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Stanford Has Banned Hard Liquor From On-Campus Parties

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Sorry, whisky drinkers, we have some bad news for you: Undergrad students at Stanford are no longer allowed to have hard liquor at on-campus parties, according to CNN.

Students will not be permitted to have liquor with more than 20 percent alcohol content at parties on campus, according to the new policy. Bottles of hard alcohol may be kept in dorm rooms, but must less than 750 milliliters, CNN reports—No big handles.

Beer and wine will still be permitted for undergrads, as will mixed drinks for grad students, but shots are strictly off limits, according to KSAT San Antonio. And you can be expelled from campus housing for violating the policy.

"Our focus is on the high risk of the rapid consumption of hard alcohol," Stanford said in a news release. "Our intention is not a total prohibition of a substance, but rather a targeted approach that limits high-risk behavior."

Many have linked this new rule to the Brock Turner case, in which both the victim and Turner were drunk during the crime. It hasn’t received much support, though, and many members of the Stanford community have expressed disappointment in the school for what they see as a band-aid solution to the much more complex problem of rape on college campus. Stanford says the policy is not related to Turner.

Michele Dauber, a law professor at Stanford and a friend of Turner’s rape victim, was one of those who criticized the new policy, tweeting that the change was essentially agreeing that alcohol was to blame for Turner's actions, according to CNN.

Predictably, Stanford students are not fans the a liquor ban, either. According to CNN, a campus referendum found that 91 percent of students voted against the new policy.

"I challenge you not to focus on the policy as something to be worked around," vice provost for student affairs Greg Boardman wrote in a letter to students. "Instead, I ask you to bring your best selves to this endeavor, to consider the real concerns raised by your fellow students, and those articulated here, and to be a part of solving this problem. We must create a campus community that allows for alcohol to be a part of the social lives of some of our students, but not to define the social and communal lives of all of our students.”


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