New Polices Decrease Underage Drinking at Ohio University

ATHENS, Ohio – Student alcohol violations at Ohio University dropped 32 percent last year compared to the previous year after the school implemented harsher penalties for underage drinking.

The school now has a mandatory $100 fine for each offense and can put students on probation for up to a year. Parental notification has become standard practice. A second violation often results in suspension from the school.

Dean of Students Terry Hogan is pleased with the downward trend. However, some students feel the school’s stricter polices make the college feel more like high school.

Drug offenses, particularly marijuana, rose 24 percent last year. University officials say they will implement a new marijuana policy next year in response.

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