RENO, Nev. (KRNV & MyNews4.com) -- UNR students head back to school today and about 40 of them are going to have to take an extra class this semester - because of underage drinking busts.
"A lot of people have just grown up with the idea that 'hey might as well drink once we're away from home or places that'll stop us from drinking,' said Jared Barrett, a junior at UNR.
More than three dozen Nevada students found out the hard way that UNR will try to stop them from drinking if they're underage.
"We partner up with the Reno Police Department, we go out and we enforce underage drinking issues," said Todd Renwick, UNR Police Services commander.
But they don't just want to catch kids in the act. UNR Assistant Dean Carol Millie says they want to stop the problem before it escalates.
"First time alcohol violation, be it a campus violation or a criminal citation, the students are assigned to the BASICS program," Millie said.
BASICS (Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention of College Students) is a University and City program to educate students about alcohol through one-on-one counseling.
"Students at this age really don't know limits at this point with alcohol," Millie said. "So we've had some challenges with some near misses with alcohol overdose."
University officials are hopeful that the big bust over the weekend will keep underage kids from making those same decisions, but the students don't seem convinced that will work and they say people just don't think drinking is a big deal. That's something the University wants to change - for the students safety and success.
"We're serious about this because we're serious about you graduating," Millie said.
The face value of a drinking citation is about $750, but completing the BASICS program can lower that cost, and officials say 95 percent of the students who complete BASICS don't have a second underage drinking violation.