Do Campus Crime Stats Mirror Abuse or Enforcement?

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Student drug and alcohol arrests at Indiana University ranked among the nation’s highest in a survey by the Chronicle of Higher Education. But campus officials say it’s because of tougher enforcement, not increased abuse, says the Indianapolis Star. Some educators say that numbers that may seem to indicate more drinking actually show which institutions are doing a better job of enforcement.

Last year, The Princeton Review named Indiana’s Bloomington campus the No. 1 “party school.”

The new numbers, in this week’s Chronicle for Higher Education, show that the campus had the second-highest number of drug-related arrests (170) and fifth-highest number of alcohol-related arrests (449) in 2001. The data are based on an analysis of campus crime statistics from 4,711 four-year and two-year colleges and universities receiving federal aid. Nationally, campus alcohol arrests were up 4.7 percent, to 27,386, and drug arrests were up 5.5 percent, to 12,048, in 2001 over 2000.


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