This summer, Lafayette was awarded a prize of $40,000 Grant from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to fund several programs that would promote responsible drinking in the college community, among them the party registration process that is set to begin Oct.
money from Reducing the drinking of minors and dangerous Grant It is given to schools and other institutions to fund programs that promote responsible alcohol consumption, according to Sean Kelly, a spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority’s Liquor Control Board.
Dean of Students Brian Sample said the college has applied for grant funding with the intent of offering programs that teach senior students how to be responsible social hosts. One of the programs that the scholarship will help fund is the party registration process.
Beginning in October, students intending to host a party—or gathering of more than two dozen alcoholic guests—must fill out a form at OurCampus 14 days prior to the party to notify the Dean of Student Office. On the form, students will provide information including hostname and contact information, which will be shared with the public safety.
Students do not need to wait for their party’s official approval when submitting the form, though Samble noted that his office may respond with feedback and information on best practices. The host will receive a confirmation upon submission of the form that includes details of local ordinances.
In exchange for notifying the Dean of the Student Office of the party, some students will receive party packages, or food packages, for their events. The rationale behind the program is to improve community policing and promote a more vibrant community life.
“The status quo is what the students are facing now — these cat-and-mouse games, the officers are trying to figure out what’s going on, they don’t know who to contact and confused about what’s going on,” Sample said. “So I think this is an effort on the part of the Dean of Student’s Office to get to the students to say, ‘Let’s work together on this. “
Samble envisions developing a closer relationship with Easton Police and eventually sharing reports with them as well. While parties that break the laws in them will be punished regardless of their registration status, Samble suggested that those involved with registered parties could be treated with a bit more leniency if a problem does arise.
“Not recording the party means there is a conscious choice not to work with the college on reasonable request…if a party is called and yes, something is going on there that shouldn’t be, has been documented, no experience then an aggressive charge [or a sanction] As a party it did not register … if its responsibility is proven,” he said.
Greek Life’s policies will remain unchanged, as fraternities and sororities are already required to register any events they host. Student groups and organizations will use the same form in OurCampus to record a party, although the Student Engagement Office will be notified rather than the Dean of Students.
Sample said many other colleges, including Bryn Mawr, Franklin & Marshall and Muhlenberg College, have similar enrollment programs.
Following the party registration process, the scholarship will fund other programs in Lafayette.
Much of the money will be used to pay for eTIPS, an online alcohol server training course. Completion of eTIPS was previously only required for students living in off-campus housing, and is now also mandatory for the entire entry-level class. According to Samble, Lafayette is the only college in the country that requires an entire class of students to attend this course.
In addition, money from the grant will be used to fund increased periodicals, public service announcements, and evaluations.
Beyond Lafayette, other Lehigh Valley colleges that received funding of the scholarship includes Lehigh and Muhlenberg University. The scholarship, which is allocated over two two-year cycles, will run from 2022 until the spring of 2024
Sample said he would assess the effectiveness of the programs throughout the grant period.
“I feel Lafayette will truly set the standard among not only our peer group, but all colleges in the country with a top-tier approach to responsible drinking and social hosting; [an approach] This doesn’t shame alcohol, but instead looks at promoting it in a responsible way.”