Wisconsin and Minnesota lead on-campus drug & alcohol arrests


Northland's News Center is one of many midwestern news outlets reporting on the region's top spots in a newly published study of on-campus arrests for alcohol and drug abuse.

University of Minnesota-Duluth ranked seventh on a national list of arrests on campuses with more than 5,000 students.

Director of Campus Police Scott Drewlo said the result is a sign that UMD police are doing their job.

"By us aggressively and actively enforcing this, the alcohol and drug statues, we're nipping some possible problem behavior on the front end," Drewlo said. So we're not seeing the sexual assaults, the assaults, the disturbances, the disorderly conduct crimes down the road that result from poor decision making."

According to the study, UMD arrested 14 students per every one-thousand for alcohol and drug offenses in 2011.

The University of Wisconsin’s campuses in Oshkosh, Stout and La Crosse ranked Nos. 1, 2, and 3. All of those colleges had more than 20 arrests per 1,000 students.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, University of Wisconsin-Stout and University of Wisconsin-La Crosse came in first, fourth and 10th respectively in the nation’s top 20 for most alcohol arrests per 1,000 students. Combining drug and alcohol arrests, they rank 1, 2, 3; with Eau Claire and Whitewater at 17 and 18. University of Wisconsin-Madison ranked No. 18 for alcohol arrests and was not in the top 50 of drug arrests.

The Star Tribune reported that data came from the Department of Education’s Office of Postsecondary Education and counted only arrests only in dorms and other campus-owned buildings.

UMD, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State-Mankato all ranked in the top 30 for alcohol abuse.

Here are the top 10 colleges and universities for drug and alcohol arrests on campus:

1. UW-Oshkosh 22.41

2. UW-Stout 20.83

3. UW-LaCrosse 20.06

4. Westchester University 17.82

5. University of Colorado-Boulder 15.86

6. Western Illinois University 15.17

7. UMD 14.13

8. University of New Hampshire 12.41

9. University of Louisiana-Monroe 12.33

10. Florida State University 11.91

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