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The UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse governs the use of alcohol by departments, organized research units, Registered Campus Organizations, campus affiliated organizations, and non-University groups and individuals who conduct activities and events in University facilities. Go to Use of Alcohol for more information.

 

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The UCSB Interim Food Service Policy governs catering, food distribution, and food sales sponsored, hosted or administered by members of the UCSB community, that use UCSB managed funds, or take place on University premises or in University facilities. Go to Catering for more information.

 

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The UCSB Interim Food Service Policy governs catering, food distribution, and food sales sponsored, hosted or administered by members of the UCSB community, that use UCSB managed funds, or take place on University premises or in University facilities. Go to Concessions for more information.

 

Use of Alcohol

The UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse governs the use of alcohol by departments, organized research units, Registered Campus Organizations, and campus affiliated organizations at University-sponsored events. The Policy also governs the use of alcohol by non-University groups and individuals who conduct activities and events in University facilities and on University premises.

UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse

To promote an environment of academic excellence and to comply with the requirements of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act and the Drug Free Workplace Act, the UCSB Policy On Substance Abuse requires that academic and staff employees and students:

  • Shall not use illegal substances and shall not abuse legal substances in a manner that impairs scholarly activities, job performance, or student life.
  • Shall not use illegal or legal substances in a manner that violates applicable criminal or civil laws in the workplace, on university premises, at university activities, or while conducting university business.
  • Are prohibited from the unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of alcohol and/or controlled substances in the workplace, on university premises, at university activities, or while conducting university business.
  • Are required, if involved in work on or for a federal grant or contract, as a condition of employment on the grant or contract, to notify the university within five (5) calendar days if they are convicted of any criminal drug statute violation for activity occurring at the workplace, at the location of any grant/contract activity, or while on university business.

The Policy (see Section VII “University Sanctions” and Section IX. “Legal Sanctions”) describes sanctions that can be levied against faculty, staff, students, Registered Campus Organizations, visitors and visiting organizations found in violation of University policies and campus regulations.

Use of Alcohol at Department Events

Campus departments and units have developed policies that augment the UCSB Policy On Substance Abuse and its implementing guidelines. Groups and individuals who want to conduct events at which alcohol will be served must comply with the review and approval procedures departments have established which govern the use of alcohol at department events. If your department does not have such review and approval procedures, please consult with, and obtain the approval of, department senior officers about how to proceed with plans to engage in activities that involve the use of alcohol. Department policy may be more restrictive than the UCSB Substance Abuse Policy, but not less restrictive. Departments are required to ensure that their policies remain consistent with the UC Policy on Substance Abuse and the UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse and Implementing Guidelines (see Appendix B. “UCSB Department Policies”) and applicable personnel policies.

Use of Alcohol by Non-Affiliates

The Regulations Governing Conduct of Non-Affiliates state that no non-affiliate shall drink or consume any alcoholic beverage, or possess an alcoholic beverage in an open container, on University property out of doors, except as an invited guest at an event or activity sponsored by the University at which the Designated University Official has approved the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Substance Abuse Counseling Services

UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse, (see Section V. Early Identification of Substance Abuse, Referral and Counseling Services), for information about University resources available to academic and staff employees, and students who seek assistance for substance abuse and dependency problems. See also, Appendix A. “Campus Resources.”

Sale of Alcohol

See UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse, Section X, Subsection D (1). “Sale of Alcohol.”

  1. It is a misdemeanor to sell or expose for sale any intoxicating liquor within one mile of the UCSB campus. Exceptions include bona fide eating-places licensees, off-sale licensees and club licensees (California Penal Code 172, 172e, 172f, 172h).
  2. All food service providers licensed to sell alcoholic beverages in a university facility shall have a system of server training.
  3. The price of alcoholic beverages sold on campus shall not be at a level to encourage excessive consumption (e.g., progressive drink pricing).
  4. It is unlawful to issue a license to fraternities, sororities or other student organizations to sell alcoholic beverages (California Penal Code, Section 172e).

Service of Alcohol

See UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse, Section X, Subsection D (2). “Service of Alcohol.”

  1. All individuals, groups or organizations responsible for an event at which alcoholic beverages are served must ensure compliance with applicable laws and university policies and regulations.
  2. The consumption of beer, wine, or distilled spirits shall not be the primary purpose of any event.
  3. At all events where alcoholic beverages are served, suitable non- alcoholic beverages and food shall be made available for the duration of the event. Non-alcoholic beverages shall be of comparable quality and shall be featured as prominently as the alcoholic beverages.
  4. No event shall include any form of "drinking contest" in its activities or promotion.
  5. No person under 21 years of age and no obviously intoxicated person shall be furnished, served, or given an alcoholic beverage (California Business and Professions Code 25602a, 26558a).
  6. At events where some attendees are under 21 years of age, designated servers shall restrict access to alcoholic beverages in order to avoid service to those under 21.
  7. A person may be a server of alcoholic beverages at 18 years of age if his or her primary duty is the service of food, with the service of alcohol being incidental. S/he may not, however, mix drinks or serve from the bar until s/he is 21 years of age or older (California Business and Professions Code, Section 25667).
  8. Servers and event assistants are prohibited from consuming any alcoholic beverages at the event.
  9. It is recommended that the consumption of alcoholic beverages be discontinued 30 minutes before the scheduled ending of the event.
  10. All campus entities that sponsor events at which alcoholic beverages are served, whether on or off campus, should review this policy and implementing guidelines prior to the event and ensure compliance.
  11. If an event is likely to draw in excess of 2,500 guests, the event sponsor must first evaluate its feasibility in consultation with affected groups and departments and receive approval from the Major Events Committee.

Advertising, Marketing & Sponsorship

The UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse (see Section X, Subsection E “Advertising, Marketing, and Sponsorship Guidelines”) describes under what conditions and to what extent alcohol may be used to promote, advertise, and sponsor University events.

Laws Governing Alcohol Use & University Liability

The University can incur liability when it serves alcohol at an event. It may incur liability if it causes or contributes to the intoxication of an individual whose subsequent actions cause loss or serves liquor to someone already under the influence. It is a misdemeanor to serve alcohol to an obviously intoxicated person (California Business and Professions Code, Section 25602). The University can incur liability if it violates alcoholic beverage laws, statues, or regulations. It can incur liability if it serves liquor to a minor. Anyone under 21 who drinks alcohol or anyone who serves alcohol to someone under 21 is guilty of a misdemeanor (California Business and Professions Code, Section 25658). See UCSB Policy on Substance Abuse, (see Appendix C, “A Sample of Applicable Laws and Ordinances”) for a list of Laws and Ordinances Governing Alcohol. NOTE: The University’s insurance programs rarely cover employees charged with criminal behavior.

Liquor Licenses on UC Premises

University Delegation of Authority 554 states, “...no individual, group, or campus acting in the name of The Regents or in the name of the University may apply for a license to engage in the sale of any alcoholic beverage, including beer...”. This prohibition is pursuant to the State Constitution, which prohibits any State agency, including the University, from being licensed to sell alcoholic beverages. Therefore, any license to provide or sell alcoholic beverages on a campus must be issued in the name of an organization such as a faculty club, food service vendor, alumni group, or other independent entity. Chancellors have delegated authority to submit a written request directly to the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on behalf of organizations applying for licenses to serve liquor on campus and a written statement setting forth the reasons why issuance of the license would be in the public interest. Questions concerning the approval of liquor licenses in University facilities should be directed to the Policy Coordinator in the Office of the Vice-Chancellor of Administrative Services.

Reduce and/or Transfer the Risk

Alcohol is a part of American society but increasing attention is focused on its responsible use. If your department provides alcoholic beverages at any of its events it is the department’s responsibility to manage the risk. Be familiar with liquor laws and regulations and make certain your event is organized accordingly. Consider the alcohol content of the alcoholic beverages being served; control the serving size. Serve low alcohol or non-alcoholic drinks of equal quality and variety. Do not allow open bars. Locate the bar where people do not continually pass by it. Close the bar well before the end of the event. Serve food; preferably more than hors d’oeuvres.

An excellent way to reduce the risk exposure that alcohol consumption creates for the University is to transfer the responsibility of providing and serving the alcohol to a licensed and insured hotel, restaurant, caterer or professional bartender. The campus Procurement Services Office and Risk Management Office will make certain the vendor has the proper insurance, including Liquor Liability Insurance in the amount of $1,000,000. The contract with the vendor will contain an indemnity provision that, along with the vendor’s insurance, will transfer the risk associated with an alcohol-related loss to the vendor (see Contracts for information about indemnification, insurance, and risk transfer).

 

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Catering Services

The UCSB Food Service Policy governs catering, food distribution, and food sales sponsored, hosted or administered by members of the UCSB community, that use UCSB managed funds, or take place on University premises or in University facilities.

Catered Events at UCSB

Campus Catering has exclusive responsibility for providing all catering, food distribution, and food sales at UC Santa Barbara. Departments planning events that will require catered food service, either on-campus or off-campus, must first contact Campus Catering who has first right of refusal to provide service. If Campus Catering is unable to provide the required food service they will permit the use of a commercial caterer. Commercial caterers must meet University insurance requirements and possess a current Health Permit.

Caterer Insurance/Health Permit Requirements

If Campus Catering gives a department permission to work with a commercial caterer, the caterer must be “approved” before it can provide service at a University function.

See FS: Catering Services Approval Process for more information.

List of Approved Caterers

See List of Approved Caterers.

Obtaining a UCSB Catering Permit

Caterers cannot work at a campus event without an approved Catering Permit (DocuSign). The UCSB Catering Permit (DocuSign) contains terms and conditions that protect the University in the event that the caterer’s acts or omissions are responsible for injury.

After the Risk Management office has put a caterer on the List of Approved Caterers, the department must complete the following steps to obtain an approved UCSB Catering Permit (DocuSign):

When the Department submits the caterer’s invoice to Accounting, it must submit the approved Catering Permit along with the invoice or Accounting will not pay the invoice.

Food Truck Catering Service

If a food truck is going to provide catering service, the department and the food truck vendor must contact Campus Concessions. Campus Concessions will coordinate the approval process with Campus Catering.

Catering Services - Exception to Policy

When a department orders pizza (any dollar amount) or catered food service whose total cost does not exceed $150.00, they do not need the approval of Campus Catering and a UCSB Catering Permit is not required. Except for pizza delivery, ALL food service at UCSB events must be from caterers who are on the List of Approved Caterers and who are approved to provide food service at UCSB events.

Required Event Information

Provide the following information about your event to Campus Catering when making a request for food service: event date and time, event location, sponsoring department, department contact name, telephone number, and email address, number of people at the event, type of food, whether selling food or catering (no cash handling), the name of the caterer you wish to use if Campus Catering cannot meet the department’s needs. Provide a copy of the caterer’s invoice or quote.

Food Safety & Sanitation

The University requires that caterers, concessionaires, and food trucks comply with University policies and procedures regarding food safety and sanitation and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Requirements for Temporary Food Facilities. Campus Catering, Campus Concessions, and Environmental Health & Safety reserve the right to monitor and inspect food distribution by commercial food providers at University events to ensure compliance with these requirements.

Food Concessions

Go to Food Concessions for information about the use of food concessions at UCSB events.

 

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Food Concessions

The UCSB Food Service Policy governs catering, food distribution, and food sales sponsored, hosted or administered by members of the UCSB community, that use UCSB managed funds, or take place on University premises or in University facilities.

Food Concessions at UCSB Events

The UCSB Food Service Policy gives Campus Concessions exclusive responsibility and first right of refusal to provide food service for events held at campus athletic facilities, tournaments, concerts, Arts & Lectures events, and for unaffiliated organizations that use campus facilities. If Campus Concessions cannot provide the required food services it will permit the use of an approved food concessionaire.

Food Concessionaire Insurance Requirements

A department or unaffiliated organization seeking to use food concessionaires at an event must first contact Campus Concessions to request food service. If Campus Concessions approves the use of an outside food concessionaire the department or unaffiliated organization and the concessionaire must complete the following steps:

  • Submit the concessionaire’s Certificate of Insurance and current Health Permit to the Risk Management Office.
  • The concessionaire’s insurance must comply with the University’s requirements; see FS: Food Service Insurance Requirements.
  • The Risk Management office will notify Campus Concessions when the concessionaire’s insurance meets the University’s requirements.
  • Obtain a UCSB Concessions Permit (see instructions below).

Food Trucks at UCSB Events

Campus Concessions has exclusive responsibility to review and approve the use of any food truck that sells food or provides catering service on the UCSB campus.

Food Truck Insurance Requirements

A department or unaffiliated organization seeking to use a food truck at an event must first contact Campus Concessions. If Campus Concessions approves the use of a food truck the department or unaffiliated organization and food truck vendor must:

  • Submit the food truck vendor’s Certificate of Insurance and current Health Permit to the Risk Management Office.
  • The food truck vendor’s insurance must comply with the University’s requirements; see FS: Food Service Insurance Requirements.
  • The Risk Management office will notify Campus Concessions when the food truck vendor’s insurance meets the University’s requirements.
  • Obtain a UCSB Concessions Permit (see instructions below).

Obtaining a UCSB Concessions Permit

Concessionaires and food truck vendors cannot work at campus events without an approved UCSB Concessions Permit. The UCSB Concessions Permit contains terms and conditions that protect the University in the event that the concessionaire’s or food truck vendor’s acts or omissions are responsible for injury.

After the Risk Management office has notified Campus Concessions that the food truck vendor’s Certificate of Insurance and Health Permit meet the University’s requirements, the department or unaffiliated organization must complete the following steps to obtain an approved UCSB Concessions Permit:

  • Contact Campus Concessions and request a UCSB Concessions Permit Application.
  • Complete and sign the UCSB Concessions Permit Application.
  • Submit the UCSB Concessions Permit Application to Campus Concessions.
  • Campus Concessions will review and approve the UCSB Concessions Permit Application.
  • Campus Concessions will issue a UCSB Concessions Permit to the concessionaire upon receipt of the applicable permit fees.

Food Truck Catering Service

If a food truck is going to provide catering service, the department and the food truck vendor must contact Campus Concessions. Campus Concessions will coordinate the approval process with Campus Catering.

Required Event Information

Provide the following information about your event to Campus Concessions. Campus Concessions when making a request for food service: event date and time, event location, sponsoring department, department contact name, telephone number, and email address, number of people at the event, type of food, the name of the food service provider you wish to use if Campus Concessions. Campus Concessions cannot meet the department’s needs. Provide a copy of the concessionaire’s or food truck vendor’s invoice or quote.

Food Safety & Sanitation

The University requires that caterers, concessionaires, and food trucks comply with University policies and procedures regarding food safety and sanitation and the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department’s Requirements for Temporary Food Facilities. Campus Catering, Campus Concessions, and Environmental Health & Safety reserve the right to monitor and inspect food distribution by commercial food providers at University events to ensure compliance with these requirements.

Catering Services

Go to Catering Services for information about the use of catering services at UCSB events.

 

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