We want you to have a good time while you’re a student at Ball State, and we encourage you to socialize and enjoy a wide range of activities, programs, and get-togethers in addition to focusing on your studies. When it comes to hosting your own gathering, try to keep the number of guests to a manageable level and turn away people you don’t know or didn’t invite. If you’re playing music, keep the volume low so it doesn’t disturb your neighbors. As the host of the party, remember that you are responsible for your guests’ behavior as well as your own. 

Other safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Provide food for guests but limit salty snacks that can make people drink more.
  • Serve plenty of soft drinks and water.
  • If you’re serving alcohol, make sure any guests under age 21 cannot access it and stop serving it about 90 minutes before the party ends.
  • Do not sell alcohol without a license. Collecting a cover charge and giving away alcohol or selling cups is considered “selling alcohol.”
  • Don’t allow keg stands, beer bongs, or other activities that encourage rapid consumption of alcohol and can lead to alcohol poisoning.
  • Don’t let guests leave your party with open containers of alcoholic drinks.
  • Politely stop intoxicated guests from driving and make arrangements to get them home safely.
  • Encourage guests to walk home in groups for safety.
  • Ask obnoxious guests to leave. Call 911 or 765-285-1111 (University Police) for help if an unsafe situation arises.

Watch for signs of alcohol poisoning in any guest. Call 911 if one of your guests:

  • won’t wake up
  • has labored breathing
  • has clammy skin
  • is not responding when pinched, poked, or prodded.