Campus life can be many different things, depending on what school you’re in and what your extracurriculars are. If we’re lucky, our biggest worries are how to decorate our dorm rooms or what to wear on the first day of class. And it’s only natural that undergrads feel free to cut loose at parties on campus, feeling safe in their surroundings. Unfortunately, however, not all party-goers have other people’s best interests in mind, and there can be pretty bad outcomes.
This is where alcohol policies come in. Most campuses have them, and they tend to be pretty straightforward. But after the very high profile assault of a student on campus, Stanford University has updated their alcohol policy… and, well, it’s not exactly what people had in mind to help combat on-campus assaults.
In a news release earlier this week, the school announced its updated policy, saying that the use of “large” liquor bottles can no longer be made available on campus, arguing that people will drink less if the alcoholic bottles are smaller. Their logic is that a 750ml bottle (a fifth) has more shots in it than, say, a 375ml (a pint) one. Therefore, they believe, the less booze in one single bottle will lead people to drink less, not buy more.
While it’s obvious that the university’s intentions are good, this updated policy completely ignores the fact that alcohol does not, in fact, force people to cause assault. A part of the university’s statement that has since been deleted also concludes that women who drink are seen as more interested in sex and, therefore, are less likely to get assaulted if their access to alcohol is restricted.
Unsurprisingly, the reaction on Twitter has been swift. Many were very quick to point out that the policy itself is victim blaming:
Others pointed out that banning alcohol only fuels secret binge drinking, which can have disastrous results:
And some simply said what many are thinking:
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