Circling Code of Conduct

Warwick Students’ Union and the University of Warwick licensed areas, recognise the history, value and importance of “Circling” to numerous groups of Warwick students.

We pride ourselves on providing a safe and inclusive environment on campus for Circling to occur.

All licensed premises must operate within the conditions of the Licensing Act 2003 (Mandatory Licencing Conditions) Order 2014.

This Code of Conduct has been drawn up to ensure all groups that circle are aware of the key legislation governing responsible retailing, and in particular, as part of circling which activities are not permitted.

Specific legislation banning irresponsible promotions includes:

  1. 1)  Games or other activities which require or encourage, or are designed to require or encourage individuals to-
    1. Drink a quantity of alcohol in a time limit
    2. Drink as much alcohol as possible
  2. 2)  selling or supplying alcohol in association with promotional posters or flyers on, or in the vicinity of, thepremises which can reasonably be considered to condone, encourage or glamorise anti-socialbehaviour or refer to the effects of drunkenness in a favourable manner
  3. 3)  dispensing alcohol directly by one person into the mouth of another (other than where that other personis unable to drink without assistance by reason of disability)

What does this mean?

Drinking games can be played, however if the forfeit is to take a drink, the following must apply:

  •  No one is forced to drink, they can choose to opt out of the forfeit without penalty
  •  The drink doesn’t need to be alcoholic
  •  The forfeit can’t be a specified quantity
  •  No drinking is done to a time limit or countdown
  •  No one can pour a drink in to another persons’ mouthIn addition no club or society websites or other promotional material can be produced in such a way that glamorises drinking games or alcoholic consumption.Although not stated in the legislation, as a measure of good practice, no bar on campus will serve spirits to any group whilst they are participating in a circle, or any other alcoholic drink the DPS (Designated Premises Supervisor) considers inappropriate for circling.What will happen if we ignore these rules?The ultimate sanction is that both the SU and the University bars could lose their licences to sell alcohol. However we do not want to reach this stage.Circles will be monitored by Security and bar staff on duty to ensure no unlicensed activity is taking place. Any circle deemed to be breaching the law will be stopped and the members of the circle asked to leave the licensed premises. Circling privileges may then be suspended or permanently removed.What if I’m not sure whether our game is permitted?Ask a member of the management in the bar you are circling in for clarification. The SU and University both ensure they have managers on duty that hold Personal Licences, they have been trained to understand and uphold the licensing laws