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Fla. OKs Underage Drinking Notice

February 18, 2000

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) _ The state Board of Regents on Friday approved a policy allowing Florida’s public universities to notify parents if their underage children are caught using drugs or alcohol.

Each of the state’s 10 public campuses will develop its own notification policy, which likely will take effect in September. It will apply to students under 21 who are financial dependents of their parents.

``This is not meant to be punitive. It’s to get parents involved in the welfare of their children,″ regent Steve Uhlfelder said.

Some students said the policy smacks of paternalism.

State schools in Delaware, Massachusetts and Virginia have adopted similar policies.

Recent changes in federal law allow colleges to tell parents of violations by underage students. Before, many institutions feared they would violate privacy regulations.

The change followed several high-profile drinking deaths like those at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Louisiana State in 1997.

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