Campus Liquor Violations Spiked in 2010

By George Storm and Kaley Heflin, Texan News Service

Feb. 1, 2012

The Tarleton State University’s annual security report on crime statistics from 2010 shows a significant increase in liquor law violations.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or Clery Act, requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose all crime information that occur on or around their campus.

Tarleton State University’s 2010 report, issued last semester, outlines all emergency protocols, police guidelines, university sanctions and statistics.

The most notable statistic on the report shows that the amount of on-campus liquor law violations referred for disciplinary action has increased from 31 in 2008 to 53 in 2010. Police Chief Justin Williams said he believes this is a result of campus officers building a better rapport with students, faculty, and residence hall staff. Officers referred students for disciplinary action if it was their first offense.

Williams hosted a development course for all residence hall staff and residence assistants. The program centered on a better understanding of common criminal activities that occur in the residence halls, and ways to prevent them. This has led to the increase in liquor law violations, all of which were reported from the residence halls in 2010.

Williams said when he came to Tarleton, officers were more patrol oriented, keeping an eye on the campus by way of their police cruisers. He changed the department’s methods by stressing “communication and building relationships around the campus.”

On-campus burglaries are down from 32 in 2008 to seven in 2010. According to Williams, the dramatic difference is the result of a serial burglar who targeted the residence halls during the holiday break of December 2008. All but one of the burglaries of 2010 occurred in the residence halls.

There were two forcible sexual assaults on campus in 2010 and one aggravated assault. This is an increase from previous years’ totals, one sexual assault and no aggravated assault in 2008 and 2009.

Higher visibility of officers around the campus and their receptiveness to students’ questions or comments is making an impact on some students.

Tarleton State junior Nick Prikasky said, “I think it’s cool that you can just walk up to a cop and talk to them. It makes you feel safe.”

Crime stats for 2011 won’t be available until after the year ends. But a check of daily crime logs for the first months of the year shows crime is continuing to drop.

Tarleton’s bugaries dropped from 10 to 9 and sex offenses from 3 to 0. No homicides, robberies, aggravated assaults, or arson cases were reported.Liquor law and drug violations are also down from 59 to 24 and 9 to 6, respectively.

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