Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2001

California universities set guidelines on drinking

July 12, 2001


— Nine months after a California State student drank himself to death, the nation's biggest university system adopted some of the most sweeping restrictions in the country on college drinking Wednesday.

The restrictions include limits on alcohol-company sponsorship of parties both on and off campus.

"This is not a California problem. This is a national higher education problem," Chancellor Charles B. Reed said after the unanimous vote by the trustees at CSU, which has about 368,000 students at 23 campuses. "The message is that we are going to pay attention."

The new policy bans, for example, naming student events after a brand of beer. These activities popular among fraternities, sororities and other organizations rely on funds and products provided by alcoholic-beverage companies.

The policy applies to off-campus parties held by university organizations.

Other directives include developing early intervention and treatment programs, notifying students of changes in alcohol laws and rewarding student groups that raise money from sources other than alcohol companies.

The trustees also set aside $1.1 million for the plan. CSU currently has no systemwide funding for alcohol education or enforcement.

Adrian Heideman, a freshman at the Chico campus, died Oct. 7 while trying to drink a bottle of brandy at a frat party. Heideman had a blood-alcohol level of 0.37 percent, more than four times the legal limit for driving.

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