VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Class is back in session and universities in southwest Georgia like Valdosta State are doing all they can to keep students safe on the weekends.
"Every week we have a drug and alcohol free day activity on campus we serve pizza and have a variety of topics and most of our events are on Thursday. Most of our local bars start their weekends on Thursday night so we give them some competition and create a safe environment on campus," said Mark Williams.
The university has an Office for Alcohol and Other drug eduction.
Their purpose is to address the issue of substance abuse on and off campus.
Which could now be heightened due to a new Georgia Law, no one under the age of 21 is allowed in a bar.
"Again there are exceptions I believe depending on the percentage of food they sell or if they have live entertainment. So I am curious to see after it has been in place for awhile if it has any impact on our students," said Williams.
Although, some students at VSU think the new law is a good thing!
"Some people don't know how to intake their alcohol and secondly I believe, just wait. It causes trouble sometimes when you go in and you don't know people are a certain age, things can happen," said Ronesea Styles, Class of 2020.
The school offers a credit class called K.A.R.M.A.
It is designed to teach students how to help a peer who may be struggling with substance abuse problems.
Styles said she thinks everyone can benefit from that class.
"Just to get more knowledge and understanding. I think its wise to always understand peoples aspects and hear them out and then put in your statement," said Styles.