Tufts Daily on Changes to University’s Alcohol Policy

At the start of this academic year, administrators at Tufts University made some changes to the school’s alcohol policy that included placing first-time offenders on disciplinary probation instead of issuing them a warning. Many students worried that the punitive nature of these changes would discourage drinkers from seeking medical attention for their friends who needed it in order to avoid punishment.

This week, a university steering committee has responded to these concerns by revising the policy to include a partial amnesty provision, according to a Tufts Daily report by Ellen Kan. Bruce Reitman, the Tufts Dean of Student Affairs, told the Daily, “We’re acknowledging student input, looking at the policy and reviewing it, changing it in the direction that students wanted. The steering committee is putting in place not quite a full amnesty program but a forgiveness option allowing probationary status to drop back to a warning level.”

Tufts student body president Brandon Rattiner added, “This year’s policy was a good thing, even if what it did was focus enough attention on the issue of dangerous drinking … There were a lot of events and milestones during the year where the dangerous use of alcohol was being discussed by students more than ever before, and now we have a resolution about it after long debate.”

Has your student government discussed amnesty policies with your college’s administration? How did the debate turn out? Let us know in the comments.

One Response to “Tufts Daily on Changes to University’s Alcohol Policy”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with its necessary components. Tufts University should have implemented a full medical amnesty policy but since the warning level is the least serious punishment, its medical amnesty policy is reasonable. It’s good that young women and young men of that university have discused this academic year about alcohol consumption more than any other year. To decrease binge drinking at universities, punitive measures are less effective than policies that are reasonable.