School officials also enacted several changes, including tougher restrictions on “outdoor house parties,” punishing underage students more who possess hard liquor as compared to beer, and using existing noise and littering laws to help curb off-campus house parties where drinking occurs.
School officials also expanded the more than one dozen alcohol and drug abuse education and counseling programs available to students.
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According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), researchers estimate that each year about 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes.
Officials at the NIAAA also report about 696,000 students annually — between the ages of 18 and 24 — are assaulted by another student who has been drinking, and that about 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 report experiencing alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.
This article contains previous reporting by staff writer Michael D. Clark.