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UNH ranks high in college arrest statistics

School officials view ranking as a sign of strong policy enforcement

Staff Writer

Published: Friday, February 14, 2014

Updated: Friday, February 14, 2014 01:02

It’s more than just a simple numbers game when trying to figure out the validity of UNH’s party school reputation.

A recently published report on named the colleges and universities in the United States that hold the highest drug and alcohol arrests based on data collected from 2009 to 2011. In the report, UNH was ranked 37 out of 50 for most on-campus drug arrests per 1,000 students and 20 out of 50 for most on-campus alcohol arrests per 1,000 students. In all, the university was ranked eight out of 20 for drug and alcohol arrests per 1,000 students.

When looking at UNH’s arrest statistics from the last three years on the UNH Police Department’s website, it is clear that these arrests make up a majority of the criminal activity on campus, providing some evidence for the findings. 

The UNH Police Department, which posts the crime statistics for the past three years on its website, recorded that between 2010 and 2012, 717 students were arrested on campus for violating liquor laws and 294 were arrested on campus for drug possession. 

These numbers, which do not include the drug and alcohol violations referred for disciplinary action during those years, are significantly higher than the other categories shown on the website. For example, during those years, only 18 individuals were charged with aggravated assault on campus.

But all of these statistics raise another question: is it simply a matter of geography? New Hampshire has, in the past, had it’s own reputation of having some of the highest drug use and alcohol consumption rates in the country.

A look at the national statistics for the region only further explains these numbers. In its 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration showed that in the New England Area alone, 56 percent of those who answered the survey reported using illicit drugs in their lifetime, with 17.6 percent saying that they had in the past year and 11.4 percent in the past month. These numbers were higher than the national averages, which were 49.6 percent, 14.9 percent and 8.8 percent, respectively.

And when it comes to drinking, the results were about the same. The 2010 SAMHSA report found that in New England, 92 percent said that they had consumed alcohol in their lifetime, with 78.3 percent saying they had in the past year and 67.8 saying they had in the past month. The national averages for these statistics were 87.5 percent, 70.4 percent, and 55.9 percent for the three categories.

And when compared to other schools in the New England area, UNH seemed to fair slightly better than some in terms of on campus drug arrests. Keene State College, for example, was number 20 out of 50 for most on-campus drug arrests per 1,000 students; the University of Connecticut was number 28 out of 50.


And when it came to drinking, UNH was one of three closely ranked New England schools in the top 50. Bridgewater State University and UMass-Amherst, both in Massachusetts, made 26 and 29 on the list. The University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh was the first in the category.


So with all these numbers, what does this mean about the overall culture of our campus? When asked, the authorities, the administrators and the students saw the report as only a small piece of the puzzle and not a serious threat.


For Paul Dean, UNH’s executive director of public safety, he saw the results as a sign of stability rather than a sign of increased alcohol and narcotic abuse on campus.


“Arrest data is not the complete picture of any community’s struggles with alcohol and other drugs,” he said. “Relatively speaking, arrest data stays consistent. There is the occasional spike based on specific events.”


For Mark Rubinstein, the vice president of student and academic services, the results were less than shocking but he does not see them as a blow against the university. Instead, they act more as a representation of how well “the underlying causes of the behavior” are being addressed in order to maintain campus safety. He holds an optimistic outlook, believing the numbers reflect a minority of students rather than the masses.


“They are accurate reports of the frequency of arrests that are made, but they do not define UNH students or this community,” he sad. “Our students do a lot of good work, academically and as members and citizens of this community.”


Anne Lawing, dean of students, only echoed these ideas.


“Are we serious about enforcing laws and policies? Yes we are,” Lawing said. “And just as serious about education and information [to prevent these behaviors].”


And for the student body, the reactions are similar; many believe that the way some students behave does not define the student body as a whole.


“Obviously a lot of it is going on during the weekend of when we have events,” Lauren Husson, a junior communications major, said. “But it’s going to happen ay any school, I don’t think we are more extreme than any of them.”

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Tue Feb 18 2014 04:18
Hey Raymond, wanna know how I know you never went to College?
Sun Feb 16 2014 17:57
In Response to Anonymous: Due to good enforcement !!!

You can tune a piano but you cant Tuna-fish!
Raymond w. Tate.

Fri Feb 14 2014 18:54
What would you expect from a State run Academia college anyway? [Synonym related namely, UNH] Kids today are clearly sent to Colleges across America to party, disrespect and act disorderly as a bunch of raging idiots who were just let out of boarding school. Seems nobody goes to school today to actually learn anything of value other than from Professors touting left wing Marxist propaganda. God forbid students learn real world ideology but love progressive corriculum. Here is my list to explain my case in point [see thesis]. 1] The ideological indoctrination that takes place at America's teacher-training colleges. 2] The prevalence of left-wing, anti-American bias in the teaching of American History. 3] African American Studies [a.k.a. Black Studies], an increasingly popular discipline rooted in the premise that black people are victimized incessantly by a culture that is racist to its core. 4] Whiteness Studies, a discipline which advances the notion that white people historically have sought to oppress nonwhites in the U.S. and elsewhere. 5] Women's Studies [a.k.a. Feminist Studies], which holds that women, by and large, are the oppressed victims of Western culture's inequities -- which are tied most closely to capitalism. 6] Peace Studies, which views the United States and capitalism as the predominant sources of international strife. 7] Social Work education programs, which are dominated by leftists who have crafted curricula designed to indoctrinate their students ideologically and politically. 8] The left's iron-clad control of the field of sociology. 9] University publishing houses, which invariably serve as platforms for the dissemination of far-left dogma. 10] the prevalence of anti-Semitism among university professors in the United States. 11] Jewish professors in the U.S. who exploit their birthright in an effort to advance the campaign of delegitimizing and demonizing Israel. 12] campus organizations, guest speakers, and campus events that promote anti-Israel, anti-Semitic, and pro-jihad themes at American colleges and universities. 13] University professors who reframe Arab aggression and terror as self-defense, and Israeli self-defense as aggression and terror. 14] why leftists are invited to speak at commencement exercises far more frequently than conservatives.

The problem is in vital need for academic freedom, where professors and students alike are permitted to think for themselves and to express their views openly in an atmosphere that encourages the exchange of ideas rather than forced conformity. You ask what is wrong with academia today and student radical indoctrination? Here is in large-part problems that easily will never render orderly conduct. Partry-on malcontent urchins! Raymond w. Tate.

Fri Feb 14 2014 12:39
Due to good enforcement !!!!......LOL!!!!.....You can't swing A DEAD FISH on campus without hitting a drunk or druggie !!!!

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