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Sense of the Congress-"Biden Resolution"
"The institution should provide maximum opportunities for students to live in an alcohol-free environment and to engage in stimulating, alcohol-free recreational and leisure activities."
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7/31/98 Newark Post
The U.S. Senate passed the binge drinking resolution sponsored by Senator Biden. This resolution calls every college and university president to carry out six specific activities to reduce consumption on college campuses. These activities include appointing a task force to establish a policy on reducing alcohol and other drug related problems, providing students an opportunity to live in an alcohol-free environment, and the enforcement of a zero tolerance policy on the consumption of alcohol by minors. Biden noted “These activities are very similar to what is currently happening at the University of Delaware under the leadership of President David Roselle.”
The resolution as included in the statute:
‘‘(b) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that,
in an effort to change the culture of alcohol consumption on college
campuses, all institutions of higher education should carry out
‘‘(1) The president of the institution should appoint a task
force consisting of school administrators, faculty, students,
Greek system representatives, and others to conduct a full
examination of student and academic life at the institution.
The task force should make recommendations for a broad range
of policy and program changes that would serve to reduce
alcohol and other drug-related problems. The institution should
provide resources to assist the task force in promoting the
campus policies and proposed environmental changes that have
‘‘(2) The institution should provide maximum opportunities
for students to live in an alcohol-free environment and to engage
in stimulating, alcohol-free recreational and leisure activities.
‘‘(3) The institution should enforce a ‘zero tolerance’ policy
on the illegal consumption of alcohol by students at the institution.
‘‘(4) The institution should vigorously enforce the institution’s
code of disciplinary sanctions for those who violate campus
alcohol policies. Students with alcohol or other drug-related
problems should be referred for assistance, including on-campus
counseling programs if appropriate.
‘‘(5) The institution should adopt a policy to discourage
alcoholic beverage-related sponsorship of on-campus activities.
It should adopt policies limiting the advertisement and promotion
of alcoholic beverages on campus.
‘‘(6) The institution should work with the local community,
including local businesses, in a ‘Town/Gown’ alliance to encourage
responsible policies toward alcohol consumption and to
address illegal alcohol use by students.
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