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Educating students about alcohol is one recommendation from UNB alcohol report

Recently released recommendations from UNB’s most recent alcohol report will focus on educating students about alcohol.

The alcohol report is a yearly initiative that investigates alcohol policies and practices on campus and then creates recommendations based on the results.

“It’s intended to be a report that helps us look at what we want as a community around alcohol — it’s not a set of rules. It’s to help people think about using alcohol responsibly and creating an environment where people have a good time and are safe,” said Shirley Cleave, associate vice-president academic and chairperson of the report committee.

The committee that designed the report and gave recommendations was made up of Cleave, the executive director of Residential Life, Campus & Conference Services (RLCCS), the director of Counselling Services, the director of Security and Traffic, the student developing coordinator and representatives of the Student Union and RLCCS.

A total of 43 recommendations make up the report this year and come from survey data on UNB students and studies on the practices of other universities. Work on the recommendations will begin next term.

“One of the recommendations will to be to replace the alcohol policy advisor group with a new group called the Committee to Manage Alcohol on Campus. They would be the group that would be responsible for helping make sure that the report doesn’t just sit on the shelf,” said Cleave.

Other focuses this year will be to do a better job of informing students of alcohol policies on campus, and to be more aware of the nature of alcohol advertising on campus.

In the past, recommendations from the alcohol report resulted in the requirement of having specially trained servers at campus pubs and efforts to have consistent alcohol related policies and procedures between UNB, STU and NBCC.

Angela Garnett, senior director of Student Life, wants students to know that these recommendations aren’t a punishment towards students for drinking.

“These recommendations aren’t negative. They really can have a positive impact,” Garnett said.

When it comes to UNB Residential Life, recommendations will focus on education for students surrounding alcohol use, including underage drinking.

“We’ll really focus over the next couple years … on doing a better job training our student leaders, our proctors,” said Garnett.

ResLife aims to promote not just proactive education, but also reactive education regarding alcohol use.

“For example, if a student does use alcohol in a way that’s unhealthy or puts them or other people in harm’s way, then how can we help them better and how can we educate them?” Garnett said.

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