Adjustments to the Alcohol Ban
At week's end President Judith Rodin had accepted recommendations from the new Working Group on Alcohol Abuse that ease, for some spring events, the restrictions she announced in Almanac March 30. With provisos that campus policies and public laws be "strictly adhered to and enforced," the approvals suspend the ban in two instances:
The president also accepted a recommendation to:
Other details, from reports issued by the Provost's Office:
April 6: The working group chaired by Provost Robert Barchi began its second meeting by summarizing ideas generated from a Monday evening student forum. The group developed a list of types of social events where alcohol is served and the kinds of problems related to those. The working group of 14 students and 7 faculty and staff members specifically focused on off-campus third party vendor events (those occurring off-campus in establishments licensed to serve alcohol), and measures that could be put in place or strengthened to lift the moratorium for these occasions.
After a two-hour discussion, the committee unanimously recommended the suspension be lifted for University student organizations holding events at off-campus third party vendor sites as long as the events conform, in toto, to appropriate policies including the University's Code of Student Conduct, the Alcohol and Drug Policy, the Greek Alcohol Management Policy, third party vendor policies, and applicable City, Commonwealth, and Federal laws. Organizations would also adhere to the following protocols:
President Rodin also authorized Thursday night's Penn Rocks for the Homeless fundraiser, which raises some $10,000 annually, when she and Provost Barchi were "satisfied that the group had put into place all the appropriate safeguards to prevent underage drinking and to safeguard students' health and well-being."
April 8: During a two-hour discussion Thursday morning, the group focused on the "most significant, broad issues related to alcohol abuse" with a goal of providing "short-term and long-term recommendations that are thoughtful, concrete, and workable." The Working Group formed three subcommittees of students and faculty to study certain issues in depth:
Each subcommittee is to consult with constituencies over the weekend and report to the group at its meeting on Tuesday, April 13.
At the April 8 meeting the group offered its second and third recommendations (to create additional sponsored events for Spring Fling weekend, and to lift the ban for senior events which occur during Senior Week and in which all University policies, local, state and federal laws will be strictly adhered to and enforced). President Rodin approved both recommendations Thursday afternoon.
Almanac, Vol. 45, No. 28, April 13, 1999