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University of North Dakota in the Press

University of North Dakota Alcohol arrests higher, drug arrests lower on UND campus in 2014-7/21/15 University Police Chief Eric Plummer attributed this to an increase in calls from residence hall directors and assistants.”
University of North Dakota OUR OPINION: Springfest change can help cut high-risk drinking-2/4/15 Again, the goal isn't prohibition. The goal is avoiding catastrophe. That still leaves plenty of room for students to have fun; it simply points toward more responsible, less dangerous and destructive ways of doing so.”
University of North Dakota City considers passing new drinking laws-10/14/14 “One of these ideas is implementing a social host ordinance, which would hold landowners or homeowners accountable if individuals under the age of 21 were found to be drinking on the property.”
University of North Dakota New alcohol policy will bring change-1/17/14 “Last semester, UND decided that if alcohol is discovered in the dorms, the police should be contacted immediately — rather than RAs handling the situation.”
University of North Dakota N.D. colleges ‘inherit’ student drinkers-7/29/13 “To combat the well-developed drinking culture that fuels the high levels of binge drinking in their student populations, North Dakota colleges have taken a “social norming” approach to student drinking. The approach makes an attempt to reset campus status quos that often center around partying so that student non-drinkers or moderate drinkers may be seen as the “norm.””
University of North Dakota College binge drinking rates decreasing-9/2/11 “UND students seem to be tapering off their wild partying, according to recent surveys.”  "It doesn't seem like there are as many out of control students [compared to past years], particularly at sporting events,"
North Dakota colleges Presentation shows alcohol use in N.D. campuses-6/17/11 “There are some encouraging signs that college students at North Dakota's 11 colleges and universities might be drinking a little more responsibly.”

Recent Alcohol-Related Tragedies involving University of North Dakota Students

Blake Christopher Ayling, 20, March 24, 2012, University of North Dakota More Information Blake was found by a train conductor doing an inspection of a track early in the morning.  He was hit by a train as he was walking through the rail yard was hit by a train as he was walking through the rail yard where he routinely walked to get to campus from a friend’s apartment.  Test showed that he had a blood alcohol content of .287.
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