New rules on serving alcohol at UW events

Rules go into effect spring semester

Published On: Dec 24 2013 05:52:27 PM CST   Updated On: Dec 05 2013 07:04:42 PM CST

The University of Wisconsin-Madison has new rules regarding when alcohol can be served at campus events.

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell said a task force conducted a comprehensive review of campus alcohol policies and procedures.

The task force was convened after a UW athletic official resigned early last year following allegations he threw a hotel-suite party at the Rose Bowl and groped a student.

Athletics Administrator John Chadima resigned in January after the allegations surfaced, and the university said it would review its policies on both on- and off-campus alcohol use.

“I think it’s fair to say that those events made us, as a campus, really want to be clear about what our policy was,” Executive Director of University Health Services Sarah Van Orman said. “I think some of those events made us particularly make sure we were clearly communicating what the guidelines were and did they need to be followed.”

The rules require at least two-thirds of an event’s attendees to be 21, and there must be one responsible employee on hand for the first 50 attendees and another employee for every additional 25 additional attendees. Those employees must take an online training course.

University officials said they believe most events comply with this policy, and it won’t affect alcohol service at any major public events.

Events subject to the new rules include all university-sponsored or university-funded activities, on or off campus.

The new rules go into effect for the spring semester.