Dayton Daily News reports that drinking at the University of Dayton over a recent three year period has outpaced much larger schools in the state, raising questions about underage and excessive drinking at the Catholic school.
According to records,the University of Dayton issued more than 3,500 alcohol violations over a three-year period. Ohio University, which has nearly three times the number of students, issued 1,682 alcohol violations during the same period, 2009-2011. The number of violations at UD are consistent with similar sized Catholic schools such as Marquette and Villanova.
UD officials say that the numbers do not reflect a greater problem, but highlight the school’s efforts to control behavior.
“The number of disciplinary referrals, in comparison to the other schools, does not reflect a more serious problem at the University of Dayton,” said the university in a statement. “Rather it indicates the commitment of the university’s residence life and public safety staffs to proactively address violations and take appropriate action to hold students accountable.”
In 2011, UD launched an effort to curb alcohol use on campus. UD has invested in greater efforts in alcohol education, and has contributed money for late-night, alcohol-free programming for students.
UD also says that it’s difficult to compare statistics from different campuses because such stats are required to report only those crimes that take place on campus. Because of UD’s distinctive neighborhood student housing, 90 percent of students live in areas considered “on campus.”
Institutions with higher numbers of violations could be more strongly enforcing, said S.Daniel Carter, director of 32 National Campus Safety Initiative, “but it’s not having a significant impact on limiting the use or abuse of alcohol.”
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