforce the Skidmore College alcohol and drug policy.