CBS Alcohol Policy

Columbia Business School permits the service of beer and wine (and beer and wine-based beverages) at school or student organization-sponsored events with the use of club or organization funds, providing the following guidelines are met:

Due to COVID-19, normal policies and procedures will be impacted. Any changes will be communicated with club leadership. 


  • Events should be educational, cultural or social in nature. Drinking should not be the primary purpose of the event. 
  • No alcohol may be served before 5:45pm
  • All spending must fall within the Columbia Business School guidelines for meals and events.
  • Clusters may not use their school provided funds on alcohol.
  • All guests at an event where beer and wine are served must be able to show proof of age 21; anyone unable to provide proof of age must leave the event immediately.
  • Substantial food and non-alcoholic beverages must be supplied when alcohol is being served. 
  • All events at which food or beverages are served must include cleaning services after the event, and events with alcohol require a temporary permit. These are additional costs and will be charged directly to the organizing group. 
  • There may be no games of chance, drinking games, contests, “happy hours,” or other activities that induce, encourage or result in the consumption of alcohol.
  • All events that include the service of alcohol must be properly registered in CampusGroups - this includes denoting that alcohol will be served where prompted.
  • No alcohol may be served to a person who is disorderly.


  • No student organization may allocate or spend any club/organization funds on hard alcohol.
  • Off-campus events hosted by student organizations may offer a cash bar for hard alcohol with approval from the Office of Student Affairs.


  • Please review the full Columbia University statements and policies on usage of alcohol and drugs here.