Campus Drug Violations Up 104%

Notre Dame College had a 104 percent increase in drug violations in 2014. That’s 55 violators compared to the 27 in 2013, according to the campus police annual security repor.

Police said the increase in oversight of residence hall activity by residence life staff, combined with enhanced reporting efforts and enhanced cooperation between campus life and campus police, have allowed for greater accountability of students and their activities, especially in residence halls.

The report also shows an 8 percent increase in alcohol violations in 2014. That’s 99 compared to the 92 in 2013. And three of those 99 involved arrests. According to previous security reports, there hasn’t been any arrests due to alcohol violations since before 2009.

College police said alcohol violations that end in an arrest normally do not involve students of Notre Dame but rather visitors to campus.

In 2014 there also was one report of forcible sex offense. This is consistent with the previous year’s total.

Any sexual act directed against another person, without the consent of the victim, including instances where the victim is incapable of giving consent is considered to be a sex offense, the report states.

The annual security report also showed a 50 percent increase in dating violence. There were three cases in 2014 and two in 2013.

Stalking incidents remained steady at one case per year, the report states. Burglaries are up 33 percent, 12 instances in 2014 compared to mine in 2013.

There was a 100 percent increase in weapon violations in 2014. That’s 3 compared to the 2 in 2013.

Notre Dame prohibits firearms, dangerous weapons and knives of a certain length. This applies to all university staff, faculty, students, vendors, guests and visitors. Even those who are licensed under Ohio law cannot carry a concealed weapon on campus.

The college now has six full-time police officers, 11 part-time police officers, 20 commissioned auxiliary police officers and three student support specialists that make up the campus police force.

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