Concordia Lifts 125 Year Ban on Alcohol in Dorms

Concordia College is lifting its 125–year–old dry dorm policy.

The announcement comes as good news to many of the students living on the campus.

Prohibition is finally over on Concordia College’s campus.

Of course, there will be some limitations.

“We’re not talking about large parties, we’re not talking about the common areas and beer or wine being or other alcohol being available there,” says Concordia College Vice President Dr. Sue Oatey.

Along with limitations on quantity and where alcohol can be kept, students also have to be 21 or over to have alcohol in their dorm room.

“We will spend this semester working with our residential students and our student government under those parameters to develop a policy that we would implement in the spring,” says Dr. Oatey.

Although the details of the proposal haven’t been fully worked out yet, it seems like students here are pretty excited about the announcement.

Well maybe excited is a bit of an overstatement.

Everyone I talked to sounded like they were happy, but felt like this should have been the policy from the beginning.

“It’s your prerogative, do it, don’t do it. I don’t think other people should tell you not to,” says Freshman Allegra Bentrim.

“People are going to have alcohol on campus either way and if you’re over 21 I don’t think you should get in trouble for it,” says Freshman Jordan Lothert.

One student even said this new policy may help make students MORE responsible with alcohol.

“Yeah I think I would be. I think it would also help me realize it’s not that big of a deal and probably help affect like the binge drinking that happens usually on college campuses,” says Junior Tyler Eliason.

Concordia plans to have the details of the new policy released in the coming months.

The policy will go into effect in time for the coming spring term.

With this policy Concordia will be the first college in the Fargo–Moorhead area to change to wet dorms.

Maybe if the kids there prove they can be as responsible as they sound, schools like MSUM and NDSU may consider following suit.