Keefe Campus Center

Party Options

Party Option 1: Small Party <99 (BYOB or Alcohol-Free)

  • One Party Sponsor is required per 50 guests.
  • Maximum of 99 guests, however if venue capacity is less than 99, guest attendance must not exceed the venue capacity.
  • Party will not be advertised to entire campus and/or five-college campuses.
  • Attendees who are of legal drinking age may bring beer or wine for their personal consumption (maximum of one six-pack or one bottle of wine per person).
  • Intermingling is allowed.    
  • Hard alcohol, drinking games, funnels, ice-luges, and similar devices are prohibited.
  • Student Security/Crowd Manager/TIPS certified servers are not required.
  • Party Sponsor(s) Obligations:
    • Do not allow anyone to distribute alcohol
    • Be in attendance for the duration of the party
    • Remain sober
    • Make a responsible effort to manage party safety- maintaining safe attendance levels and addressing unsafe intoxication of guests.
    • Do not knowingly allow anyone who is under age to possess/consume alcohol
  • Party Sponsors are encouraged to utilize the Early Warning System (call Amherst College Police, x2291) to request a courtesy warning call if a noise complaint is received.  You will get one warning via phone; if additional noise complaints are received, Amherst College Police will need to respond.
  • Safety is the college’s first priority. Students should call ACEMS and/or AC Police for support whenever the need arises, with the understanding that this will be taken into consideration in any student conduct meetings that may result from unsafe conditions at a party.
  • For Option 1, you must submit the Party Registration Form by 9 a.m. Thursday for a party on Fri/Sat/Sun or two business days in advance for a party on Mon/Tues/Wed/Thurs. Staff will contact you via email to approve your party—or, if the registration form is incomplete to gather more information from you.

Party Option 2: Small Party <99 (Beer and Wine TIPS certified service)

  • One Party Sponsor is required per 50 guests.
  • Maximum of 99 guests, however if venue capacity is less than 99, guest attendance must not exceed the venue capacity.
  • Party will not be advertised to entire campus and/or five-college campuses.
  • Intermingling is allowed.                  
  • Hard alcohol, drinking games, funnels, ice-luges, and similar devices are prohibited              
  • Student Security staff is required to check IDs and issue wristbands to 21+ guests.
  • TIPS certified servers are required to serve all alcohol in a public common room, one server per 50 guests.
  • A Wine and Malt (Beer) license is mandatory at any party at which beer and/or wine are being served and there is an admission charge, donation to enter or any other attempt to raise money.
    • If beer is to be served from a keg, Party Sponsor must obtain at Keg License from the Town of Amherst.
  • Party Sponsor(s) Obligations:
    • At least one Party Sponsor must be 21 years of age to provide the alcohol for the beverage service
    • The 21+ Party Sponsor’s name must be listed on Party Registration Form
    • Hire and pay for Student Security and TIPS certified servers (Student Activities Office can assist in this process)
    • Obtain a Wine and Malt (Beer) License and/or Keg License if applicable
    • Provide food, water, and non-alcoholic beverages in volume sufficient for expected number of guests
    • Be in attendance for the duration of the party
    • Remain sober
    • Make a responsible effort to manage party safety- maintaining safe attendance levels and addressing unsafe intoxication of guests
    • Do not knowingly allow anyone who is under age to possess/consume alcohol
  • Party Sponsors are encouraged to utilize the Early Warning System (call Amherst College Police, x2291) to request a courtesy warning call if a noise complaint is received.  You will get one warning via phone; if additional noise complaints are received, Amherst College Police will need to respond.
  • Safety is the college’s first priority. Students should call ACEMS and/or AC Police for support whenever the need arises, with the understanding that this will be taken into consideration in any student conduct meetings that may result from unsafe conditions at a party.
  • If you choose Party Option 2, you must submit the Party Registration Form at least 5 business days in advance. When submitting this formyou will include your availability toschedule a meeting with Student Activities Office staff to discuss the party details and to allow time needed to schedule Student Security and for you to arrange hiring of TIPS certified servers.

Party Option 3: Large Party >99 (Alcohol-Free)

  • One Party Sponsor is required per 50 guests.
  • Guest attendance must not exceed the venue capacity.
  • Party Sponsor(s) Obligations:
    • Be in attendance for the duration of the party
    • Remain sober
    • Hire and pay for Student Security and a Crowd Manager (Student Activities Office can assist in this process)
    • Make a responsible effort to manage party safety- maintaining safe attendance levels and addressing unsafe intoxication of guests
  • Party Sponsors are encouraged to utilize the Early Warning System (call Amherst College Police, x2291) to request a courtesy warning call if a noise complaint is received.  You will get one warning via phone; if additional noise complaints are received, Amherst College Police will need to respond.
  • Safety is the college’s first priority. Students should call ACEMS and/or AC Police for support whenever the need arises, with the understanding that this will be taken into consideration in any student conduct meetings that may result from unsafe conditions at a party.
  • If you choose Party Option 3,you must submit the Party Registration Form at least 5 business days in advance. When submitting this form you will include your availability to schedule a meeting with Student Activities Office staff to discuss the party details and to allow time needed to schedule student security and a Crowd Manager.
  • Open to the entire AC community and/or Five College community.
  • No alcohol permitted.
  • Student Security staff are required.
  • A Crowd Manager must be secured. Note: Parties with >99 guests trigger the requirements of the state of Massachusetts Crowd Manager Law.

Party Option 4: Large Party >99 (Beer and Wine TIPS certified service)

  • One Party Sponsor is required per 50 guests.
  • Guest attendance must not exceed the venue capacity.
  • Venue must have a separate 21+ room for the beer/wine service.  These venues include: Seeley and Lipton.
  • Open to the entire AC Community and/or five-college campuses.
  • Student Security staff is required.
  • TIPS certified servers are required to serve all alcohol, one server per 50 guests.
  • Hard alcohol, drinking games, funnels, ice-luges, and similar devices are prohibited              
  • A Wine and Malt (Beer) license is mandatory at any party at which beer and/or wine are being served and there is an admission charge, donation to enter or any other attempt to raise money.
    • If beer is to be served from a keg, Party Sponsor must obtain at Keg License from the Town of Amherst.
  • Party Sponsor(s) Obligations:
    • At least one Party Sponsor must be 21 years of age to provide the alcohol for the beverage service
    • The 21+ Party Sponsor’s name must be listed on Party Registration Form
    • Hire and pay for Student Security, TIPS certified servers and the Crowd Manager (Student Activities Office can assist in this process)
    • Obtain a Wine and Malt (Beer) License and/or Keg License if applicable
    • Provide food, water, and non-alcoholic beverages in volume sufficient for expected number of guests
    • Be in attendance for the duration of the party
    • Remain sober
    • Make a responsible effort to manage party safety- maintaining safe attendance levels and addressing unsafe intoxication of guests
    • Do not knowingly allow anyone who is under age to possess/consume alcohol
  • Party Sponsors are encouraged to utilize the Early Warning System (call Amherst College Police, x2291) to request a courtesy warning call if a noise complaint is received.  You will get one warning via phone; if additional noise complaints are received, Amherst College Police will need to respond.
  • Safety is the college’s first priority. Students should call ACEMS and/or AC Police for support whenever the need arises, with the understanding that this will be taken into consideration in any student conduct meetings that may result from unsafe conditions at a party.
  • If you choose Party Option 4, you must submit the Party Registration Form at least 5 business days in advance. When submitting this form you will include your availability to schedule a meeting with Student Activities Office staff to discuss the party details and to allow time needed to schedule student security and a Crowd Manager and for you to hire TIPS certified servers.
  • A Crowd Manager (typically a Police Officer) must be secured. Note: Parties with >99 guests trigger the requirements of the state of Massachusetts Crowd Manager Law.
 

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