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Substance Abuse on College Campuses

girl and martini.jpgThere are a lot of good things happening on college campuses, but there are always those less than desirable events going on as well, often involving drinking to excess and all that accompanies that during the college years.  Girls Gone Wild, the risqué TV show, was due to arrive at a bar near Rutgers University in my state recently. In fact, two Rutgers University students arranged it.

Not surprisingly, some students and administrators were upset because allowing the TV program to do a video shoot at the bar “detracts from the university’s effort to promote responsible drinking and prevent sexual assault.” The Alcohol and Beverage Control stepped in and said that nudity and liquor cannot mix in a bar and the bar stands to have its liquor license revoked if the event took place. The head of the Student Assembly spoke out against the idea, too, which was nice to see.

I found it interesting that at the same time, Linn State Technical College in Missouri  was in the news for its mandatory drug testing policy as condition of enrollment. Talk about controversy. The ACLU has filed a lawsuit to fight the policy, which

“…requires all first-year degree or certificate-seeking students, as well as those students returning to the college after a leave of a semester or more, to pay a $50 nonrefundable fee and submit to testing by the collection and analysis of their urine. Students began to be pulled out of their classes the day after the policy was adopted so they could be tested, and a refusal to submit to the test will result in students being dismissed from the college.

Students whose tests come back positive will have 45 days to take a second test with a negative result in order to avoid being dismissed from the college.”

Can you imagine if every college had this policy and the courts approved? It might just mean that substance abusing students would have to take a hiatus if they wanted a degree and would return to drug abuse on graduating. But who knows? They’d be studying with a clear mind, and maybe some of them would never go back to drugs.

 

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