Educators are realists and are not expecting campuses to be dry, but they want to give students and their parents more tools.
Any given night on college campuses across the state, alcohol is being snuck into dorm rooms and underage co-eds are attending house parties. "Poor decisions can lead to pretty serious outcomes," Department of Health Deputy Commissioner Barbara Cimaglio said.
Skipping class because of a hangover can lead to delayed graduation and impaired judgment can lead to crimes being committed. "With high risk drinking there are often unwanted sexual assaults," Deputy Commissioner Cimaglio said.
Wednesday 14 schools came together to strategize and talk about ways to reduce underage drinking.
A recent study shows that more than half of Vermont students admitted to drinking five or more drinks at a time.
"We do have hospitalizations for alcohol poisoning. It scares us, it absolutely scares us - we don't want to lose a student," Jodi Clark said, of Marlboro State College.
Educators hope students will utilize the many resources available - before a lifelong problem is developed.
If caught drinking at Marlboro State College, you pay a fine but if the problem persists, there's an assessment at the health center.
"What we want for students is an excellent academic experience and an excellent extracurricular experience," Jon Porter said, of the University of Vermont.. At UVM, even though students are technically adults - the parents are called, and before high risk weekends - like homecoming or Halloween, an email is sent to parents and students to get the conversation started.
"In this economy and as important as a degree is, anything that could derail their students experience is really something they want to help prevent," David Bergh said, of Johnson State College.
Now this is nationwide, but more than 1,800 college students die from alcohol related accidents every year - and nearly 600,000 are injured while drunk. Educators hope what they learned today can decrease some of those sobering statistics.