"[Stanford] The elite northern California school - which faced widespread scrutiny after former swimmer Brock Turner was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman outside a fraternity - announced on Monday that 'hard olcohol' and 'shots' of liquor would be banned from all on-campus parties open to undergraduates." - Sam Levin, The Guardian, August 22, 2016. Here is the article.
Managing the alcohol consumption among undergraduates has been in the news for years now. For whatever reasons, college students tend to drink to excess. As experts in substance abuse hammer, such abuse of alcohol can limit the young person's ability to develop the adult skills needed to cope in the world. There is a saying in recovery: When you started drinking compulsively, you stopped growing emotionally and socially.
However, this Stanford initiative immediately met with criticism. For instance, students will probably booze up in their dorm rooms before showing up for the sedate parties of wine and beer. That in itself - being drunk in dorms - could create the perfect environment for more kinds of sexual assaults. And, critics shout, it is the ethos of sexual assault that Stanford should be focused on, not the kind of alcohol consumed.
In addition, some contend this move has all the fingerprints of ham-handed public relations. Stanford had to "do something" post-Turner. But perhaps it should have held off until it created a more comprehensive approach to predatory sexual hehavior on campus.