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Crime statistics decrease as campus population increases

Despite an increase in the University’s residential population, campus crime statistics showed little change over the past year and a 33 percent decrease since 1998.

Tony Ferrara, vice president for administration, provided the Binghamton University Council with an overview of the most recent crime statistics during the council’s March 18 meeting.

The majority of reports made to campus police involve criminal mischief, larceny, disorderly conduct, harassment, trespassing and false fire alarms. While the University saw a decrease in a number of these areas, there has been an increase in larceny reports, Ferrara said, due to increases in debit/credit card thefts, which reflects national trends.

“The overall crime statistics remain very stable, but we’re still working to reduce crime in certain areas,” said President Lois B. DeFleur.

The University is also working to provide students with better information about alcohol use. Rodger Summers, vice president for student affairs, updated the council on the efforts of the University Alcohol and Drug Committee, which expects to present suggested changes to sections of the student code of conduct relating to drug and alcohol violations at the council’s April meeting.

The proposed changes work to strengthen sanctions, while providing opportunities for treatment of alcohol and drug problems.

“We believe that the changes we are going to propose are realistic, that they are fair and that they will hold students responsible for the choices they make,” Summers said.

The changes to the student code will be accompanied by new educational efforts designed to raise alcohol awareness on campus, something that students have indicated they want, Summers said. The task force is looking at an online program, AlcoholEdu, designed to educate students about alcohol. Now used for sanctions, the goal is to be able to use the program for all new students, Summers said. The University will also team up with United Health Services for “Let’s Not Meet By Accident,” an educational program designed to discourage high-risk behaviors and encourage safe driving, he said. The goal is to link the program to others already in existence on campus. The University continues to see success with its “LateNite Binghamton” program, which offers weekend entertainment and activities for students as an alternative to drinking.

“I believe we’ve gotten the word out,” Summers said. “I believe that there will still be students engaging in risky behaviors, but I believe it is our obligation to get the word out and we will continue to do so.”
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Last Updated: 10/14/08