An example of an extremely innovative approach to the topic is highlighted by the policy of Stanford University, which claims that it takes an educational approach to the issue.  Unlike schools like Santa Clara University that take on the traditional, conservative position of zero tolerance, Stanford employs a freer policy that places the power to make smart, safe choices in the hands of its students.  The stance taken by Stanford administrators is exemplified by its so called “Open Door Policy” which allows alcohol consumption to take place within dormitories given that the any room in which drinking is taking place has its door open.  The logic behind the policy stems from an attempt to “…discourage certain unhealthy and dangerous drinking patterns, like intense pre-gaming behind locked doors…” [7] The biggest issue addressed in this debate is the attempt to discover the right amount of control to be implemented that will promote the safety, well being, and growth of the students.  Stanford’s policy relies heavily on the logic and decision making of its students in order to maintain a certain degree of control on its campus with regards to alcohol consumption, as opposed to creating strict rules with harsh punishments for students who are found to be in violation of the rules set in place.

 

 

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