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University of Michigan Will Notify Parents of Drug and Alcohol Offenses

While the University of Michigan may be ranked among the top 25 colleges in the world, a new program introduced this year may become the prestigious university's most talked-about offering.

According to the Detroit Free Press, the university sent out an email earlier this week warning incoming freshman under the age of 21 that if they are caught violating school alcohol and drug policies more than once, their parents will be notified.

"We will notify parents of first-year students when a student under the age of 21 has had a second alcohol or drug violation or when a first-year student has committed a violation accompanied by other serious behavior, such as needing medical attention, significant property damage or driving under the influence," the email read. "At U-M, we strive to create a caring community. The safety of our students is our No. 1 priority. Our actions are intended to reduce the risk of harm and increase the safety of every student."

Reasons cited on the university's website include a recent spike in the number of alcohol- and drug-related instances. The university police pledges to work together with the city of Ann Arbor Police to help students become more accountable for their choices.

Parents will be notified if:

  • A student has committed a violation accompanied by other serious behavior, such as needing medical attention, significant property damage or driving under the influence.
  • A student has had a second alcohol or drug violation.

The University of Maine has a similar parental notification policy in place. Parents will be notified if:

  • The student has caused harm to any person while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • The student was arrested or taken into custody by police while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
  • The student was responsible for vandalism or other destruction of property while under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.

As the University of Michigan moves toward stricter rules to protect its legacy, its neighbor Michigan State University, known for being one of the top party schools in the United States, has said it has no plans to offer such a strict policy.

"That policy is not something our leadership has considered or felt the desire to do," said Michigan State University spokesperson Jason Cody.

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