Dartmouth College President Philip Hanlon announced that the school would be banning hard liquor on campus as a response to the disorder of its fraternities and the number of sexual assault cases that have come to light in recent years.
"There are high stakes for Dartmouth," Mr. Hanlon told the press. "This is a small, intimate place—so when a student harms another student or themselves, it really tears this place apart."
According to The Wall Street Journal, Dartmouth's student body president expressed concerns about how the ban would be implemented and whether or not it would be effective.
However, Dartmouth isn't the first to make the attempt. Brown University banned alcohol in fraternities earlier this month and announced plans to review its alcohol policy in the spring to address the prevalence of sexual assault on campus. The University of Virginia also restricted hard alcohol at fraternities, and Swarthmore banned hard alcohol, drinking games and drinking paraphernalia from all campus events.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 in the United States die each year as the result of alcohol-related unintentional injuries, and 97,000 students are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
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