Ruling Against Kegs
Arizona State University announced earlier this summer that it would be banning kegs, beer bongs and other tailgating items that are linked to alcohol. Although ASU has always considered itself a “dry” campus, it has permitted alcohol for special events such as football games in the past. However, kegs will no longer be a part of celebrations.
Yale instituted a ban on kegs at tailgating events since the death of a young woman in 2011. Former fraternity members who were involved in her death during the tailgating celebration faced a lawsuit earlier this year.
Ohio State University, which is well-known for being a “party school,” has put a stop to kegs being used during tailgating as well. This comes after the university decided to stop advertising alcohol and stress safety, rather than partying, around campus. These three schools are just a few of many that are rethinking the use of alcohol at sporting events for the sake of students.
The Reason Behind the Rulings
Despite the widespread ban on kegs that appears to be sweeping schools across the country, there isn’t just one key reason for the decision – each school appears to have its own agenda.
For example, Ohio State University decided that it was time for a face lift, taking partying and alcohol more seriously in an attempt to rebrand itself. Now the school considers itself to be more family-friendly and less like a party scene.
Yale had a specific situation to fall back on in terms of its ban – the death of a woman was enough to make the school reconsider its stance on alcohol.
Regardless of the rationale behind the bans, one thing is certain: university administrators believe students will be safer and less rowdy without kegs at tailgating events this fall.