CFS looking to improve CCAOD report

by Eun Lee Koh | 11/20/97 6:00am

While the campus is still fuming over the recently released alcohol policy recommendations of the College Committee on Alcohol and Other Drugs, members of the Coed Fraternity Sorority Council said they view the CCAOD report as a "starting point" for reform and are devising methods of finetuning the current recommendations.

CFSC President Chris Atwood '98 said he is optimistic that he and other CFS leaders can work with the College to formulate a plan of action which "fulfills both the College's legal obligations and is acceptable to the CFS system at the same time."

The 20-page report -- which criticizes the College's current alcohol policy, including the current CFS self-monitoring system -- recommends each CFS organization develop a new alcohol-management plan which complies with College policy and state and federal laws.

"Unrealistic" or "impractical" plans submitted by CFS houses will be rejected, and such houses will be forbidden to serve alcohol, according to the report.

Atwood said the CFSC is also focusing on developing a CFS system-wide alcohol-management plan rather than on developing individual plans for each house.

"I'm in favor of the universal plan because it will make the policy consistent for every house," Atwood said. "It will make it less confusing both for the houses and the College, and make it easier for everyone to comply."

Currently under discussion by the CFSC is an alcohol safety education program focused on educating not only members of the CFS system but the entire campus as well.

Kappa Kappa Kappa fraternity President Bill Bleier '98 said even in light of the CCAOD report and recent alcohol-related deaths at other colleges -- including MIT and LSU -- Dartmouth is still "severely lacking" in adequate alcohol safety education.

Bleier said CFS organizations should take a leading role in the education process because these organizations are "primarily responsible" for the supply of alcohol to the College community.

Bleier said he has already spoken to Assistant Dean of Residential Life Deb Reinders and Dean of First Year Students Peter Goldsmith in order to garner support for a campus-wide alcohol safety-education program.

"This is a really serious topic and people really don't take it that seriously," Bleier said. "Education has to come from the students themselves not just the administration."

Atwood said he plans to submit the CFSC's revised alcohol-management plans to Dean of the College Lee Pelton sometime in Winter term.