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Diversions Down; Enforcement?

The D is reporting that the number of Dartmouth students directed to the Town of Hanover’s alcohol Diversions program is down this year:

Participation in the Hanover Alcohol Diversion Program fell by around 30 percent between 2012 and 2013, dropping from 91 students in 2012 to 62 in 2013. The number of Dartmouth undergraduates taking part in the program — which offers first-time underage drinking offenders an educational alternative to court — nearly halved, with 45 students participating in 2013 compared to 87 students the previous year.

Diversion program coordinator Elizabeth Rathburn said the drop in Dartmouth student participation may be linked to the Greek Leadership Council’s 2013 policy banning freshmen from Greek houses during the first six weeks of fall term, though she added that it is difficult to identify a definitive cause from a one-year decrease.

I sent an e-mail to H.Po.’s Acting-Chief Frank Moran asking if there had been any modification in the Town’s enforcement of the underage drinking laws since Chief Nick Giaccone’s departure from the force. Moran responded promptly (as he always does, and as Chief Giaccone did, as well):

Our practice has been to respond to scenes to assist the ambulance with calls. It may also result in the officer following or traveling in the ambulance to the hospital if the circumstances warrant. This has not changed since Chief Giaccone’s retirement.

The College’s policies seem to be having a positive impact on the problem of binge drinking. Bravo.


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