Across the country, a number of college campuses have already begun classes and college students have begun their party routines. Deterring substance abuse among students is of great importance for faculty members, educating young adults about the effects of drug and alcohol use can go a long way. Many college freshmen have not been exposed to heavy drinking, which means they have little knowledge of their limits and when it comes to drugs and alcohol that can be dangerous. In an attempt to keep students safe, the University of Michigan is taking a new approach this year, MLive reports.
Calling Home for Alcohol Violations
An email to students from E. Royster Harper, vice president for student life, and Eddie Washington, the executive director of U-M’s Division of Public Safety & Security, announced the launch of a pilot program. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act permits schools to contact parents if their child commits drug or alcohol violations under the age of 21, according to the article. Under that umbrella, U-M’s pilot program will contact parents if students repeatedly commit drug or alcohol violations. The school will contact the parents of any freshman who commit a violation that involves:
- Needing Medical Attention
- Significant Property Damage
- Driving Under the Influence.
“We will notify parents of first-year students when a student under the age of 21 has had a second alcohol or drug violation or when a first-year student has committed a violation accompanied by other serious behavior such as needing medical attention, significant property damage or driving under the influence,” wrote Harper and Washington in the email.
The university has also implemented other measures to reduce underage drinking. Last year, U-M shortened the move-in schedule by one day, shortening the amount of free time students would have before their first class, according to the article. The reduction in downtime was partially associated with a significant decrease in drug and alcohol related emergency calls during last year’s move-in.
“At U-M, we strive to create a caring community. The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority. Our actions are intended to reduce the risk of harm and increase the safety of every student,” the email said.
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