The University of Colorado may adopt a “two-strike” policy that would suspend students after their second drug or alcohol offense, reports the Rocky Mountain News. Students now face suspension on their third strike. The university also is considering notifying students’ parents after one violation, instead of two, and may ask incoming students to take an online alcohol awareness course before they come to campus.
Robert Maust, chairman of the Standing Committee on Substance Abuse at CU, revealed the proposed changes to the independent commission investigating whether the CU football program used sex and alcohol to lure high school prospects.
The commission will ask the legislature to create an exception to the state’s open meetings law so it could hear privately from some witnesses, who could include women who say they were sexually assaulted by football players and recruits since 1997.
Maust described a setting in which CU students find themselves surrounded by a sea of alcohol. “Beer is cheaper than water now,” Maust said, comparing a $1.50 bottle of water with a mug of beer during happy hour. “Women can drink free almost every night somewhere in Boulder.” Maust said there are 60 liquor outlets within a one-mile radius of the Boulder campus. He cited surveys that found 50 to 60 percent of CU students surveyed reported having recently engaged in “binge drinking”–five drinks in one sitting for a male, four for a woman.
Those results placed CU in the top 25 percent of U.S. campuses. The national average for reported binge drinking by students is 44 percent.