By Meg Scheu
August 5, 1999
University President John T. Casteen III recently released a letter to all incoming students and their parents concerning the University's new notification policy for when students abuse alcohol or violate laws concerning alcohol consumption.
"We believe that the effect [on students] will be minimal because experience this year has been that both students and organizations, fraternities for example, have taken action to reduce the number of cases in which serious hazard to health or safety occurs to implement educational programs to discourage chronic abuse," Casteen said.
Parents will be notified when "the Office of the Dean of Students receives notification from law enforcement officials that a University of Virginia student under the age of 21 has been arrested during an academic session for a drug or alcohol related violation," the parental notification policy reads.
Further, "when there is reason to believe that a student's health and well being are in jeopardy, a professional staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students will notify a parent or guardian," the policy states.
The notification policy "formalizes our current practice," Asst.