MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison officials are now requiring most students who get an alcohol-related citation to take a course on the risks of alcohol abuse.

Tom Sieger, prevention director at University Health Services, says previously the university did not have a consistent approach to dealing with alcohol-related issues.

Students will now be flagged by UW police or referred by Madison police officers.

UW-Madison Police Department says will have to pay $78 for two group sessions or $200 for two one-on-one sessions with a professional substance-abuse counselor.

That’s in addition to the cost of the ticket, which is $263.50 for a first-offense underage drinking citation.

Sieger tells the Wisconsin State Journal that he expects 800 to 1,000 students to have to participate in the program each year.

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Comments (7)
  1. something says:

    Money grab from a cash strapped school.

  2. G Dog says:

    Drunkest students in the Midwest.

  3. Brian in MPLS says:

    Partying hard in college is not always a sign of alcohol abuse and fining people who do it does nothing to help students. In fact, most people who drink underage in college become extremely productive citizens who end up having an untrusting and ill feeling toward police when they get older (because of how they were treated by police in college).

    I really wish schools and police wouldn’t ruin students’ lives by getting them involved in the cash and resource-strapped legal system where people who commit ACTUAL crimes need those resources aimed at punishing and/or helping them.

    1. Disagree says:

      They may – but don’t say laying a fine on someone won’t speed up the process for some. It sure as hell did us – tuition was painful but being extra stupid and paying more changed many of us.
      just sayin’ — you don’t speak for all. Nor prolly the majority. 😉

  4. Mark says:

    My biggest issue with this is it isn’t just reckless behavior that brings on the fines. Schools are started to fine for legal things, like smoking too. Even responsible consumption of alcohol is banned in many dorms now even if you are 21. I’m all for punishing things like smoking in non-smoking buildings and getting drunk and causing problems, but I’m tired of this idea that schools K-College own my lifestyle.

    Kids are even being punished for out of school speech on things like facebook. Sorry, when the kid goes home, that’s none of the schools business. Unless the kid is posting during class or something.

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  6. J Pao Cg says:

    Just woke up so have two hours before I have to leave for the DogTrainingclass then later I have to go to work at

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