Indiana schools not expected to copy Dartmouth, UVA liquor bans

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 30, 2015)-- Indiana colleges and universities are watching closely as two schools hundreds of miles away take serious action to protect their students.

This week, the President of Dartmouth College announced a ban of hard liquor on campus and forbade pledging at fraternities and sororities. At the University of Virginia, national sorority chapters have forbidden members from attending fraternity events during pledge weekend.

Butler University Dean of Student Services Sally Click admits, the culture at college has changed over the years to a culture of binge drinking. But banning hard liquor on campus is not on the school's radar.

"We could talk about that, but I don't know that would be where we would hang our hat," she said.

The school feels following state alcohol laws, a comprehensive alcohol policy, and consistent enforcement has worked for the Bulldogs so far.

"I wish my colleagues at Dartmouth good wishes and good luck at a ban," said Click. "It's difficult when you have a policy that`s really hard to enforce.' I think it's comprehensive strategies that work."

At the beginning of the school year, hundreds of fraternity brothers at IU's Bloomington campus took a pledge to stop sexual assault on campus.

Today IU spokesman Mark Land told FOX59 in part:

"...The university is aware of what is going on at other institutions in this area and is always looking at ways we can build on a lot of good work we are already doing..."

Purdue University, which is currently investigating a rape at a fraternity on campus, banned hard alcohol from fraternity events in the '80's and prohibits all alcohol at events during recruitment and rush.

In a statement to FOX59, Purdue's interim vice provost for student life Beth McCuskey wrote in part:

"...A critical component of scholarship and leadership is the opportunity — and responsibility — of self-governance."

"With that said, Purdue makes it clear that the university expects students to follow the law and our policies and that students will be held accountable for any violations should they occur."

Click added to that thought.

"I think it's communication. It's setting expectations. It's circling back in conversation when something does go amiss and reinforcing those expectations."

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