JMU changes reporting policy on drinking
James Madison University is cracking down on underage drinking on the campus, and asking the managers and owners of off-campus apartment complexes to help, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
School President Linwood Rose sent a letter to students Wednesday stating that it is time to change "the negative alcohol culture" on campus. He said the university is implementing changes to its school policy, including notifying parents after the first alcohol offense instead of the second.
The university also is asking managers and owners of off-campus apartment complexes not to permit illegal outdoor parties.
The change in policy comes after an off-campus party in April that resulted in more than 30 arrests and 42 injuries. Police in riot gear broke up a Springfest party of about 8,000 people, a crowd that included many non-students.
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