Alcohol Service at College Events

Serving alcohol at campus events is both a long standing tradition and an ongoing privilege. At the same time it is College policy and intention to fully comply with the laws of Minnesota.

Bon Appétit Management Company, Carleton’s food service contractor, has a Minnesota Liquor License for serving alcohol on the Carleton campus.  Specifically, Bon Appétit is the only caterer who may serve alcohol in Sayles-Hill or at any event at which Bon Appétit caters food at Carleton.

Carleton College grants permission for the reasonable and lawful consumption of alcoholic beverages at institutional events when the sponsoring party agrees to provide for the event in accordance with the laws of the State of Minnesota.

For the purposes of this policy, an Institutional Event is the following:

An Official College event that is sponsored or scheduled by one or more academic departments or administrative offices to take place on the campus for members of the Carleton College community. It is recognized that students, faculty, staff, alumni, trustees, guests, and members of the community may attend such events. Examples of these events include Convocation receptions, Family Weekend events, Homecoming weekend events, Employee and Community Holiday Receptions, Employee Recognition Celebrations, the Nutting Garden Party for Opening Convocation, Trustee Events, Advancement and Donor Recognition Events, Commencement events, Alumni Reunion weekend events and catered receptions and dinners for guest speakers or performers.

Alcohol served at an Institutional Event must be purchased by and served by Bon Appétit, the licensed caterer. The following is the protocol for the serving of alcohol at an Institutional Event:

  • Bon Appétit staff are responsible for ensuring that only legally eligible adults may consume alcoholic beverages.
  • Alcoholic beverage containers may only be opened by Bon Appétit staff.
  • No alcoholic beverages may be removed from an event by anyone other than Bon Appétit staff. Event attendees may not take partially full open containers home with them.

Last Revised: August 1, 2018

Approved September 14, 2010

For: Students, Staff, Faculty

Last Reviewed: August 1, 2022

Maintained by: Auxiliary Services