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Federal Law Addressing Campus Drinking Practices

Since 1989, an effectively written federal law has required colleges and universities to seriously address underage and excessive alcohol use on campus.  The circumstances behind  Kristine Guest's tragic death in 2005 proved to be the first time that the US Department of Education (ED) has directly considered a college's compliance with the law in 2007.   A questionable finding of compliance by  ED lead to a Congressional request for ED's Inspector  General to review ED's enforcement of the statute.  IG's report dated March 14, 2012 found virtually complete lack of any effective enforcement efforts and established requirements for correcting this failure.

The first two columns contain links which describe the law and applicable regulations as well as explores reasons why the law has not resulted in effective change.  The third column provide the tragic consequences on one small campus, 5 student deaths in two years, that resulted from lax enforcement of the statute.

Federal Law Status of Enforcement Consequences of Ineffective Enforcement-Paul Smith's College
  Executive Summary   What the law should mean and why it is not effective   February 6, 2005 incident
  Statute Sense of the Congress and Regulations   Compliance Guide for Colleges and Universities   A Campus at Risk?-Witnesses Statements-Judge for Yourself
  Inspector General's Report confirming ED's lack of enforcement-3/14/12   "The Importance of Enforcing Alcohol Rules"   The Accident that Didnít Need to Happen
  Congressional Request  for Review-112/30/10 and IG's 2012 Annual Plan-see pg 12   Colleges that do not comply with Federal law   May 6, 2007 incident
  Outline of Significant Provisions   Compelling the Federal Government to Act   Views of Paul Smith's President
  Invigorating a well-written federal law   Also see:        Status-Related Civil Law   General information

"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."  (From the Sense of the Congress)

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Governmental Failure to Enforce Failure to Enforce Federal Law to Protect Students-Confirmed-see IG Report-3/14/12