Drug arrests on college campuses jumped by almost 18 percent in 1995, the
fourth consecutive year with a double-digit increase. Arrests for alcohol
violations rose almost 1 percent.
Chronicle of Higher Education
survey found that, except for sex
offenses, the incidence of other crimes dropped in 1995, in line with national
Experts on campus crime suggest that the 6,797 drug arrests and 15,208 arrests
for alcohol violations in 1995 may tell more about enforcement than they tell
about actual use of alcoholic beverages.
Recent studies have shown a modest increase in the use of drugs and alcohol at
Police officials on a number of campuses say they are paying more attention to
dormitories, where students who do not use drugs are apparently becoming less
tolerant of neighbors who do.
Most of the drug arrests, according to several police officials, are for
offenses involving marijuana. However, some of those officials added that the
use of LSD and cocaine among students seemed to be rising slightly.
The arrest numbers also include people visiting college campuses for parties,
concerts and athletics events, as well as automobile drivers just passing
through on city streets.
: The Chronicle of Higher Education,
This item appeared in the News section of the April 4, 1997 issue.