Cabot House wants you to have a fun college experience. Recently, we created new policies based on student feedback in order to reduce the barriers for students to have events in the house.
Your Cabot staff most of all wants you to be safe. You should always feel free to call on tutors and /or HUPD if you have any questions or concerns.
Also remember that Cabot House is a community of people living in close-quarters, so we must work together and respect each other.



    TUTOR ON CALL #:  617-512-6088
    HUPD EMERGENCY LINE: 617-495-1212
    HUHS 24-HOUR URGENT CARE: 617-495-5711
    CABOT SECURITY SU-FR 4PM -8AM: 617-496-2344

    What is a Party?

    • A party is any gathering of more than 15 people, whether alcohol is served or not. 
    • Student organizations may host parties at Cabot.  Student organization events or parties must be registered with OSL if they meet the conditions outlined here:
    • ALL parties must be registered or Fast Tracked. People who host unregistered parties or who violate other party rules are subject to disciplinary actions, including losing the right to host parties.

    Registering a Party

    How to register a Party

    1. Fill-out the “Private Event Registration” form (available here  or outside A-24)
    2. Submit to Amanda by 12pm On Friday. All members of the suite must make a concerted effort to talk with the tutor on-call when dropping off the form, but all responsible hosts must be there.
    3. When you submit the form to Amanda, you will have a conversation about rules and expectations for party hosting with the tutor on-call, and have them sign the form. You may not leave your form without a tutor signature. Feel free to email Amanda ( to set up an appointment. 
    4. You must read over and be aware of the rules in the party guide.

    Party Dates

    • Parties are not allowed on nights before the LSAT or MCAT, during reading and exam periods, or over holidays, including Thanksgiving and spring break. 
    • If a student in your building has indicated that s/he is taking a GRE subject test, you will not be able to host a party the evening before the exam.
    • These dates are shown in the Google calendar on the homepage. 

    Quiet Hours

    Quiet Hours are designed to help students and staff study and sleep, while also maintaining a fun college life.

    • Sunday through Thursday, Quiet Hours are in effect from 10pm-10am
    • Friday and Saturday, Quiet Hours are in effect from 2am-10am
    • During Reading Period, Quiet Hours are 10pm-10am and all events must be quiet gatherings for student groups, not private parties
    • During Finals Period, Quiet Hours are 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. No events are permitted in the House.

    Fast-Track Parties

    Reserving  the Aquarium

    (Optional – email proactively for info on upcoming reserved dates.)

    1. Fill out this form. (automatically marks down request in spreadsheet)
    2. If request approved, The Cabot Aquarium Team will reach out to confirm.
    3. Fill out “official” Aquarium Party (paper) form and meet with team to discuss party
    4. Fill out and hand in a paper Aquarium Party form   and appropriate deposit to the managers at your meeting.
    5. In cases of conflicting requests, priority will be given to more inclusive events centered around the Cabot community. The managers aim to provide confirmation by the weekend prior to the event.


    • Whatever you are drinking, drink it slowly. Avoiding an empty glass means that your drink won’t be refilled by someone else.
    • Get excited to go out, be outrageous, and have fun. Just because you’re not drunk doesn’t mean you’re not fun. Look for more tips here: Daley, Jessica. “Party Girl’s Guide to Being Sober.” Thought Catalog.


    • Having a dance party? Be sure to provide lots of drinks like water, juice and PowerAde to stay hydrated on the dance floor (non-alcoholic punches are swanky – try mixing cranberry juice, orange juice and ginger ale. A few floating strawberries make it extra-fancy! Also… Drinks Mixer. AtomicOnline, LLC.
    • Food runs out fast at parties…be sure to stock up. If you’re on a budget, everyone always loves chips and salsa, and it’s cheap!
    • If you choose to drink, know what’s in your drink and how strong it is.
    • What’s the best way to cure a hangover? Stop it before it starts by drinking lots of water and eating some snacks while partying. Avoid acetaminophen in the morning and focus on rest and rehydrating.
    • If you are concerned that someone has had too much to drink, please remember Harvard’s amnesty policy and take action [for example, offer them water, contact the on-call tutor, or take the person to UHS].


    • Watch for signs of alcohol poisoning—confusion, vomiting, seizures, slow or irregular breathing, and hypothermia—and remember the amnesty policy—get help.
    • Don’t leave a friend behind. Arrive together and leave together.
    • You may wish to make up code words or hand motions to communicate discreetly with your friends. These can be used to make it clear that you need to leave now or that you need to be saved from unwanted advances.
    • If someone appears too tipsy, start filling their glass with water or other non-alcoholic drinks.


    • Recycle all SOLO CUPS, cans and bottles (i.e. plastic, aluminum, and glass). Remember to empty all containers and leave the caps off (but still recycle the caps).
    • Encourage attendees to bring their own cup or mug. Alternatively, try to have people just use one cup, and/or consider buying cups made of recycled material. Provide a marker so people can label their cups.
    • Strategically place bins or bags for collection. It usually helps to have trash and recycling next to each other, but clearly labeled to save you time sorting later.
    • Buy items in bulk rather than individually wrapped (stores like Target have great deals on bulk party food like chips, salsa, fruit and veggie trays, and soda).
    • Serve finger food -pre-sliced fruit, cake, etc. so people can just grab and go without needing plates/knives etc.

    the lines on a Solo cup indicate the appropriate serving for liquor, wine, and beer, top to bottom

    Image from Gizmodo. Casey Chan, “What the Lines of a Red Solo Cup Actually Mean,” Gizmodo, June 12, 2012,