DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - As students flood campus for the start of the school year, the University of Dayton is taking a strong stance against high risk drinking.
"They just want to make sure this is a very safe environment for everyone and that everyone is making a good decision and not getting in trouble," said junior Brigget Corrigan.
The university has always had a policy in place to curb underage and binge drinking.
"College students that are new to drinking don't always know what habits are considered abuse," stated Megan Abbate, Student Body President.
This year, officials sent a letter home to parents outlining the school's alcohol policy.
"Accelerated paces is one of the big things they've been looking for if they see evidence of students consuming too much alcohol that is abuse. That's mainly what they've been targeting," said Abbate.
"We definitely know as upper classmen when freshmen come in, we are definitely liable so we try to stay away from that," said junior Katie Massa.
After police in riot gear swarmed campus when St. Patrick's day celebrations got out of hand in March, the university has been cracking down.
"That kind of lowered our rep," said Massa in reference to the melee.
Now, the updated, clarified policies are helping rebuild UD's reputation.
"I think they definitely tamed it down. There's a lot more cops going up and down the streets," noted Massa.
Beer pong and flip cup, among other drinking games, have fallen into this high risk category and have been banned.
"If cops pass by and they see you playing beer pong or things like, that they will stop it. They're trying to stop the whole binge drinking," said Massa.
University officials issued a statement that read, "Students who are having fun responsibly and cooperating with public safety and residence life will have no cause for concern."
" I think there's always rumors that the community is just because people drink together on their porches. Well, on a Tuesday night, people can have dinner on their porch and hang out with anyone," said Massa.
"It's just kind of getting students to understand that there are safety risks associated with consumption of alcohol especially," stated Abbate.
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