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University of Delaware in the Press

University of Delaware Student's death reveals gaps in policing parties-3/26/16 “Local police, code inspectors, landlords and city and university officials agree that increased patrols, citations and alcohol education play their part. In the end, however, they can't substitute for individual judgment.’
University of Delaware Stricter policies for Newark bars aim for safety-8/18/16 “A new nuisance point system for Newark restaurants and bars, as well as a close partnership with local police departments, aims to make the downtown nightlife scene a safer place this fall.”
University of Delaware Partnership for change-New UD coalition launches strategic plan to reduce high-risk drinking-7/30/15 “Virtually all college students experience the effects of college drinking — whether they drink or not,” states NIAAA. “The problem with college drinking is not necessarily the drinking itself, but the negative consequences that result from excessive drinking.””
University of Delaware UO ranks high for student drug, alcohol use-6/4/11 Based on government data, University of Delaware and other schools rank high in number of alcohol violations.   Is this evidence of higher illegal and high risk drinking on these campuses or a more diligent effort to control the activities and risk?----- Source: Federal Department of Education 2009 data
University of Delaware Parent notification policies for underage drinking evolve “In 1997, the University of Delaware became one of the first schools to implement an “every time” notification policy. School officials say the policy, along with aggressive penalties, has reduced binge drinking on campus and curtailed the university’s party-school reputation.”
University of Delaware New campus coalition for alcohol, drug abuse prevention formed-3/6/14 Acknowledging that there is no “silver bullet” or right answer for resolving the issues of alcohol abuse and underage drinking on college campuses, Grasso said that the goal of the coalition is to encourage responsible drinking among students who can legally drink and to minimize the risks of drinking for all UD students.”

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving University of Delaware Students

Brett Griffin, November 8, 2008, University of Delaware How and why? Paramedics were called to an off-campus house just before 3 a.m. where police found 18-year-old Brett in cardiac arrest and not breathing.  Brett had been attending a fraternity function at the Sigma Alpha Mu house that evening. He was a pledge member of the fraternity. Police believe the likely cause of death was an alcohol overdose.
Rachel Payne, September 12, 2004, University of Delaware                         How and why? Walking intoxicated from a frat party, Rachel died on a railroad track in the early morning
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