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ERIC Number: ED538452
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Changing Policies on Campus. Prevention Update
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention
"High-Risk Drinking in College: What We Know and What We Need To Learn: Final Report of the Panel on Contexts and Consequences" (2002), a report from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism's (NIAAA) Task Force on College Drinking, points out that "federal, state, and local laws help define college administrators' responsibilities for taking action when students misuse alcohol." Among other requirements, the federal "Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act" and its 1989 amendments require institutions receiving any federal funds to define a policy that prohibits the unlawful possession, use, and distribution of alcohol and other drugs (AOD); adopt disciplinary sanctions for students and employees who violate the school's policy on alcohol and drugs; and ensure that the disciplinary sanctions are consistently enforced. The NIAAA Task Force on College Drinking's Panel on Contexts and Consequences recommends that colleges and universities "[r]eview policy and its implementation continually and update and/or expand it as needed" and "[r]eview the scope of disciplinary sanctions associated with policy violations for appropriateness and for consistency of enforcement." According to Penn State "Live," since fall 2010 the university has implemented a number of initiatives to address high-risk drinking using a multipronged approach that includes environmental change, enforcement, alternative activities, intervention, counseling, and outreach. Penn State has adopted stricter consequences to illegal drinking behaviors, such as increased attention to enforcement and serious consequences to students who violate the community's laws and the university's student conduct policies. A list of resources is included.
Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention. EDC, Inc. 43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham, MA 02453. Tel: 800-676-1730; Fax: 617-928-1537; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (ED); Education Development Center, Inc.
Authoring Institution: Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Violence Prevention (ED)