URI Loosens Campus Alcohol Policy

The University of Rhode Island is loosening its restrictions on campus alcohol sales in order to help generate more revenues, reports local TV news station WPRI. New URI President David Dooley has led the school’s board of governors to overturn policies in place for the past 15 years and allow the campus dining and catering departments to have liquor service at athletic, social and fundraising events.

The first crack in the ban came in August when alcohol at tailgate parties was permitted. The following month saw the introduction of beer and wine sales in the suites at the school’s Ryan Center athletic complex, and now all types of liquor at campus receptions and parties will be permitted. The school is applying for a state liquor license to take advantage. The alcohol ban had been instituted back in the mid-90s to combat URI’s reputation as a “party school.”