- Associated Press - Sunday, November 8, 2015

BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) - Montana State University officials are considering new policies on alcohol and drugs that could affect tailgating, fraternities and telling parents when their children get in trouble.

The University Council, made up of about 30 MSU leaders, voted unanimously last week to forward a report from the MSU President’s Commission on Substance Abuse Prevention to President Waded Cruzado.

The vote marks one step forward in a long process in changing campus drug and alcohol policies, said Matt Caires, dean of students. The tailgating issue alone may be under discussion for the next 18 months or longer, he said.

Student President Levi Birky said students would be the largest group affected by proposed policies. Birky asked that any changes be reviewed by the Associated Students of MSU Senate and MSU’s vice president for student success, Chris Kearns, before they’re submitted for university approval.

“We want to be part of the process,” Birky said told the Bozeman Daily Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1MiyBir). “We want students, via the Senate, to have a voice.”

Deans, vice presidents and employee representatives on the council included that assurance in their approval of the substance abuse report.

“What we’re wanting to occur is cultural change, to create a healthier environment for students,” engineering dean Brett Gunnink said. “That will not happen without the cooperation of students.”

The report makes 10 recommendations, starting with creation of a campus-community coalition to involve students, downtown businesses and university administrators in tackling the issues of alcohol and drug abuse.

Students have concerns about three proposals.

One would prevent people who leave Bobcat Stadium at halftime to hang out or drink at tailgating parties from coming back inside.

The second calls for requiring fraternities and sororities to have house mentors.

And the third seeks a change in state privacy law to allow Montana universities to contact parents if students get in trouble for drugs or alcohol.

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Information from: Bozeman Daily Chronicle, http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com

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