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The Blue & Gray Press | May 28, 2018

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Crime statistics made public by campus police

BY MARIAH YOUNG

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Liquor-related violations decreased to 168 administrative referrals from 2011’s 254 administrative referrals. In 2010, there were 167 liquor related administrative referrals, showing a jump in 2011.

Drug-related violations increased from eight to 27 between the 201-12 and 2012-13 years.

According to James DeLoatch, Campus Police business manager, there is no statistical data that can account for the increase in drug and alcohol activity.

While the number of reports increased over the year, the number of drug-related arrests dropped from 11 to nine incidents.

In August 2011, the University Board of Visitors (BOV) reworked the drug policy and eliminated the one-strike policy for students on campus.

The previous one-strike policy read, “Violation of these [drug] policies will result in expulsion from the university.”  The policy now states, “Students charged with violating any of these policies will be subject to judicial action.”

Sanctions of the new policy “vary depending on the type(s) and quantity of illegal drugs involved, and the nature of the violation… violations involving the apparent distribution, merchandising or manufacturing of illegal drugs, regardless of type and quantity, are likely to result in permanent expulsion from this institution.”

According to Deloatch, “Small or minute quantities are administratively referred,” which can be seen in the decrease of arrests.

In addition to the increase of drug-violation reports, there was also an increase of sexual assaults on campus. The report shows that between 2010 and 2012 the university had two to five reports.

There were no robberies this past year, but the report showed increase of burglaries on campus.

“Robberies occur when there is an instance of threat, force or intimidation on a person, while burglaries occur when a person enters into a dwelling without permission and remove items,” said DeLoatch.

The increase in burglaries can be attributed to Evan Williams, a Fredericksburg citizen arrest for multiple burglaries at the university.

“University Police charged [Williams] with one count of breaking and entering. Upon further investigation, evidence  indicated that the same individual was involved in previous recent break-ins at duPont and Virginia Halls,” according to a university press release.

Williams was arrested on the UMW campus near Pollard Hall on Jan. 25, 2013.

“Because of him hitting multiple buildings, it made our crime go up and create that spike this past year,” said DeLoatch.

The report comes from an analysis of crime reported to the Police Department. The data is collected from the Athletics Department, Title IX Coordinator’s Office, Office of Residence Life, Office of Judicial Affairs, Student Affairs, Student Activities, Psychological Services and University Health Center, according to the Security Report.