Armed with alcohol data, university sets out to control binge drinking
Buena Vista University is experiencing what some consider a "problem" among students: binge drinking. Statistics from surveys show BVU is consuming more alcohol than other Iowa colleges. The overabundance of alcohol intake was concern enough for the university to create special task forces to research the situation, who went on to propose many changes to the university's existing alcohol policy.
The numbers of reported disturbances equal multiple violations per week, but are typical of any college town. Some students believe there are limited options for entertainment in Storm Lake, and while BVU has implemented many alternative activities, drinking is still very much ingrained into the campus culture. So is there a problem on BVU's campus with drinking?
Mark Kirkholm, director of campus security, cites figures from the BVU Student Handbook. The Handbook lists liquor law arrests - which Kirkholm explains are made on property contiguous to the campus, but not necessarily in residence halls - for the last three calendar years, as well as those years' liquor law referrals - where students in violation of campus policies are referred for and subject to judicial action.
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