26 June 2019

From 1 September: events in UU buildings alcohol-free until 5 p.m.

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From 1 September 2019, there will be one single alcohol policy within Utrecht University: drinks and events in and around university buildings are alcohol-free during regular office hours (until 5 p.m.). This policy applies to employees, students and external parties.

Why does the university choose this policy?

Utrecht University has various alcohol protocols for students and student organisations. For example, some of these organisations already prohibit serving alcohol before 5 p.m. The rules will be the same for employees, students and external parties.

How does this policy work?

  • Only alcohol-free drinks before 5 p.m.
    From 1 September 2019, all drinks and events in and around the university buildings will be alcohol-free until 5 p.m. This applies to employees, students and external parties. Exceptions: the University Hall, University Museum, Botanic Gardens and Parnassos.
  • No spirits
    Spirits (15% alcohol or more) are no longer served anywhere, with the exception of the Faculty Club.
  • External locations
    If you organise an event at an external location, the rules of the relevant operator apply. The Basket and Olympos are also external locations.
  • External leases
    On working days, external parties cannot serve alcohol before 5 p.m. On weekend days, the event organiser determines whether alcohol is served before 5 p.m.

The University Hall (incl. Faculty Club), University Museum, Botanic Gardens and Parnassos have a public function and are mainly used for (ceremonial, cultural and other) events.

It does not matter whether your event takes place in an university building or on the university grounds next to a university building.

You can order various non-alcoholic alternatives via the Sodexo order portal. In addition, the UU caterer is developing a broader non-alcoholic assortment.

The UU caterers do not provide alcohol when events take place before 5 p.m. All directors of faculties and service departments are informed about the standardised alcohol policy. They are expected to communicate about this policy within their own organisational unit and to ensure that employees and students adhere to this.

More vital and healthy society

The standardised alcohol policy fits with the National Prevention Agreement in which more than seventy organisations made agreements on striving for a smoke-free generation, preventing problematic alcohol us and decreasing the number of overweight and obese people. The ultimate goal is a healthier society.

More information

Marjon van der Kaa: m.l.vanderkaa@uu.nl