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UMD Rankings for Drug and Alcohol Arrests

Updated: 02/05/2014 11:02 PM
Created: 02/05/2014 4:37 PM WDIO.com

Partying is a rite of passage for many young people in college. And according to a report done by Rehabs.com, students at UMD are getting arrested for drugs and alcohol more than many other colleges in the country.

For alcohol arrests, UMD ranked 12th. For drug arrests, the school was 39th. However, arrests don't mean the person was handcuffed and taken to jail. He or she might have gotten a citation.

Some students we spoke to at UMD on Wednesday were surprised. "I figured we were like any other college, like the U.  It happens at every school," said David Palmer, a junior. 

Seyha Saumweber, also a junior, agreed. "When I was a freshmen, I knew they were breaking up dorm parties. But I'm a little surprised we ranked really high. I didn't expect that. It's college, students do this."

UMD Police were not surprised by the numbers, which were gathered from 2011 data. Their numbers show that there were 253 liquor arrests, and 68 drug arrests on campus that year. 

Lt. Sean Huls explained, "Our job is to make sure we provide a safe and welcoming campus for everyone. And what those high numbers tell me, high drug and alcohol arrest numbers show that we're doing our job."

They are seeing the numbers actually decrease over the past few years.

Plus he said that the report doesn't tell the whole story. "A lot of violent crimes are associated with drugs and alcohol. By aggressively enforcing drug and alcohol laws, we believe we're maintaining a safe campus by keeping violent crimes down."

Amanda Elder said,"It's good to know there's a police presence around. If you don't want to be caught, you shouldn't be doing that type of stuff. I feel safer there are cops around to help us out."

Other Minnesota and Wisconsin schools also made the list, including Mankato State, St. Cloud, and UW-Eau Claire and UW-Oshkosh.

Here's a link to the report:

http://www.rehabs.com/explore/drugs-on-campus/#.UvJbEveA2M8

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