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University has alcohol program to educate students of dangers

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East Lansing police said 19-year-old Jiayi Dai was found dead in her apartment early Saturday morning.

They are now saying her death is most likely alcohol-related.

Dai was an international student from Beijing, China.

This case is another in a long list of alcohol-related deaths on college campuses.

"It's just scary," said Shanice Chandler, Central Michigan University student.

She said she knows the dangers of drinking are real. In fact, many Chippewas encourage fellow classmates to party responsibly.

"Go as a group," Chandler said.

University administrators said there are programs in place designed to let students know how much is too much.

"CMU for the past several years has offered a program called Alcohol EDU. It's an online program that's an alcohol education program. Something that all new students have to complete," said Tony Voison, associate vice president of student affairs.

He said many new students are at risk when it comes to alcohol because they are exposed to certain aspects of college life for the first time.

"By no means do we condone underage drinking. We just know that there needs to be some proper education for these students," Voison said.

Voison believes the alcohol program is working.

Chandler agrees. She said it made her aware of the risks of excessive drinking.

"It's a lot of information on there that I didn't know. I learned a lot my year that I had to take it," Chandler said.

She said she'll still party every now and then, but she won't do it alone.

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