When students return to the UWSP campus next semester, they may face new efforts to curb underage and dangerous drinking. Campus leaders along with the community of Stevens Point and the Portage County Coalition for Alcohol/Drug Abuse are working together in hopes of creating educational opportunities to keep young adults safe.
Right now incoming students at UWSP take a course to learn about responsible drinking. Some say more needs to be done after two accidents claimed the lives of several young adults this spring. A UWSP student drowned and three young men were killed in a traffic crash.
The task force is looking at increasing education of the consequences of drinking too much. UWSP Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Al Thompson says, we are looking at opportunities to keep students safe. We talk about designated drivers when students plan to go out drinking. We should also talk about students partnering up when they go out drinking. Someone to make sure you walk home, safely."
In addition to education, the task force is also looking increasing the fines for underage students who are caught drinking.