The Alcohol Advisory Board plans to re-examine the Row houses’ exemption to the New Student Orientation (NSO) alcohol policy, according to Ralph Castro, director of the newly formed Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE). This review comes after alcohol transports occurred during this year’s NSO week.
Vice Provost for Student Affairs Greg Boardman announced in a Sept. 8 email the formation of an Office of Alcohol Policy and Education (OAPE), to be headed by former Vaden Health Center Associate Director Ralph Castro.
Stanford University and 13 other institutions of higher education announced their partnership in the Learning Collaborative on High-Risk Drinking, a national effort to tackle binge drinking on American campuses. This development comes at a time in which nearly 2,000 American college students die annually from alcohol-related injuries.
Following conversations with leaders in both fraternities and sororities, Residential Education (ResEd) plans to launch a new class this spring for new pledges in the Greek community. Plans to implement an educational component to the pledging process were initially met with complaints by members of the Greek community because of a cited lack of communication with ResEd.
In the beginning weeks of fall quarter, 16 students were transported to the hospital for alcohol-related incidents, said Ralph Castro, manager of the Substance Abuse Prevention Program at Vaden Health Center. The number represents an increased rate from the 61 total transports reported during the 2009-10 school year and is of growing concern among administrators and dorm staff.