Stanford University has banned hard alcohol at undergraduate parties and limited the size of liquor containers students are allowed to have in campus housing, university officials announced Monday.
Only beer and wine will be allowed at undergraduate university parties.
Hard alcohol will still be allowed for parties attended solely by graduate students, university officials said.
Bottles of 750 milliliters (the standard size of a wine bottle) or larger are also banned in student housing. Students will only be allowed to buy bottles of liquor that are a pint or smaller.
University spokeswoman Lisa Lapin said that the new policy will be "enforced in the same manner as our existing alcohol policies." Residential assistants (RAs) will also be asked to help enforce the ban.
The penalty for violating the bans will be administrative action meted out by the university's residence deans and OAPE, according to an FAQ from the university.
"Continued or concerning behavior may result in removal from university housing or referral to the Office of Community Standards," the FAQ states.
In an explanation posted Monday, university officials said the new rules will effectively limit the availability of alcohol for student consumption as fewer stores stock the smaller bottles than the larger ones.
"Our focus is on the high risk of the rapid consumption of hard alcohol," university officials wrote. "Our intention is not a total prohibition of a substance but rather a targeted approach that limits high-risk behavior and has the backing of empirical studies on restricting the availability of and access to alcohol."
Stanford has been under scrutiny for its campus drinking culture and its relationship to sexual assault in recent months after a student, 20-year-old Brock Turner, was convicted in March of sexually assaulting a woman outside a fraternity party last year.
The role of alcohol in the sexual assault drew scrutiny, particularly because Turner's defense cited his impairment because of heavy drinking the night of the assault.
"Being drunk I just couldn't make the best decisions and neither could she. I stupidly thought it was okay for me to do what everyone around was doing, which was drinking. I was wrong," Turner said, according to court documents.
Even prior to Turner's verdict, Stanford was looking into changing its alcohol policy. In a March 9 letter to students, posted three weeks before Turner was found guilty, university President John Hennessy and Provost John Etchemendy wrote that they were meeting to make new restrictions because of problems on campus stemming from heavy drinking.
"Alcohol, and particularly hard alcohol, is implicated in a variety of problems that continue to be present in the Stanford community," they wrote. "These include alcohol poisoning, sexual assault and relationship violence, organizational conduct problems, and academic problems."
The revised policy also includes a section advising of the particular dangers for women titled "Female Bodies and Alcohol," advising that "a woman will get drunk faster than a man consuming the same amount of alcohol."
That page also apparently included a quickly deleted section titled "alcohol affects both sexual intent and aggression" that advised women they were statistically more likely to experience sexual aggression while drinking.
Screenshots of the deleted language have drawn more criticism for the university, accusing it of blaming alcohol rather than aggressors for incidents of sexual assault. University officials did not immediately return requests for clarification of why it deleted that section of its policy.