The Norfolk State University Police Department hosted the launch of the 2016 Virginia Buzzkill (VA Buzzkill) campaign earlier this month, a joint law enforcement agency awareness initiative to deter underage drinking, and educate everyone about the consequences of providing alcohol to underage individuals. Norfolk State University Police, along with law enforcement personnel from Christopher Newport University, Hampton University and Tidewater Community College, held a news conference Sept. 2. The event occurred in advance of the college football and tailgating seasons at many higher education institutions in the Tidewater area.
“It’s very important for students under the age of 21 to refrain from using alcohol because it is has serious consequences that could negatively impact their pursuit of an education,” said Norfolk State University Police Chief Troy Covington. “We as law enforcement professionals want our students to be safe, so we are providing them with the right information so they can make good decisions.” Covington said underage alcohol consumption by an individual can lead to loss of scholarships, financial aid, suspension and/or expulsion. But other severe consequences at some colleges and universities could include arrest, court fines and other penalties. The awareness campaign has included social media posts, radio spots and signage to provide the public with information about underage alcohol use. The hashtag for the campus initiative is #PARTYSAFEVA.
VA Buzzkill is a Virginia Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administration campaign funded by a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles highway safety grant. For more information, contact the Norfolk State University Office of Communications and Marketing at 757-823-8373.