Dartmouth bans hard liquor in effort to address ‘at-risk’ behavior

Dartmouth University announced that the school would ban any liquor 30 proof or higher and add a mandatory sexual assault prevention program for students to attend for all four years. Officials have also ended pledging for student organizations, where drinking-related hazing often occurs.

“Beginning today, Dartmouth will take a lead among colleges in dealing with hard alcohol on campus. Hard alcohol will not be served at events open to the public — whether the event is sponsored by the college or by student organizations,” President Phil Hanlon said in a speech Thursday. “Penalties for students found in possession of hard alcohol will ramp up. And so will penalties for those who purchase and provide any alcohol to minors.

Dartmouth isn’t the first school to ban hard alcohol — Bates and Bowdoin have similar rules — but it is the first Ivy League school to do so, according to the AP. The school is also the first outside of military schools to require sexual assault prevention education all four years.

The changes are part of a collective push to end sexual violence on campus, as Dartmouth is one of 95 schools under federal investigation for mishandling sexual assault cases.

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