Sponsoring Parties are required to obtain a Lehigh University Request to Serve Alcoholic Beverages for University Sponsored Events form from the University Center Reservations Desk, Conference Services, Athletics, or Zoellner Arts Center depending on where the event is being held.

  • Persons completing the request must be 21 years of age or older
  • Arrangements must be made for the use of a facility to hold the event and for the catering of food by Lehigh University Dining Services facility that you are interested in
  • All alcoholic beverage services require a University approved bartender who will be provided through Lehigh University Dining Services
  • Alcohol service is limited to one hour; if wine is to be served with dinner, alcohol service during the reception must be limited to forty-five minutes
  • Alternative non-alcoholic beverages must be available and hors d’oeuvres or other food must be served
  • Individuals visibly intoxicated will not be permitted to enter or will be asked to leave
  • No alcoholic beverages will be served to any person who is under twenty-one (21) years of age or who is visibly intoxicated.  Proof of age will be required.  Please advise your attendees to be prepared to produce appropriate identification
  • No alcoholic beverages shall be dispensed from kegs or barrels.  When serving wine with dinner, no carafes, decanters, or wine bottles are permitted on the table.  The wait-staff will be responsible for pouring the wind during dinner
  • Alcoholic beverages can only be served when the University is the sponsor and social host of the event.  This requires that University funds (charged to a University account) be used to pay for the purchase and serving of alcoholic beverages.  Examples include University sponsored events such as lectures, dinners, receptions, parties, and picnics, organized by various groups of students, faculty, staff, trustees and alumni volunteers to serve the broader interests of the University
  • No alcoholic beverages will be sold in any manner, including by use of tickets or donations (except at the Zoellner Arts Center.)
  • Sponsoring Party will need to certify that he/she is aware of the Lehigh University policy and procedures regarding the service of alcoholic beverages at events held on the University campus, and will agree that the event will be registered and conducted in strict compliance with these policies and procedures
  • All student groups hosting events with alcohol must hire Event Staff (cost to be covered by the host group) through the University Police.  Students must bring a valid drivers license to the event
  • Your attention is directed to Pennsylvania Law that prohibits the serving, furnishing, and consumption of alcoholic beverages to or by persons less than 21 years of age


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