The Faculty Executive Committee discussed the problem of binge drinking on campus and possible efforts to combat it in the future during its meeting Monday.
So far, no specific action has been made, but Dean said he hopes to cut binge drinking on campus in half within the next two years.
“What we are trying to do is to try to identify a set of people around campus who would have both the interests and domain expertise to be able to help with what might be done in this area,” Dean said.
Binge drinking is often defined as having five or more drinks within about two hours.
“There is a considerable number of students who are engaged in binge drinking on a fairly regular basis,” Dean said.
He said at least 30 percent of undergraduates self-reported being involved in binge drinking in the previous month.
French professor Valerie Pruvost, a committee member, said her students’ class discussions on the issue reveal that binge drinking is common as early as high school.
“I don’t think it’s just a University problem, I think we are seeing (binge drinking) at a younger age and they are starting to drink at younger ages,” she said.