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College Public Safety’s 2010 Security and Fire Safety Report, which appeared in the Oct. 10 issue of The Linfield Review, revealed an increase in alcohol and drug violations and sexual assault offenses from 2008.
The majority of alcohol and drug violations happen in residence halls.
However, sexual assaults are harder to pinpoint because they are anonymously reported. Even so, “the highest reportable rates have been at the fraternities,” Robert Cepeda, chief of CPS, said in an email.
There are several factors that have led to increases in alcohol and drug violations and sexual assaults on campus.
The first is that this is the largest number of first year students Linfield has had since the last Security and Fire Safety Report, and first-year students typically have more alcohol violations.
As for drugs, marijuana use has increased on college campuses nation- wide, Cepeda said.
The increase in sexual assaults can be attributed to “better awareness of anonymous report forms and better education of students from CATS and CATS Booster Sessions,” Cepeda said.
To lower these numbers, the school will “continue education, prevention efforts around alcohol, drug use and sexual misconduct,” Cepeda said.
Although these issues have become more prominent on Linfield’s campus, they are problems that affect colleges and universities across the nation.
“According to a study conducted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, [it] found 17.4 million Americans were using marijuana in 2010, up from 14.4 million users in 2007,” Cepeda said. “Marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 25 was found most responsible for the rise. Drug use among college-aged students has jumped from 19.6 percent in 2008 to 21.5 percent in 2010.”
Cepeda said that when a policy violation occurs, the report is “sent through the College Conduct Process found in the Student Code of Conduct.”
“While any increase in policy violations are concerning, given the factors that lead to the increases, they are understandable.
“The college will continue to work with students to provide education, alternative programming and enforcement to help reduce these violations,” Cepeda said.
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Linfield College’s 2010 Security and Fire Safety Report was released. Among other things, the report showed an increase in liquor law violations and both forcible and non-forcible sexual offenses on campus.
The report included the statistics from 2008 to 2010 and links to institutional policies concerning campus security.
The crime statistic concerns the reported crimes that occurred on-campus, in off-campus buildings
It also covered property owned or controlled by the college or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campuses.
In the McMinnville Campus, there was no report on criminal homicide, robbery and aggravated assault, arrests or referrals for disciplining on weapons violations last year.
For burglary, the report cases were reduced to zero last year from 2008’s 15 cases on and off-campuses.
However, there is a slight increase in the cases of arrests for liquor law violation.
As for drug violation, larson and motor vehicle theft categories, reported cases re-appeared last year after having no record in 2009.
It also showed an increase in both forcible ad non-forcible sexual offenses on campus, with six out of 11 incidences happening in residence halls, though there is a drop in non-campus property.
The cases of referrals for discipline for liquor law violations and drug violations also surged on campus, especially in residence halls.
For the Portland Campus, the number of reported cases in all categories is significantly smaller, with one forcible sex offense and motor vehicle theft in public property as well as two on-campus burglaries.
For the adult degree program, there was no report on crime at all.
The report also covered the methods of reporting incidents and emergencies, misconduct and missing persons.
It outlined the college’s system of notifying and being notified of emergencies.
It also contained a brochure on how to respond to emergencies.
The report was prepared by the college’s College Public Safety (CPS).
Along with CPS’s work, other organizations collaborated to create the report.
This included local law enforcement agencies, the Office of Student Affairs and the Office of Environmental Health and Safety.
For more information or the full version of the report, go to www.linfield.edu/college-public-safety/annual-report.html or by contacting CPS at (503)-883-7233.
Cassie Wong/Staff writer
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