- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

MAHWAH, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey’s Ramapo College is toughening penalties for on-campus drinking.

College President Peter Mercer tells The Record (https://bit.ly/1AilZqN ) newspaper the crackdown follows the arrests of five students after a freshman claimed she was raped in a dorm room after a party.

Fines are doubled to $400 for students requiring emergency medical treatment due to intoxication. Students are fined $500 and are evicted from campus housing for a semester if they host parties where excessive drinking takes place or where minors are served.

Nine students, including three who were taken to the hospital, have faced the stiffer penalties since the semester started on Jan. 20.

A “good Samaritan policy” gives students amnesty if they are intoxicated and need help or if they seek help for an impaired student.

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Information from: The Record (Woodland Park, N.J.), https://www.northjersey.com

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