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Beginning today, Rochester Institute of Technology is banning the use of alcohol in all residence halls.

The move comes after last month's deaths of two students who had been drinking on Massachusetts campuses -- one collapsed from alcohol poisoning, the other fell through a greenhouse roof.

RIT, which has 13,000 full-time and part-time students, said it is one of the first of the larger universities in New York State to impose an alcohol ban.

Campus security at the Rochester school will step up efforts to enforce the temporary alcohol ban, and school officials and students will get together to create a permanent policy, said school President Albert Simone.

"My concern is for the safety of the students at RIT," Simone said in today's Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. "I'm not talking about saying 'no drinking.' I'm talking about responsible drinking."

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