Campuses across the nation are implementing new practices to crackdown on college drinking. For example, the University of Indiana has prohibited hard liquor at fraternity parties. At the University of Michigan, student patrols are actively enforcing a ban on kegs. Stanford University has limited the size of bottles students may possess on campus.
The new practices result from an increased worry about student safety and the relationship between alcohol and sexual assault. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that alcohol was a factor in 97,000 sexual assault and date rape cases annually among college students.
Despite the new rules, students are finding loopholes around them or are not following them altogether. The New York Times recently sent reporters to five campuses to closely observe the crackdown on college drinking. What the reporters found was alarming. At the University of Michigan, drunk college students trashed a hotel room resulting in $400,000 in damages.
Michigan’s Greek system may be dissolved if students continue to abuse alcohol. Fraternities and Sororities must have sober monitors at all times while the consumption of alcohol is occurring at a party. Additionally, bags of alcohol are no longer to be passed around and kegs must be limited.
Michigan law enforcement is also cracking down on underage drinking. The new initiative, “21 to Buy – Not Supply,” has resulted in many young adults being charged with supplying alcohol to underage drinkers.
“Supplying alcohol to underage drinkers just doesn’t make any sense for anyone,” Secretary of State Ruth Johnson told WWJ’s Beth Fisher. “If people do it, they will pay a price for it. There are legal consequences to this kind of behavior. I know there’s a big temptation especially with the parties and the tailgates – but national statistics show that more than a third of our young adults from 18 to 25 are binge alcohol abusers and one in 10 are heavy alcohol users.”
As an Ann Arbor DUI attorney, I have represented young adults charged with public intoxication and driving under the influence of alcohol and/or a controlled substance. If you or your student have been arrested and charged with an alcohol related crime, contact my law office for legal representation. You may face criminal and civil penalties. Violating school alcohol consumption rules can result in you being suspended or expelled. Obtain prompt legal assistance to protect your future.