By Kim Rahn
Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS) will ban alcohol sales during festivals as part of efforts to set limitations to on-campus drinking.
It is considering cutting scholarships for those who violate the guideline.
In a notice issued Monday under the names of school affairs officials and professors, the school said it will no longer permit the opening of temporary outlets selling alcohol in order to maintain an academic atmosphere.
The temporary alcohol stands are a long-lived, popular attraction during spring and autumn college festivals. Students mainly sell makgeolli or beer and some snacks, and use the proceeds for school activities or donate them to charity.
“We are announcing the move to improve the drinking culture at schools as the starting point to prevent drinking-related problems and create a healthy campus atmosphere,” the notice said.
School officials said they are also considering penalties for departments that push ahead with alcohol sales despite the ruling, such as reducing scholarships allocated to them.
The pub ban is in line with health ministry-driven law revisions, which will ban sales of alcohol and drinking on campus from as early as April.
“We’ve been discussing the issue for a long time and concluded that excessive entertainment damages academic atmosphere. The decision was made for educational purposes,” a school official said.
Students gave mixed reactions. “Campus stalls would have been fine if they had opened at proper sites located far from the library or dorms but they didn’t and it caused trouble,” said a student on HUFS Life, the school’s online community.
“I don’t understand why they insist on selling alcohol on campus, knowing that it will disturb some people. They can use a bar near the school for charity events,” he said.
But others were against the measure, saying that drinking on campus is part of college culture.
“Students have showed mixed reactions to campus pubs. It is a matter to be solved through discussion among students, and it is not right for the school authorities to decide on it unilaterally,” said Jeong Sang-hyuk, head of the students’ council which has received applications for pubs for the fall festival scheduled from Oct. 10 to 12.