OJJDP Development Grants to Colleges Yield Improvement in Underage Drinking Enforcement

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Nowhere in America are the effects of heavy episodic drinking more in evidence than at colleges and universities. Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) and preserving the lives those laws are designed to protect can be challenging in college communities. Beginning in 2008, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) funded a EUDL College Discretionary Initiative to support and focus the efforts of colleges and their surrounding communities to reduce alcohol beverage availability and consumption by underage college students.

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Colleges and universities have students from all across the Nation and various foreign countries. Educating new and existing students on the applicable laws and ordinances within States and communities where institutions of higher education are located is critical to the success of prevention work. In particular, it is important to educate new students, as well as older students, who may live off campus on State laws and local ordinances addressing social host prohibitions and other provisions of the law that affect a student?s academic future when enforced.

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