UM launches new alcohol, drug policy

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) -- The University of Michigan is launching a new pilot program in which it will notify the parents of first-year students who repeatedly violate the school's alcohol and drug policies.

This week, two university officials sent an email announcing the effort to crack down on underage drinking and illegal drug use. The officials said they're hoping to reduce the risk of harm and increase safety.

School officials also will notify the parents of students under the age of 21 if their children have committed another violation involving an injury that requires medical attention, property damage or driving under the influence.

University of Michigan officials say other Big 10 schools have created alcohol and drug-related policies in recent years.