The University of Minnesota Crookston has unveiled a transformational new campus alcohol policy. The policy is intended to be a comprehensive educational strategy informed by theory and research to help educate UMN Crookston students on how to make healthy alcohol-related decisions.
“This is a key component of a comprehensive alcohol education program for students,” said Savala DeVoge, Ed.D., Dean of Student Engagement, “This program aims to provide provide students with safer options when it comes to alcohol consumption – students will not need to leave campus and possibly drive under the influence.
UMN Crookston’s new alcohol guidelines will allow students of legal drinking age (21 or older) to earn on-campus drinking privileges by participating in educational programs shortly before graduation. of being 21 years old and complying with the rest of the UMN Crookston campus policies on responsible drinking. . The intent of the policy is to target educational programs at the most critical times for students, namely when they first arrive on campus and when they reach the age of 21. The educational content is intended to foster a healthy and responsible drinking culture in on-campus residences. students of legal age. In the past, students could not consume alcohol on campus, leading them to frequent bars and restaurants and off-campus venues where they were in an unstructured environment.
“Programs like this also allow major students to model responsible drinking behavior by being good, conscientious neighbors within our residential community,” DeVoge said. “Overall, I believe this will have a positive impact on our students’ sense of belonging. We are a campus that welcomes everyone and from now on we will no longer send our students of drinking age if they wish. This is a responsible personal agency.
The UMN Crookston Campus Alcohol Policy will provide an educational strategy to promote various aspects of responsible drinking as well as strategies to intervene, refer and/or report peers who engage in alcohol consumption to high-risk or other harmful behaviors often associated with alcohol consumption. . Students who obtain drinking privileges will receive a new student card that includes a drinking privileges designation that will help student affairs educators and student community advisors enforce alcohol policies. alcohol with students living on campus. Under the new policy, students at UMN Crookston must comply with state law and conduct themselves in a manner that promotes the health and safety of others. Students who violate the policy will be subject to disciplinary action, which may include temporary or permanent suspension of on-campus drinking privileges.
This policy is part of a broader wellness program at UMN Crookston. All new students at UMN Crookston must complete an educational program dealing with alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs before registering as students. For many years, the University of Minnesota Crookston has participated in social norm programs informed by the Boynton Health College Student Health Survey, as well as additional after-school programs addressing alcohol use and related student behaviors including stress management, sexual violence and mental health. to name a few. In the fall of 2019, UMN Crookston also implemented a sequence of first-year seminary classes required for all new high school students. The curriculum for these courses includes several wellness modules, including modules dealing with alcohol and other drugs. Once implemented, the policy will also result in additional alcohol education before students reach their 21st birthday.