Dartmouth College is one of the eight Ivy League Schools in the United States. In January, 2015, they announced that they would prohibit all students from drinking or possessing hard alcohol on campus. While the school has made some progress in recent years with alcohol problems, the numbers still indicate some issues. According to the Huffington Post, “The Safety & Security office on campus, along with the Hanover police, were called to investigate student intoxication at least 64 times between Sept. 2013, and April 2014.” Colleges everywhere have been under fire to reign in alcohol-related problems, but Dartmouth in particular suffers from a persisting reputation as a “party school.”
New policies will ban possession or consumption of alcohol that is 30 proof or stronger and increases penalties for violation. Many other major universities are following suit with similar policies. A report on collegiate drinking habits from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) cites the following concerning statistics:
- Death: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die each year from alcohol-related unintentional injuries.
- Assault: More than 690,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.
- Sexual Abuse: More than 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
- Injury: 599,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 receive unintentional injuries while under the influence of alcohol.
- Academic Problems: About 25 percent of college students report academic consequences of their drinking including missing class, falling behind, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall.
- Health Problems/Suicide Attempts: More than 150,000 students develop an alcohol-related health problem and between 1.2 and 1.5 percent of students indicate that they tried to commit suicide within the past year due to drinking or drug use.