Dangerous drinking has an impact on student life

August 30, 2005

The Penn State and surrounding State College community often are cited in national rankings as among the safest places to live in the nation. We think this is a terrific University and a wonderful place to live and learn, but students who get overly involved in the social scene sometimes put themselves and others at risk.

This University and officials in the local community have worked hard in recent years to address dangerous drinking. In fact almost a decade ago Penn State developed a national reputation for confronting the issue collaboratively and directly.

However, despite considerable emphasis on the problem, we have watched over the past 10 years as members of our University community have suffered serious injury or loss of life as a result of dangerous drinking.

The good news is that many students appear to be paying attention to the issue and we are beginning to see movement in the right direction. In the last two years, we have seen a decline in:

-- Combined borough and campus police alcohol arrests;

-- Public drunkenness arrests by the two departments;

-- DUI arrests;

-- Liquor law violations; and

-- Emergency room visits by Penn State students.

The start of the fall semester is filled with enthusiasm, promise and hope. There will be thousands of new alumni leaving Happy Valley at the end of the year. There will be great discoveries made in our laboratories and exciting performances in our recital halls, theaters and auditoriums during the school year. Penn State student athletes will excel and be recognized for their accomplishments around the country.

We want this to be a great year for all students, and not one that ends in tragedy for any Penn State students. Please take care of yourself and your fellow students by making responsible decisions about alcohol. Your success is of the utmost importance to all of us!

If you want to find resources related to the issue of dangerous drinking you can find them at http://live.psu.edu/story/4536 online.

Vicky Triponey
Vice President for Student Affairs

(Media Contacts)

Last Updated March 19, 2009