Food Services Catering Policy



Policy Statement

Syracuse University Catering is the only authorized catering service for Syracuse University, providing food and beverages in compliance with New York State law, the Onondaga County Health Department, and the Syracuse University Policy on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Tobacco.

Syracuse University Catering is solely authorized to serve and sell alcohol for events where alcoholic beverages are served, in compliance with the Syracuse University Policy on Alcohol, Other Drugs, and Tobacco.

Catering Exceptions/Use of Off-Campus Caterers

Any group wishing to qualify for an exception must meet with SU Catering no less than three weeks prior to the date of the event or an exception will not be considered. Exceptions, when granted, will apply only to events hosted in Schine and Goldstein Student Centers or the Skybarn. Exceptions will not be considered for events hosted in other campus locations. SU Catering may grant exceptions for:

  • Religious events as recognized by the Office of the Dean of Hendricks Chapel;
  • Events where food is unique to the sponsor’s ethnicity and cannot be prepared by the Catering Office;
  • Events where small quantities of food and/or beverage are provided.

A University department or student group granted an exception to use an outside food caterer must comply with the University’s Food Sanitation Procedures and Guidelines outlining the Onondaga County Health Department’s requirements for caterers including, but not limited to, food sanitation procedures, catering license, and menu. Where an outside caterer will provide services at an event on University property, the host department or group must notify the Division of Campus Safety and Emergency Services three weeks prior to the event. Safety Department personnel will inspect the food for compliance purposes prior to serving.

Policy Administration

Links to Procedures and Related Information

Amended: February 2007