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There are 10 comments on Alcohol Enforcement Patrol Stats 2016

    1. This is sarcasm, right? These only show students who were caught. For every person who’s caught, there’s (at least) 100 who didnt. Students frequently come to class drunk, so sorry to say there is a ton of underage drinking.

    1. Hi Ben,

      If you seek medical help for a student who’s intoxicated and underage, the follow-up is normally limited to a meeting with either Residence Life or Judicial Affairs and the recommendation that the student complete an educational program in BU’s Wellness Office. We strongly support students who look out for other Terriers, and greatly appreciate you asking this question. You can read more about BU’s alcohol and drug-related policies in the Lifebook (bu.edu/lifebook.

    2. Hi Ben,

      Just so you know, the two other responses to your comment are purposely misleading-BU is not at all transparent about their policies on alcohol. As someone who was forcibly transported to the hospital because another student saw fit to call 911 without speaking to me or any of the people I was with, I am intimately aware of all of the procedures and consequences.

      In my case, I was throwing up in the restroom–I have stomach issues, which the student would have known if they had bothered to speak with me before dialing 911. So, even though I was not particularly drunk I was vomiting.

      When BU PD arrived, I was forced to take a breathalyzer (I repeatedly refused), and blew a .1, that is, for those who may not be aware, just barely over the legal limit. I argued with BU PD until the ambulance arrived insisting that I didn’t need to go to the hospital. After basically being forced into the ambulance, I arrived at the hospital where the nurse very dismissively told me that I was one of the many BU students forced into ambulances when they didn’t need it. I was not given an IV, my stomach was not pumped, I was not even given a glass of water. I was merely told to sober up–and that I couldn’t leave until morning.

      The hospital/ambulance transport bill tallied to a total of $2,500 with insurance. I had a job on campus when this happened last year, but was forced to get a second one (off campus) that paid better so that I could pay off the bills. As if the unnecessary hospital bill itself wasn’t punitive enough, I was also fined $250 for overconsumption, and told that I was required to go to 2 meetings with a therapist at the wellness office. In addition, I was written up for two things: overconsumption requiring medical assistance and, to add insult to injury, failure to cooperate with the police. Since I was transported from a campus dorm (this occurred when I was a sophomore) these sanctions were put in place after what ResLife calls a “judicial appointment,” which is more of a formality than anything else. It is not any sort of trial. There is likely nothing that you can say that will affect the outcome.

      It should be noted that those two charges: failure to cooperate with the police (I didn’t run away, I didn’t shout or scream, I simply repeatedly insisted that I did not require hospitalization) and overconsumption requiring medical assistance will go to any and all grad schools that I apply to.

      Look, I’m not saying that there aren’t students that need to be transported to the hospital because there are. What I AM saying is that there is no reason for another student who has limited knowledge of the matter to dial 911 or report it to an RA without getting all of the facts. Actions have serious consequences and may affect someone’s life and future. If the person is with friends, then speak to those friends–if they didn’t see fit to dial 911, then the person is likely fine. Only a VERY small minority of the people transported to the hospital by BU actually require it. Very few will thank you for calling.

  1. I don’t understand why BU is so stringent on alcohol. We are college kids and want to have fun. I’m sure all of the police officers did the same when they were in college. Or maybe they didn’t go to college. I understand reporting medical transports, but busting parties, especially off campus when bu has nothing to do with it (I have a friend who got a judicial hearing with BU for having a party at his off campus appartment), is a waste of time and the money spent on police could be used elsewhere.

    1. You’re living in a community that has noise laws, because your neighbors have children or have to work night shifts or weekends, or are students themselves who need to study more than they need to have fun. And when you don’t respect your neighbors, they will call the police with a noise complaint, who will be only too happy to cite you guys for underage drinking or anything else they find.

    2. It’s possible to have fun without being disruptive to others. Simply because you aren’t living in dorms doesn’t mean there aren’t laws/rules to follow. Exactly what do you think the police would be better off doing? Would you like them to not reply to your call if you were, say, trying to study, but your upstairs neighbors were hosting a disruptive party. Dan is right. College students tend to forget that they don’t exist in their own bubble with only other students. Not trying to attack you, just mention the other side.

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