Social Event and Alcohol Management

Social Event and Alcohol Management

The Social Event and Alcohol Management working group was formed in mid-February 2015 with the charge of revising the alcohol management procedures, formerly known as SEMP (Social Event Management Procedures). Students from a wide range of class years and identities came together with administrative experts to review the history of alcohol management at Dartmouth, evaluate the current approach, benchmark other colleges and universities, and engage the community in keeping our social events safe.

The guiding principles we have used in our approach to revision include improving student safety, reducing dangerous drinking, aligning expectations with reality of the social scene on the Dartmouth campus, and increasing honest dialogue between students and administration. Additionally, we purposefully made a distinction between specific requirements for managing alcohol versus the broader conversation of managing safe social events. We believe that conflating those two concepts implies that all social events must have alcohol when we know that there are countless social events that must be managed safely where alcohol is not served and that alcohol is just one component of events to be managed.

The new Alcohol Management Program, or AMP, keep the same three-tier framework but have made a variety of changes so that students may more easily understand how to plan their events. Major revisions include the addition of third-party bartenders at large open parties, as well as a security presence for the duration of these parties. These two changes were specifically recommended by President Hanlon and the Moving Dartmouth Forward Committee.

Student groups will no longer have the same restrictions on amount and type of alcohol being served at the event. Student groups are expected to plan carefully and not purchase excessive amounts of alcohol.

The full launch of the Alcohol Management Program Policy occurred in Fall 2015.