Gordie Center

for Substance Abuse Prevention

Approval for Alcohol at the University

Approval to use alcohol at an event on University property or at a University function involving University of Virginia students requires approval a minimum of one week in advance in writing from the Vice President for Student Affairs. Please submit the Use for Alcohol Request Form to request approval.

Risk Management Training

The risk management training is required for individuals who serve as Event Managers at U.Va. events or events on U.Va. property where alcohol is served.   Please email Melanie Tyree to register for the training, which is hosted on Collab.  Please allow up to 2 business days to receive an email with the course link. 

Wristband Policy

  • The Office of Health Promotion provides disposable plastic wristbands to UVa student organizations and University departments for the purpose of identifying event patrons who are of legal age to consume alcohol.
  • Wristbands are not provided for events where alcohol is not served or events where only individuals who are of the legal age to drink are admitted. The wristbands are to be used to differentiate between patrons who are of legal age versus those who are not.
  • Each UVa student organization or University department may request up to 500 free wristbands per academic year (June 1 – May 31).
  • After a UVa student organization or University department exceeds the annual 500 wristband limit, the group may choose to purchase wristbands at a recovery charge of $0.13 per wristband. Purchases must be made in groups of ten wristbands.

Should you have any questions regarding the wristband policy, or if you would like to request wristbands and schedule a time for pickup, please contact the Melanie Tyree at the Office of Health Promotion at 924-1509 or

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