Washington State University (WSU) is asking for new regulations to reduce student alcohol abuse including binge drinking after a recent death of a student due to alcohol poisoning. WSU will hold more Friday morning classes to eliminate three-day binge drinking weekends and notify a student’s parents if the student is drinking or using drugs.
Among the proposed changes, WSU officials will notify parents the first time an underage student violates alcohol and drug policies.
“Robust research shows that parents can have a significant influence on their children’s drinking habits,” said Melynda Huskey, WSU dean of students. “Rather than using parental notification as a scare tactic, we view it as an opportunity to involve parents in the process of reducing harm.”
“If something as simple as the timing of a student’s academic classes will help prevent excessive drinking behavior, then it’s a good science-based practice to implement,” said Dr. Bruce Wright, executive director of WSU’s Health and Wellness Services.
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