GW tightens alcohol policy, enforces party registration

The George Washington University is cracking down on large parties.

After a number Greek-life groups held unregistered parties on campus, the University began to place heavy sanctions on non-compliant organizations.

According to the GW Hatchet, the requirement was spawned by Student Activities Center Director Tim Miller after he drove past a number of very large, very unregistered parties last August.

Although not cited as one of the reasons for the heightened enforcement, the death of sophomore Taylor Hubbard, who fell out of a dormitory window last May, may also factor into the decision. (A medical examiner was unable to determine the manner of Hubbard’s death and is not allowed to release any information regarding his blood alcohol content at the time of the fall.)

Assistant Dean of Students and Student Judicial Services Director Tara Pereira told the Hatchet that although the policy is not new, it had not been strongly enforced in the past. Now, fraternities and sororities at GW that fail to register their parties with GW’s Center for Alcohol and Drug Education will be unable to recruit any new members this semester.

So, what makes GW’s party registration different from Georgetown’s?

Unlike Georgetown’s party registration policy that simply requires two students to serve as hosts, GW Greek-life is required to hire security that checks IDs at the door. In other words, if you’re ever upset about Georgetown’s system, just remember it could be much worse.

And, they don’t even get the “I Know How To Party” t-shirts.

GW officials did not respond to Vox’s request for a comment.

12 Comments on “GW tightens alcohol policy, enforces party registration

  1. These are the kind of rules Georgetown should put in place for its Burleith dorms.

  2. Proud Burleither’s uncreative, accusatory, and unnecessarily divisive comments aside, I find GW’s policy understandable. They have a responsibility to ensure their students are safe, and complying with the law. I hope no one is going to be so unreasonable as to suggest that the act of checking ID’s at the door is an undue burden; any complaints inevitably come down to the restriction on illegal underage drinking. Furthermore, seeing as students have an extremely poor track record of actually enforcing the laws they agree to, I don’t think its unreasonable to require them to hire someone who will. There’s also no reason to extend use of university resources to groups that consistently violate not only school policy, but the law.

  3. I don’t find this policy agreeable at all. That a law exists does not mean that it is inherently good or moral. While alcohol laws do not have the same level of harm and discrimination of something like lack of gay marriage, they still ignore the social role that alcohol plays in college. These gatherings form an integral aspect of the social maturation of college students, and colleges should facilitate the safety of these students who choose to engage in activities that have mistakenly been labelled “illegal.” Cracking down on parties and enforcing odd rules and over the top responses only serves to engender distrust and misunderstanding. What we need is a more reasoned approach to understanding the necessity of this drug in our society. Rather than marginalizing those who are doing “bad things,” lets try to include them.

  4. Let me make it simple for you. If you’re under twenty-one don’t drink. It’s against the law. If you’re over twenty-one and you can’t drink without puking all over yourself or committing a crime don’t drink. If you drink just to get fu@ked-up your immature.
    It’s amazing how a little bottle filled with an amber liquid can control seemingly intelligent young people.

  5. yeah… checking ID’s at doors is soooo effective. it must be so tough to get drinks once inside if you’re under 21! anyone who thinks gw is stricter than gtown’s center against smiling and fun (aka off campus student life) has not been to their parties

  6. I will also try to make things simple for you. Odds are, Proud Burleither is a Baby Boomer. The way of the Baby Boomer is to use it up, spit it out, then deem it Too Dangerous for subsequent generations. Drugs? Declare war on them. 18-year-old drinking age? Better make it 21 so we can push it further underground. Deficit spending and tax breaks during two wars that probably protected our Burleithian friend’s prime earning years? Enter Tea Party. So Proud Burleither says no drugs, no alcohol, and you’ll probably be paying down the last decade’s debt until you retire, but that’s only if you can find employment.

    Simple answer? Country’s f***ed, better to keep boozing than think about it too much.

  7. Hear hear, Beltway Greg.

    Guod, I hardly consider it an “odd rule” to check ID’s, the same practice you will find at any bar, restaurant, or store. I also disagree that alcohol is an “integral aspect of the social maturation of college students.” I can point you to any number of socially well adjusted individuals who felt no need to drink underage, and it’s hardly the case that people will only be social in the presence of alcohol. Even if it were true however, I’d hardly call such behavior “social maturation,” and if you would call the type of behavior you see going on at these types of parties “mature,” you and I are clearly working from very different definitions.

    In any case, there are plenty of appropriate legal and political channels to disagree with the existing law. I would not call universities failing to enforce the restrictions one of them.

  8. I don’t think this law will have too much effect. It’s just a matter of how far underground you want to push underage drinking. As I understand it, this GW restriction only applies to their larger (ie frat) parties. Even if you did those restrictions in Burleith, the underage people would find another way to drink heavily. In a way that would probably also piss off the neighbors.

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