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Benedictine announces new policy banning alcohol in campus housing areas

LISLE – Benedictine University has announced a new policy effectively banning alcohol possession and consumption in campus housing areas.

The policy targets underage drinking and irresponsible drinking on campus in order to provide a safe environment for all, according to the university.

As of noon Thursday, no alcohol can be consumed or possessed in university campus housing areas, a release states.

Consumption of alcohol by individuals 21 years of age or older will be allowed at the Coal Ben, a restaurant-style eatery, and authorized university events, the release states.

It's unclear if the change is in response to two reported sexual assaults on the Benedictine campus earlier this month. A female student and a friend alleged that they were sexually assaulted by male students in a campus dorm on Sept. 14.

The allegations did not result in criminal charges, though, as Lisle police said there was insufficient evidence.

Benedictine University President William J. Carroll called the change in policy a necessary next step in the university’s pledge to ensure the safety and well-being of its student body and campus community.

“Benedictine University is grounded in the values of its founders, among which is living in community and concern for the other. Out of the utmost concern and care for our students, the university ... has agreed to immediately enact an alcohol ban in campus housing areas,” Carroll said in the release.

“With this new policy, the University seeks to be proactive in safeguarding our community and dealing with an admittedly challenging situation that many college campuses deal with – underage drinking and alcohol abuse," he added.

The release further states that violators, including those of drinking age, will face "severe penalties."

The indefinite ban is effective at the Lisle campus as well as at campuses in Springfield and Mesa, Ariz.

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