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Debating the effectiveness of Stanford’s hard alcohol ban




Graduating Stanford University students turn around to thank their parents during the 125th Stanford University commencement ceremony on June 12, 2016 in Stanford, California.
Graduating Stanford University students turn around to thank their parents during the 125th Stanford University commencement ceremony on June 12, 2016 in Stanford, California.
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Hard alcohol no longer has a place with undergraduates at Stanford University. School officials released a new alcohol policy on Monday that put a campus-wide ban on hard liquor and “high volume distilled liquor containers.”

This comes amid the continuing fallout from the Brock Turner incident in which Turner, a highly-recruited swimmer on Stanford men’s team, was convicted of sexually assaulting an unconscious woman behind a dumpster on campus. Turner, to the outrage of many, received a six month sentence for his crime.

While Stanford spokeswoman Lisa Lapin says the concern over alcohol abuse on campus isn’t new, critics see the ban as not addressing the real problem of the culture of sexual assault on-campus, plus they worry about students drinking more off-campus.

What do you think of Stanford’s hard alcohol ban? Will the ban help stop the abuse of alcohol on campus, or is it just a distraction for a bigger problem?

Guests:

Bruce Lee Livingston, executive director and CEO, Alcohol Justice based in San Rafael -  a national advocacy organization that campaigns against the influence of the alcohol industry

Michele Landis Dauber, professor of law and sociology at Stanford Law School; she tweets @mldauber