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Stanford bans hard liquor in on-campus parties, critics say this won’t prevent sexual assaults

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Fourth Estate Staff

Stanford, CA, United States (4E) – Stanford University have banned hard liquor during on-campus parties but critics are saying this will not stop sexual assaults from happening.

Over a month before classes resume at the university, the officials announced that aside from hard liquor being banned completely from on-campus parties, students will be allowed to have liquor in their dorms but they should be in bottles smaller than 750 mL . Beers and wines are still allowed. The only time that hard liquor could be served is if the party is hosted by groups exclusively for graduate students.

If students will be found in violation of the new policies, it could prompt administrative action such as students possibly being kicked out of on-campus housing.

Stanford added in their announcement that the new policies are sensible and creative and that they were based in research. The school officials’ aim is not to prohibit alcohol but to limit the high-risk behavior one is capable of being when intoxicated.

As for the limiting of bottle sizes to 750 mL or lesser, Stanford said, “Most alcohol retailers only sell large-volume containers — 750 mL and above. Only select retailers sell hard alcohol containers smaller in volume than 750 mL . Therefore, the outlet density of establishments that sell hard alcohol around campus will be greatly reduced. Also, the costs associated with purchasing smaller containers of hard alcohol are higher than the cost per volume of larger containers, which may serve as a deterrent.”

The changes come a few months after Stanford student brock Allen Turner was sentenced to six months behind bars for sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. During the case, Turner said that alcohol is to blame for his behavior because he drank too much.

A Stanford law professor, Michele Landis Dauber, said that the university has to be tough in expelling students convicted of sexual assault rather than making policies about alcohol. She pointed out that the university must do more to educate students about the dangers of alcohol. She also criticized the new policies saying that it encourages students to drink outside before they show up in parties in-campus that serve only beer and wine.

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