partygoersParty Thrower Tips

Tips to Minimize Risk Level when Hosting a Party

check Serve water, non-alcoholic drinks and provide ample snacks for guests.

check Check IDs* for everyone entering your party, not just SUNY Geneseo IDs.

    • Acceptable forms of ID with age information include valid driver license, state-issued ID and U.S. active-duty military ID.

check Use a mark or wristband to distinguish between guests who are under 21, or 21 and over.

check Think about providing alternative activities for the group; alcohol doesn’t need to be the main event.

check 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.

check If you notice someone appearing very drunk early on, call 911 (on campus, call 245-5222), as they may have been drugged.

check To protect your personal belongings and property, close bedrooms to guests.

check Have one main entrance and monitor other access routes such as windows.

check Remember that alcohol is still the #1 date rape drug.

If the Party is Hosted by a Registered Student Organization

check Designate a risk manager (a member of the organization or advisor) to oversee risk management policies and procedures.

check Educate the organization by bringing in guest speakers to discuss alcohol and drug issues, personal safety and risk


check 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.

check Avoid using organization funds/dues for the purchase of alcohol.

check Consider hiring professional security staff to assist with:

      • Overseeing the function.

      • Managing uninvited guests.

      • Checking the identification of invited guests.

      • Collecting car keys or calling for transportation.

check Never promote or sponsor a function where you or your organization may be interpreted as selling alcohol by:

      •  Selling drink tickets, charging for admission, or asking party-goers to help pay for “decorations."

      • Charging for “all you can drink”.

      • Hosting an event in conjunction with a local bar or alcohol distributor.