NORTH ADAMS, Mass. (AP) _ The state Board of Higher Education today unanimously approved urging an alcohol ban on public college campuses except in designated areas or at designated events.

Each school's board of trustees now would have to approve the prohibition before it takes effect.

The vote was the culmination of a crackdown on alcohol abuse that followed two alcohol-related student deaths, one at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the other at the private Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

UMass last week also banned drinking at tailgate parties.

But Thomas Aceto, president of the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, said pushing under-age drinking off campus can cause more problems in the local communities.

The vote affects all 29 state colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

It recommends banning alcohol on public college campuses and in dormitories where any of the residents are under 21.

Licensed establishments such as on-campus pubs and limited events at which everyone was 21 or older would be allowed to serve alcohol.

Scott Krueger, a freshman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, died of alcohol poisoning. Adam G. Prentice, a junior at UMass-Amherst, was killed when he fell through the roof of a greenhouse. His blood alcohol level was higher than the legal limit for driving in the state.