13% at CU failed booze course | SummitDaily.com

13% at CU failed booze course

BOULDER (AP) – Thirteen percent of freshmen who have taken a mandatory course on the dangers of alcohol have failed it at least once, University of Colorado officials said.The online course became a requirement for freshmen this fall as part of a campaign to cut down on binge drinking.”I’m not sure what it (the failure rate) means,” Bob Maust, who oversees the school’s alcohol-education efforts, said Thursday. “I want to be real careful about making generalizations.”The three-hour course covers binge drinking, violence, sexual assault and hazing and what to do if a friend is dangerously drunk. It ends with a 40-question exam.Students must get at least 80 percent right in order to register for spring classes. They were asked to complete the course before the semester began Aug. 23.More than 90 percent have logged on to start the class; 560 of the ones who finished failed at least once. Others have started the course but haven’t finished. More than 400 haven’t started it.The issue took on more urgency last week when freshman Lynn Gordon Bailey Jr., 18, of Dallas was found dead in a fraternity house.The cause of death has not been released. University officials said alcohol may have been involved, and Boulder police said Bailey and at least two dozen other fraternity members had spent the previous night drinking four bottles of whiskey, six big bottles of wine and three kegs of beer.Less than two weeks before Bailey’s death, a sophomore at Colorado State University in Fort Collins died of alcohol poisoning. A deputy coroner said Samantha Spady, 19, of Beatrice, Neb., had consumed 30 to 40 beers and vodka drinks in 11 hours. —Information from: Daily Camera, http://www.thedailycamera.com

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