More than 1,700 college students reportedly die every year from alcohol-related injuries, and higher-education officials are hoping to trim that number with online alcohol awareness courses that inform and test students on the adverse effects of excess drinking.

The University of Kansas is one of the latest schools to require its students to complete a web-based, interactive lesson on alcohol's effects on the body. The requirement--designed for students 22 and younger--was announced in August, five months after two alcohol-related student deaths at the Lawrence, Kansas, campus.

The university also changed its reporting policy--now telling parents when a student commits a second alcohol...

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