Nov 042007
 
Authors: Aaron Hedge

While several reports of crime on campus have fallen in recent years according to the CSU Police Department, reports of drunk driving and underage drinking at sports events have spiked.

Reports of driving under the influence increased nearly 200 percent from 2004 to 2006-from 32 to 94 cases-and violations at Hughes Stadium have doubled since 2005, according to the CSUPD annual crime statistics report for 2006.

The CSUPD crime report shows most reports of crime on campus were down from the previous year, with some crimes dropping more than 200 percent.

The report includes incident data from reports by the CSU Police Department as well as from students, resident assistants and Housing Department officials, said Jackie Swaro, a CSUPD spokesperson.

The number of hearings where CSU’s University Hearing Officers review student violations–thereby bypassing criminal prosecution–has increased over the past two years. From 2004 to 2006, the number of hearings increased by over 150 cases–about 830 last year.

Larger enrollment numbers are to blame for increase in hearings, said Craig Chesson, director of Conflict Resolution and Student Conflict.

The CSUPD report shows that from 2004 to 2006, violations of all alcohol laws fell by almost 40 percent–from 1042 to 652 reports.

Sexual harassment cases were down from seven to none in the two years prior to 2006.

Reports of theft are down 11 percent, while the number of drug violations and alcohol overdose fell 73 percent and 60 percent respectively.

The biggest decrease was in violations of the residence hall contract, which freshmen are required to sign before living in the dorm halls. From 2004 to 2006, the number of reports fell from 327 to 89.

While the report and trend over past few years fosters optimism for CSUPD and administrators, the increase in booze-related violations tears at an old wound.

Chesson said that there is a big focus on alcohol problems on college campuses in Colorado after the CSU sophomore Samantha Spady was found dead from alcohol poisoning in the now-defunct Sigma Pi fraternity house in 2004.

The increase of reports at Hughes could be due to stricter rule enforcement during tailgating parties at events.

Tailgaters are required to wear wristbands indicating their of-age status after police implemented new regulations in 2005, which included a ban of all drinking games at the stadium and a ban on hard alcohol, according to a report by CSU’s alcohol task force in spring 2005.

Assistant News Editor Aaron Hedge can be reached at news@collegian.com.

CSU:

Sexual assault: 2004 – 1; 2005 – 0; 2006 – 2

Drug violations: 2004 – 104; 2005 – 65; 2006 – 29

Alcohol violations: 2004 – 1042; 2005 – 867; 2006 – 652

CU Boulder:

Sexual assault: 2004 – 12; 2005 – 13; 2006 – 10

Drug violations: 2004 – 52; 2005 – 67; 2006 – 92

Alcohol violations: 2004 – 304; 2005 – 298; 2006 – 380

UNC:

Sexual assault: 2004 – 10; 2005 – 6; 2006 – 6

Drug violations: 2004 – 28; 2005 – 42; 2006 – 66

Alcohol violations: 2004 – 206; 2005 – 162; 2006 – 121

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