Roanoke Times on zero tolerance policies

Over the weekend, Tonia Moxley took a snapshot of some zero tolerance policies at Virginia colleges in the Sunday edition of the Roanoke Times. Moxley noted that at some schools, such as Radford University, increased enforcement can have dangerous unintended consequences:

“On the second Friday of fall semester, the chase was on, as city police patrolled the streets and alleys on Radford University’s western flank, where the majority of off-campus housing — and partying — is clustered.

Along the way, officers wrote citations and made arrests for everything from littering to underage drinking.

Student drinking is banned in residence halls and at most university events. But just a short walk away, fraternities and sororities and other groups cram 100, 150 or more people into keg parties, many of them in basements with inadequate exits.”

According to her article, the off-campus parties occasionally grow so large that police officers can’t take the time to check IDs. It’s clear that young people are still drinking dangerously despite these increased enforcement efforts – as a Radford criminal justice professor put it, enforcement alone “is not enough.”

One Response to “Roanoke Times on zero tolerance policies”

  1. Edwin Says:

    The drinking age must be lowered to 18 along with an alcohol education program. I condemn the police officers for arresting university students because they’re vigorously enforcing an ageist drinking age. Universities must allow responsible drinking in residence halls. What the police officers, with their ageist mission, are doing is pushing alcohol consumption by those aged 18-20 into more dangerous places. Those aged 18-20 must not binge drink, but the ageist drinking age must be repealed.