Alcohol Policy Among Issues To Be Examined By UK Task Force

May 8, 2013

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A work group formed to study alcohol policy, along with other health-related issues, at the University of Kentucky has been appointed by university president Eli Capilouto.

The move comes after Capilouto indicated a desire last September to revisit the policy while UK creates its new master plan for campus. Some neighborhood groups argue the university’s ban on all alcohol in campus living spaces has pushed student drinking into surrounding areas.

The task force, which will be made up of 15 university officials and community representatives, is set to examine the causes behind alcohol abuse by students and issue recommendations to facilitate responsible alcohol use. Work group co-chair and UK vice president for student affairs, Robert Mock says the formation of the group came about in part as a response to recent incidents on campus, including arrests and property damage that occurred following the UK men’s basketball team’s NCAA title win and a temporary tailgating ban at UK football games last year.

"I think it's fair to say that those are two elements that a part of many other elements that have occurred here on our campus and across the nation, and we're going to look at the research to try to figure out what is the best model for the University of Kentucky when youn consider the health, safety, and welfare of all students," Mock says.

Mock says UK should examine other universities’ strategies as it considers revising its own alcohol policies. He will co-chair the panel with Eric Monday, the university’s executive vice president for finance and administration.