Benedictine receives second EUDL grant to combat underage drinking
August 12, 2011
Lisle, Illinois ~ An extensive three-year investigation by the Task Force on College Drinking, commissioned by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, reported that alcohol consumption is linked to at least 1,400 student deaths and 500,000 unintentional injuries every year.
Alcohol consumption by college students is linked to drinking and driving and poor academic performance, Even non-drinking students may experience the consequences of alcohol abuse such as increased rates of crime, traffic crashes, rapes and assaults, and property damage. Each year, more than 800,000 students are assaulted by other students who have been drinking.
As part of its ongoing effort to keep students, the community and the campus safe, the Benedictine University Police Department sought and was awarded a second $5,000 grant by the lllinois Department of Human Services to combat underage alcohol use and impaired driving on campus.
Benedictine received an initial Enforcing Underage Drinking Laws (EUDL) grant in January 2011 to allow the department to subsidize salaries and purchase equipment such as portable breath test devices (PBTs).
Aided by the initial grant, the Benedictine University Police Department issued 134 alcohol violation citations, six drug citations, four citations for unlawful use of an I.D., and a ticket to an impaired driver during the Spring 2011 semester.
The latest grant will allow the department to expand its efforts to enforce alcohol compliance at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex, among servers and patrons at the Coal Ben eatery on campus, and on the public streets contiguous to the University.
"The grant will also allow us extra police staffing to conduct on-campus roadside safety checks, patrol the parking lots during athletic events, and work closely with Residence Life to identify underage alcohol consumption and students who may be at health risk," said Benedictine University Police Chief Michael Salatino.
EUDL grants are awarded through the lllinois Higher Education Center for Alcohol, Other Drug and Violence Prevention office to those schools that through their grant proposal have suggested the most effective use of the funds to support efforts to curb underage drinking.
The most recent awards were presented to Benedictine University, Elmhurst College and Judson University.
"We will continue to provide awareness and educational programming on responsible partying, sexual assault and medical considerations, as well as the legal aspects of underage consumption, fraudulent driver's licenses/identification, and providing alcohol to underage persons," Salatino said.
Salatino said his department also plans to use part of the grant to purchase a new patrol bicycle.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked among "America's Top Colleges" by Forbes magazine and as a "Top School in the Midwest - Master's Universities" by U.S. News & World Report.