Alcohol Policy Presentation, Upcoming Father Pilarz Forum, Multitude of Fall Programs

MILWAUKEE (Sept. 27, 2012) – Senate welcomed Erin Lazzar, Assistant Dean of Students, for a presentation on the changes on the Marquette University alcohol policies for 2012-13. While working on alcohol policy development this past summer, Marquette studied surveys of local Jesuit institutions and their drinking policies. After reviewing these surveys and studying other university’s policies, Marquette has decided to make a few changes. Marquette drinking rates have been trending positively across the last several years, but the changes are coming from students who voiced opinions about the extent of high-risk drinking on Marquette’s campus. The changes in policy are directly speaking on behalf of the students who do not participate in high-risk drinking.

A major edit to the policy includes the change of the wording for “presence of” to “complicity.” In past years, the punishment was less severe for students who were in the presence of alcohol, who were not drinking.  In order to avoid a complicity charge, Marquette recommends that students:

A. Leave the room.

B. Confront your friends on the situation

C. To report the situation

One of the more overlooked parts of the policy is that you can get into trouble for being intoxicated, regardless of the legal drinking age.  Fines have also increased this year, with a first-time offense fine that can range between $50-$500. Senator Kruschke questioned where the money from the fines would be directed. Lazzar was unable to answer the question.

Another Senator questioned if students would choose not to call for medical help due to the new fines. Lazzar answered that in the case of a medical emergency, the only student who will be in trouble is the student who needs help; not the friend who called Public Safety.

If students have additional questions on the policy changes, they are encouraged to contact Erin Lazzar at erin.lazzar@marquette.edu.

President Van Boxtel encouraged Senators to attend the Father Pilarz Forum that will be held next Tuesday night in the AMU. The forum will mainly be focusing on strategic planning for the future of the university. Students are welcomed to join in the discussion in an intimate setting with Marquette’s president. All are welcome.

Senate minutes and agendas are now posted onto the MUSG and Senators and students are encouraged to use the hastag #MUSGsenate on Twitter in order to actively follow and participate in Senate meetings of the Marquette University Student Government.

Marquette University Health Services has increased their student prices by $7. This $7 includes the addition of a 24-hour nurse hotline, and the availability of “cold packages” to students. These packages will give out cold medicine and other helpful remedies so that Marquette students do not need to spend money at Walgreens.

The last Farmer’s Market of the year will be held on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. On Monday, Fright Fest tickets will be sold in the Brooks Lounge.

Senate adjourned at 8:27 p.m.

For more information on MUSG’s news and events, visit musg.mu.edu or contact the MUSG office, AMU 133 and like MUSG on Facebook and follow MUSG on Twitter.

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