Campus: CSU Office of the Chancellor -- February 13, 2002
Photograph of signing by CSU Chancellor Charles
Reed and BT&H Secretary Maria Contreras-Sweet
Major Pact Signed to Curb Student Alcohol Abuse
In the first compact of its kind in California, a memorandum of understanding
has been signed involving six state agencies and the California State
University system to address the problem of alcohol abuse among university
At a meeting in Long Beach today (Wednesday, February 13, 2002), CSU
Chancellor Charles B. Reed signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
with Business, Transportation and Housing (BT&H) Secretary Maria
Contreras-Sweet. The MOU commits the CSU and the state agencies to fight
alcohol abuse on and off university campuses. The state agencies include
BT&H, Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of Alcohol
and Drug Programs, California Highway Patrol, Department of Motor Vehicles,
and the Office of Traffic Safety.
"Alcohol abuse on university campuses continues to threaten the
health and academic success of students, and has negative impacts on
the campus and surrounding communities," Reed said. "This
relationship with these state agencies definitely will make a difference
in the lives of CSU students."
Secretary Sweet, a member of the Governor's Cabinet, said, "This
partnership between CSU and the six state agencies will address the
tragic consequences of high-risk drinking, and the potential loss of
life by students who have so much to offer society." The MOU creating
the partnership between CSU and the agencies outlines seven steps toward
reducing dangerous practices involving students and alcohol. The steps
- Work cooperatively to address the issue of student alcohol abuse
and to share resources, as appropriate.
- Jointly collect data that will help identify the scope and nature
of the problems on the individual campuses, focus strategies, and
address the issue of student alcohol abuse.
Support, provide resources and participate in an Annual CSU Alcohol
Issues Conference. The agencies of the State of California will provide
speakers and/or workshop presenters, as appropriate.
- Share information on grant funding opportunities and submit joint
grant proposals, as appropriate.
- Cooperate on a legislative agenda that addresses issues of alcohol
education and alcohol abuse and its consequences.
- Develop joint alcohol education, enforcement, training and prevention
programs for campus and community leaders. Such efforts are to include
coordinated regional and statewide approaches.
- Meet at least two times each calendar year to review the status,
accomplishments and future goals of the partnership.
The MOU is an outgrowth of a policy on alcohol adopted by the CSU Board
of Trustees in July 2001. The policy was developed by a committee of
university presidents, vice presidents of student affairs, students,
faculty, staff and alumni, and was chaired by CSU Fresno President John
Welty. Chancellor Reed created the committee after the death of a Chico
State University student, and a number of other near-fatal incidents
involving alcohol abuse.
The MOU is expected to result in a broad spectrum of activities, including
educational efforts, prevention programs, and enforcement activities
both on and off the campuses. The extent of the activities will vary
from campus to campus, depending on the assessed needs and problems
of each university.
Follow-up meetings between CSU officials and State Agency representatives
are expected to begin within the month to address the seven areas outlined
in the MOU.