Letter from the Chancellor

Like universities nationwide, KU is not immune to the problem of excessive alcohol consumption by students. Excessive alcohol consumption has killed college students, and it can kill you.

I hope all students and families will do their part to make our university community safe and healthy, in part by using the resources presented on this site.

Here you can find out about the excellent resources available at KU to help you, your friends, or loved ones with information related to alcohol or other drugs. Students also can call the Health Education Resource Office at 785-864-9570 to take advantage of the assistance that is available.

I ask all students to please act responsibly and within the law, including the law that prohibits underage drinking. Respect those who do not want to drink alcohol and don't make drinking the primary focus of any of your activities. If you are of legal age and do choose to drink alcohol, limit your consumption to no more than one drink per hour and always eat food when drinking alcohol.

Everyone should learn the symptoms of alcohol poisoning. If you suspect a friend is suffering from alcohol poisoning, call 911 immediately. KU has implemented an amnesty program that allows students to call for help without fear of being punished under university policies.

And please, do not drink and drive, as that puts many more lives than your own in danger.

In addition to information on avoiding alcohol-related tragedies, this site also contains information about the steps KU is taking to cut down on excessive alcohol consumption, including the parental notification policy we implemented in May 2009.

A student's time at KU can and should be one of the best experiences of his or her life. By using the resources here, we can help avoid the alcohol-related tragedies that have befallen far too many college students.


Douglas A. Girod

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