Alcohol policy

Alcohol may be served in individual apartments without registration. However, to comply with state, local, and MIT regulations, alcohol may only be served in public spaces (including dorm common spaces) if the event has been registered. To register an event at which alcohol is to be served, please follow the procedures outlined below.

For groups larger than 10 people

Groups larger than 10 may only serve alcohol in the TV room (up to 15 people), the Media room (up to 20 people), or the Colbert Room (up to 50 people). The procedure to register is as follows:

  1. Fill out and submit the room reservation form to reserve the space you would like to use. Indicate your desire to serve alcohol. When the reservation has been processed and approved by the Building Chairs, your event will be listed on the dorm calendar and will be marked "Alcohol Approval Pending".

  2. Fill out the appropriate forms to register the event through the Student Activities Office in the Student Center. Note that this may take up to 5 business days. When alcohol registration has been approved, please email wh-ras@mit.edu so that your calendar listing can be updated with "Approved for alcohol". Alcohol may not be served or consumed at any event of more than 10 people until the calendar listing has been updated. Please display the completed approval form during your event.

For groups of 10 people or fewer

Small groups of 10 or less may register at the time of the event if they wish to consume alcohol in the TV room, the Media room, the Colbert Room, or the floor lounges, with or without a room reservation, but subject to last minute availability. Registration may be done by submitting an online small group alcohol registration form and taking a copy of the submission acknowledgment to the front desk. The front desk worker will then allow the resident to check out a 4 hour alcohol registration sign for the requested room, which must be displayed during the event. Since small group alcohol registration is limited to one group at a time in the TV room, Media room, and floor lounges, and a maximum of two groups at a time in the Colbert Room, it is recommended that residents call (3-6588) before taking the form to the front desk, to be sure that an alcohol registration sign for the appropriate room is available. Alcohol registration signs borrowed from the front desk must be returned at the end of the 4 hour registration period, and no later than 11:30 PM. Keeping a sign beyond the registration period is the same as holding an unregistered event, and residents will be finedĀ $25 per hour for late returns. (If the four hour period ends after 11:30 PM, the sign may be returned by noon the following day with no penalty.) Residents should be aware that submitting a small event form does not guarantee that either the room or an alcohol sign will be available. To guarantee availability, follow the procedure outlined above for events with more than 10 people.

It is against the law to serve alcohol in public areas without appropriate registration, or to serve alcohol to anyone under 21. Failure to comply with the policies and procedures outlined above may result in a dorm fine of $100 or more, in addition to whatever measures may be deemed appropriate by members of the MIT administration.