UCPD targets Cal students at football games with breathalyzer tests

I would like for once to see an upbeat, happy story about this team.

Unfortunate academics. Unfortunate off-the-field incidents. Unfortunate injuries. Unfortunate youth. Unfortunate season.

Let's add unfortunate police policy, shall we?

Apparently the UCPD has been enforcing some pretty strict policies that are probably discouraging what already has to be a pretty discouraged student body from attending games.

More on the policy here.

Football Game Student entrance gate enforcementis conducted by UCPD. Officers are primarily enforcing the Campus Student Conduct Code, though they may also cite/arrest for city and state violations if the situation warrants it. For example, public drunkenness, regardless of age, can lead to arrest and jail. UCPD officers monitor for underage or excessive alcohol use as evidenced by observable signs and behaviors after students enter the ticket gates, i.e. motor skills, walking, skin flush, eyes, and, if contacted, how the student participates in that interaction. Officers breathalyze students to establish a general quantity of alcohol use for the purpose of awareness. Because it is not for legal purposes, students can refuse to blow into the breathalyzer regardless of age. Underage drinking is an automatic UCPD citation and entry to the game denied. Football Game citations are shared with Student Conduct. Students must contact the Student Conduct office within a certain period of time and make an appointment to meet with a campus conduct officer. At the meeting, the case will be reviewed and sanctions, which typically include a $100 fine, will be determined.

So that's wonderful. If you get caught with any blood alcohol content and you're under the age of 21, you are not only subject to a fine and denied access, but also get a permanent citation. That's a great way to discourage a significant portion of the student body from showing up who might have had one or two drinks before the game--the risk is just too high for any student to want to try and attend the game. It really showed the last two weeks with pretty late turnout against Arizona and USC.

I don't think the coaching staff will be thrilled by its campus security forces pursuing a policy that keeps the student body from attending its football games. I hope that the athletic department has been working hard to put an end to this procedure. Unfortunately, now that the story is starting to attract media attention, it might be harder to work back enforcement.

I mean, if this isn't a season when you can watch Cal games inebriated, then when is it?

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