Explainer: Stellenbosch University implements total ban on alcohol

Explainer: Stellenbosch University implements total ban on alcohol

- Stellenbosch University has implemented a campus-wide alcohol ban

- The drastic call will see students facing disciplinary actions not only for possession, but displaying alcoholic beverages

- Briefly.co.za explores the situation and the reasoning behind it

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Party time is over for students at Stellenbosch University, with a total alcohol ban coming into effect this month.

Students found in possession of and even displaying, alcoholic beverages will face disciplinary measures:

“From January onwards, no alcohol will be allowed to be consumed in SU student accommodation or on its premises. Alcohol is not allowed to be stored in residence and the display of empyy tins or bottles is not allowed. Repeated offenders will have to face the university’s central disciplinary team.”

Briefly.co.za gathered that officials at the university are serious about the clamp-down, threatening to confiscate and destroy any liquor found in dorm rooms, with the total ban in place until new rules can be established.

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The first reason for this ban is an incident that occurred last year where a learner had fallen from a window and died, a death linked to binge-drinking and the culture surrounding alcohol consumption.

Another reason for the ban is the suggestion that curbing alcohol abuse could perhaps curb incidents of gender-based violence.

The statement issued by the university suggested that there is a link between heavy drinking and sexual assault:

“In an attempt to tackle alcohol abuse amongst students, the Rectorate of Stellenbosch University decided that the trade of alcohol in residences and their clubs would be abolished. The Residence Rules which form the community guidelines of living and learning residents have to be reviewed.”

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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