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Party Throwing

Wake Forest is a vibrant campus community. Click on the links below to see how you can throw a fun and safe party:

General Information

  • Familiarize yourself with the North Carolina Alcohol Laws to keep you and your party goers safe.
  • Always clean up any mess your event creates and make sure to keep the noise down at a reasonable level.
  • Register your event in accordance with the on-campus party management policy and follow all pre, post and during event policies.
  • For on campus events, make sure you have enough party hosts trained from your organization. There are many of these trainings at the beginning of each semester so don’t wait to be trained. Having more members of your organization trained works to your advantage.
  • Have at least four people present who are not drinking and designate a responsible person who can speak with the police should there be a problem.
  • Limit alcohol consumption, and serve non-alcoholic beverages in addition to any alcohol. Additionally, provide food and use cans or clear plastic cups rather than glass bottles.
  • Whether you are on or off campus, remember to respect your neighbors.
  • Never promote or sponsor a function where you or your organization may be interpreted as selling alcohol by selling drink tickets, selling empty cups, charging for “all you can drink,” or hosting an event in conjunction with a local bar or alcohol distributor.

On Campus Events and Training Materials

Organizations and departments or other campus entities planning to hold an event on campus with alcohol must attend the Risk Management/Alcohol Safety Training at the beginning of each semester. Please contact greek@wfu.edu with questions about training sessions.

  • Making your event BYOB
  • Event Management Procedures
  • Party Management Enforcement
  • Post-Function Cleanup
  • Tailgating Etiquette
  • University Hazing Policy
  • FIPG Policy

All on campus social functions must be registered with and approved by the Department of Campus Life. Friday and Saturday night events with alcohol must be registered by 3 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the event. Social functions with alcohol held at any other time of the week must be registered by the Monday before the event. Alcohol-free events must be registered at least 24 hours in advance. However, it is best to get the registration form in as early as possible so that the office can assist you with planning and logistics.

Registering an event is an easy process. There are two separate registration forms – one for events with alcohol and one for alcohol-free events. Click here to submit the registration form. Once it is received by Campus Life, you will receive an approval email with further instructions on managing your event. Remember to publicize your event in accordance with the University Posting Policy and Event Management Guidelines.

After the event has ended, the individual responsible for registering the event will be required to complete the Event Evaluation Form. This must be done by 10 a.m. the morning after the event. Click here to submit the form for Campus Life review. Also, remember to return your event binder to Benson 349 on the next business day.

If you have any questions regarding the Party Management System, please contact Campus Life at 336.758.4070 or email greek@wfu.edu.

Off Campus Event Information

Here are some general tips on hosting a successful event off campus:

  • Respect your neighbors and landlord. Remember that you live in a residential community comprised of children and adults.
  • Familiarize yourself with North Carolina law, the student code of conduct and your lease agreement to keep you and your party goers safe.
  • Contact your neighbors to let them know you’ll be having guests over and ask if there is anything you can do as a host to make it easier for them.
  • Have at least two people there who are not drinking and designate a responsible person to speak with the police should a problem arise.
  • Limit alcohol consumption, and serve non-alcoholic beverages in addition to any alcohol. Additionally, provide food and use cans or clear plastic cups rather than glass bottles.
  • Never promote or sponsor a function where you or your organization may be interpreted as selling alcohol by selling drink tickets, selling empty cups, charging for “all you can drink,” or hosting an event in conjunction with a local bar or alcohol distributor.
  • Plan how people will be getting home. Remember Social Host Liability: you are liable for the actions of people who leave your party intoxicated. Take care of your guests!
  • Clean up any mess your event creates – both inside and outside of your house. Take a moment to make sure your neighbors’ property was unaffected by your party.

Social Host Liability

For more information on social host liability, please visit the following website: