As of this week, the open container policy has been changed to allow open containers in the publicly shared spaces in Village A and Henle. In groups of roughly 15 or smaller, students will be allowed to congregate in the barbecue area in Village A or the courtyard in Henle, for instance, and sip on beer or wine.
The reason why these areas were targeted is because they’re off the beaten path, unlike the Village B courtyard, for instance, which has a fairly steady stream of pedestrian traffic.
If the new policy is successful, the changes will be expanded to include public spaces in Nevils, LXR, and Village B. There aren’t specific parameters yet as to how the policy’s success will be measured. “In the words of [DPS Chief] Jay Gruber, ‘no news is good news’,” said GUSA President Nate Tisa (SFS ’14). In other words, as long as this policy changes doesn’t bring DPS any extra headaches, it’ll be allowed to stay.
This change in policy is targeted at of-age students living on campus, although the details are fuzzy as to how that will be determined. If it’s “obvious” that there are underage drinkers present, DPS will use its authority to take down GOCard numbers in order to determine if a student is underage or not, although Tisa assured Vox that random carding won’t be the norm.