A recent tragedy at the University of Northern Colorado has caught the attention of local college campuses. When a fraternity brother provided alcohol to a minor pledge, a tragic death occur.
Ross Higuchi, who was underage, was initiated into a fraternity and drank alcohol that 23 year old Kyle Edward Riley provided him. While drunk, Higuchi fell from a balcony that later resulted in his death. Riley was ordered to serve two years on supervised probation.
Students at Colorado Mesa University have weighed in on the recent tragedy.
Amanda Davis says, who would have the ability to provide alcohol to minors says, "It just comes down to the individual whether or not they are strong enough to either say no or letting it ruin their lives." She believes the pressure to provide alcohol to minors is definitely there.
Corrigan Conroy, also a student at CMU says, "That's all on you, You're the person contributing the alcohol to [the minors]" She continues, "I would be liable if anything happen to [them or their] family. I wouldn't want that on me- you could also get all the legal troubles.”
The legal consequences of providing alcohol to minors are large. Kate Porras, police information coordinator say, "If they do get charged with contributing to a delinquency of a minor, that's a class six felony- and that's anywhere from a year and a half in jail and up to 100,000 dollars in fines."
CMU has rules of their own to prevent tragedies such as the one at UNC from happening- on campus at least. John Marshall, Vice President for student services at Colorado Mesa University
"First and foremost. It’s a dry campus. So we lay out our values right out of the gate that its not appropriate to the college experience.”
He says CMU uses an online program called alcohol education. Students have to pay to go through the program that helps them understand what the dangers of underage drinking are.
Local law enforcement also does what it can to cut down on underage drinking through sting operations at liquor stores and restaurants..
they also do what is referred to as "party patrols" where they look for people providing alcohol to minors at parties.