This summer, Lafayette received a $40,000 prize to agree from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to fund several programs that will promote responsible drinking in the university community, including a party registration process that is scheduled to begin October 1.
Underage and Hazardous Drinking Reduction Fund to agree are donated to schools and other institutions to fund programs that promote responsible drinking, according to PA Liquor Control Board spokesperson Shawn Kelly.
Dean of Students Brian Samble said the college applied for grant funding in an effort to provide programs that teach upperclassmen how to be responsible social hosts. One of the programs the grant will help fund is the party registration process.
From October, students intending to host a party – or a gathering of more than twenty guests where alcohol will be present – must complete a form on OurCampus 14 days prior to the party to notify the office. of the Dean of Students. On the form, students will provide information, including the host’s name and contact information, which will be shared with public safety.
Students do not need to wait for official approval from their parties when submitting the form, though Samble noted his office could respond with comments and information on best practices. The host will receive confirmation upon submission of the form which includes details of local ordinances.
In return for notifying the Dean of Students’ office of the party, some students will receive party packs, or food packets, for their events. The logic behind the program is to improve community policing and foster more vibrant community life.
“The status quo is what students are going through right now — these cat-and-mouse games, officers trying to figure out what’s going on, not knowing who to contact, and confusion about what’s going on,” Samble said. “So I think it’s an effort for the office of the dean of students to reach out to students and say, ‘Let’s work on this together. “”
Samble plans to develop a closer relationship with Easton Police and possibly share reports with them as well. While parties where the laws are broken will be punished regardless of their registration status, Samble suggested that those involved in registered parties could be treated a little more leniently if something goes wrong.
“Not registering the party is saying there is a conscious choice not to work with the college on a reasonable request…If a party is approached and yes, there is something going on in there that shouldn’t not be, and it is documented, it may not feel so aggressive load then [or a sanction] as a party that has not registered… if found responsible,” he said.
Greek Life’s policies will remain unchanged, as fraternities and sororities are already required to register all events they host. Student groups and organizations will use the same form on OurCampus to register a party, although the Office of Student Involvement will be notified instead of the Dean of Students.
Many other colleges, including Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg College, have similar enrollment programs in place, Samble said.
Beyond the party registration process, the grant money will fund other programs in Lafayette.
Much of the money will be used to pay for eTIPS, an online training course for alcohol servers. Once only required for students living in off-campus accommodation, completion of eTIPS is now also mandatory for the entire junior class. According to Samble, Lafayette is the only college in the country to require an entire class of students to take this course.
In addition, grant money will be used to fund increased patrols, public service announcements and evaluations.
Beyond Lafayette, other Lehigh Valley colleges that received funding of the grant include Lehigh University and Muhlenberg. The grant, which is awarded in two-year cycles, will run from 2022 to spring 2024
Samble said he will evaluate the effectiveness of the programs throughout the grant period.
“I feel like Lafayette is really going to set a standard not just among our peer group, but across colleges across the country with an upper-class approach to responsible drinking and social housing; [an approach] it does not shame alcohol, but rather seeks to promote it responsibly,” he said.