More than reflecting a failure of the unfortunate victims, this is an adult failing. With proper application of campus polices related to alcohol use, many, if not most, of these tragedies could have been avoided. Adults, with the responsibly and authority, need met their obligation to control the excesses, whether on campuses or in our communities. Unknown is the long-term harm of binge drinking on those students fortunate enough not to be included on this list.
The information supplied for each victim is a tabulation of media reports. The circumstances and causes of the tragedies are summarized within the listing with more details contained in the associated media link. Many deaths occur on campuses which are not on this list since the media reports are not clear that alcohol was a factor. If the circumstances for each omitted tragedy could be determined, this sad listing would unfortunately expand significantly.
As time passes, we do not now know who will be added to this list. We can only hope that as it grows the unfortunate victim is not one who is close to us.