Party Throwing Tips

Tips to Minimize Risk Level when Hosting a Party

  • Serve water, non-alcoholic drinks and provide snacks for guests, especially for those under 21.
  • Think about providing alternative activities for the group; alcohol doesn’t need to be the main event.
  • Be wary of serving alcohol in large, open “punch bowl” type containers; in these situations it would be easy for someone to slip in a drug.
  • If you notice someone appearing very drunk early on, call 911, as they may have been drugged.
  • To protect your personal belongings and property, close bedrooms to guests.
  • Have one main entrance and close other access routes such as windows.
  • Remember that alcohol is still the most used date rape drug.
  • If the party gets out of hand, call the police yourself, rather than risk a neighbor reporting you. The officers will help you out! City of Davis Police Department, non-emergency: (530) 747-5400
  • Check IDs* for everyone entering your party, not just UC Davis IDs.
    • Acceptable forms of ID with age information include valid driver license, state-issued ID and U.S. active-duty military ID.
  • Use a mark or wristband to distinguish between guests who are under 21, or 21 and over.

If the Party is Hosted by a Registered Student Organization

  • Educate the organization by bringing in guest speakers to discuss alcohol and drug issues, personal safety and risk management.
  • Designate a risk manager (a member of the organization or advisor) to oversee risk management policies and procedures.
  • Inform your advisor and your officers of your event and involve them in your planning. Invite them to your events to help maintain order and to assist you with active risk management.
  • Consider hiring professional security staff to assist with:
  • Never promote or sponsor a function where you or your organization may be interpreted as selling alcohol by:
  • Selling drink tickets.
  • Charging for “all you can drink”.
  • Hosting an event in conjunction with a local bar or alcohol distributor.