The University aims to create positive and safe social interactions. The University recognises and respects an individual's choice to responsibly consume alcohol or to abstain.
It is expected that those who manage or participate in activities where alcohol is served do not place at risk the health, safety or wellbeing of staff, students, visitors or others, nor risk damage to property or to the reputation of the University.
There are a number of tools and resources available to staff and students planning or conducting activities where alcohol is to be served.
The University provides assistance to staff and students with concerns regarding alcohol-related issues.
All members of the University community have a duty of care to themselves and to each other and must comply at all times with the applicable UTS policies, directives, rules and guidelines. The following documents detail expectations in relation to behaviour:
- Code of Conduct Policy and Workplace Behaviour Statement (PDF, 75Kb) that apply to staff and others engaged in work at UTS (UTS staff access only)
- Student and Related Rules and Student Charter that apply to students
- Public Spaces and Facilities Management Vice-Chancellor's Directive has rules regarding service and consumption of alcohol on campus.
- Housing Services Handbook and House Rules as issued by the UTS Housing Service, that apply to students residing in University accommodation
- Fieldwork Guidelines (PDF, 461 Kb) that apply to both staff and students .
It is important that the service of alcohol at University-related events be evaluated against the Guidance for the Service of Alcohol at UTS (PDF, 129 Kb). The Guidelines provides practical advice to ensure that University-coordinated activities, whether held on-campus or off-campus, support the responsible service and consumption of alcohol.
The event management pages of this web site details further requirements for those planning events.
It is a requirement that students residing in University accommodation who plan to host social gatherings – regardless of whether alcohol is to be served – must complete an online social gathering request.
Counselling, rehabilitation and treatment
The University provides staff and students concerned about the abuse of alcohol (by themselves or others) access to appropriate counselling, rehabilitation and treatment.
As an initial step, students concerned about their consumption of alcohol can seek counselling support or may be referred to the University's Counselling Service by staff or by fellow students.
An Employee Assistance Program including confidential counselling, coaching and support is similarly available for staff (UTS staff access only).
Supervisors concerned about alcohol or other substance abuse by members of their work group should contact their HR Partner for assistance.
- The information contained on Student Services' web pages concerning drug and alcohol self-help resources and after hours emergency contacts is applicable to both staff and students.
Resources for staff
- Code of Conduct Policy (UTS staff access only)
- Workplace Behaviour Statement (UTS staff access only)
- Employee Assistance Program (UTS staff access only)
Resources for students
- Student and Related Rules and Student Charter
- Handbook and House Rules – available from the UTS Housing Service
- Alcohol factsheet (opens an external site)
- Australian Guidelines to Reduce Health Risks from Drinking Alcohol (opens an external site)
National Health and Medical Research Council
- www.alcohol.gov.au (opens an external site)
Information about alcohol-related health issues and Australian Government policy.
Australian Government – Department of Health and Ageing
- NSW Liquor Act 2007 (opens an external site)
- NSW Liquor Regulation 2018 (opens an external site)