Campus Alcohol Policies

Excessive alcohol consumption poses significant hazards to health and safety on college campuses. While substantial research exists regarding effective policies for preventing alcohol- related problems in the communities surrounding campuses, on-campus alcohol policies have received far less attention.

Campus alcohol policies (CAPs) are an important tool in reducing excessive alcohol use among college students. These policies are especially valuable when they are clear, effective, and easily accessible.

Assessing Campus Alcohol Policies: Measuring Accessibility, Clarity, and Effectiveness

Official campus alcohol policies (CAPs) were retrieved from the websites of the 15 member schools of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems. CAPs were assessed for accessibility, clarity, and effectiveness. In addition to assessing whether campuses were in compliance with federal regulations for comprehensiveness of policies, a measure of likely policy effectiveness was developed through the use of 2 Delphi panels drawing on alcohol policy researchers and on-campus and community practitioners, respectively. The panels rated 35 potential policies and 13 possible sanctions; lists of policies and sanctions were compiled primarily from what was already in existence at one or more member schools.

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21 Model Campus Alcohol Policies

The Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems has created a list of 21 model campus alcohol policies for campuses to consider adopting in 2021. These are 21 best practices that have been supported by both research and practice on college campuses across the country. Which ones are appropriate for your campus?

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