Proposed Change to the University Alcohol Policy
The following is a proposed change to the University Alcohol Policy. After a full year of implementation of the new alcohol policy, student leaders, including members of the Alcohol Rapid Response Team, were asked to provide input into what areas of the policy were effective and which areas should be modified to help meet the standard of improved health and safety for members of the Penn community. The ARRT, comprised of students, faculty, and staff, concluded that the implementation of the BYOB policy had not effectively contributed to the overall goals of the alcohol policy. The University remains committed to limiting the amount of alcohol provided at on-campus events in order to ensure lower-risk to students, and is recommending the following policy revision in order to help meet that goal.
Comments are sought as the next phase in the consultation process. In order to ensure that the campus community has time to deliberate and offer input, please send comments by Friday, October 13. Other suggestions are also encouraged during this period. Please send comments to ivess@pobox or write to the Alcohol Policy Coordinator at 3611 Locust Walk/6222. A final policy decision will be made after the comment period concludes. The recommended change to the policy will read:
"Student organizations hosting on-campus events at which alcohol is served are responsible for assuring that alcohol is served and consumed lawfully and safely. To comply with this expectation student organizations must adhere to the following conditions:
To review the current alcohol policy and the recommendations of the Working Group on Alcohol Abuse, please refer to the website: www.vpul.upenn.edu/alcohol/policy2.html.
--Stephanie Ives, Alcohol Policy Coordinator
SEE ALSO 1999-2000 ALCOHOL PROGRESS REPORT IN THIS ISSUE
Almanac, Vol. 47, No. 3, September 12, 2000