WSU Tries New Tactics Against Booze

Aug 12, 2013

Washington State University will try some new actions to reduce binge drinking by students, including scheduling more Friday morning classes, and notifying parents if an underage student is caught drinking.

The Pullman-based university announced a series of changes on Monday. The reform process started after a student died of alcohol poisoning in October.

Among the proposed changes, WSU officials will notify parents the first time an underage student violates alcohol and drug policies.

In addition, WSU will seek approval from the Faculty Senate to schedule more classes on Friday mornings to combat alcohol-fueled three-day weekends. A 2007 study by the University of Missouri found that many students were more likely to binge on Thursday nights if they didn't have classes on Friday.