Posted at 5 p.m. Nov. 8, 2016

Safety director: Drinking not an issue at LCCC

Creighton

Students drinking during their college experience is a public health problem, but Laramie County Community College’s Campus Safety and Security director says alcohol is not a major issue on campus.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates 1,825 students 18-24 years old die from alcohol-related injuries. The most common death comes from motor-vehicle crashes. Around 696,000 students 18-24 years old are assaulted by another student who is under the influence of alcohol. Additionally, according to the NIAAA, around 97,000 students 18-24 years old reported they had been sexually assaulted by someone under the influence of alcohol.

“While LCCC has experienced some instances in which members of the campus community have violated legal statutes as well as college policy, we have been fortunate to have not experienced any major incidents,” said James Crosby, the Campus Safety director at LCCC. Cases involving alcohol on campus can lead to the Laramie County Sheriff’s Office making an arrest. But if the case includes a policy violation, then it may also be addressed as a disciplinary action within the college.

College alcohol consumption statistics

Prevalence of drinking:

In 2013, 59.4 percent of full-time college students ages 18–22 drank alcohol in the past month compared with 50.6 percent of other persons of the same age.

Prevalence of binge drinking: 

In 2013, 39 percent of college students ages 18–22 engaged in binge drinking (5 or more drinks on an occasion) in the past month compared with 33.4 percent of other persons of the same age.

Prevalence of heavy drinking: 

In 2013, 12.7 percent of college students ages 18–22 engaged in heavy drinking (5 or more drinks on an occasion on 5 or more occasions per month) in the past month compared with 9.3 percent of other persons of the same age.

Source

All but one of the alcohol-related incidents in the past three years on campus occurred in the Residence Hall.

According to the United States Department of Education Campus Safety and Security statistics, there were 27 alcohol-related incidents on campus in 2013. Thirteen incidents led to disciplinary action, and 14 led to an arrest. In 2014, there were 28 alcohol-related incidents, only one of which was not in student housing. Fifteen of those led to disciplinary action, and 13 led to an arrest. In 2015, there were 21 alcohol-related incidents on campus. Sixteen led to disciplinary action, while five led to arrest.

Crosby said alcohol-related incidents are decreasing because of services on campus such as LCCC’s Care Team, which is a group of staff members who assess, evaluate and respond to individuals who present unusual behavior, and events like Alcohol Awareness Week, the Alcohol Awareness RAVE and the Alcohol Awareness Community Resource Fair. He added students should contact Jill Koslosky, the dean of students and the CARE Team chair, if they are concerned about another student or need help.

According to the United States Department of Education statistics, colleges across Wyoming have had similar incidents. Casper College had an average of 2.35 arrests and 10.98 disciplinary actions for every 1,000 students enrolled in 2014. Eastern Wyoming College had 2.93 arrests and 1.17 disciplinary actions. Sheridan College had 5.03 arrests and zero disciplinary actions. Central Wyoming College had 3.36 arrests and zero disciplinary actions. The University of Wyoming had 16.22 arrests and 2.26 disciplinary actions. Western Wyoming Community College had zero arrests and 11.23 disciplinary actions. Northwest College had 10.6 arrests and 26.03 disciplinary. And, LCCC had 3.36 arrests and 3.42 disciplinary actions for every 1,000 students enrolled.

In addition to contacting Koslosky, Crosby said there are several ways students who are worried about their peers may seek help. Students can go to www.lccc.wy.edu, click the link “Report a Concern,” which is located at the bottom of the page, to fill out a form for the CARE team. There are also phone numbers on the page that can used to get in contact with the CARE Team. When the CARE Team is contacted, assistance will be provided by a member of the team including the Campus Safety director, the dean of students, the director of Residential Life, Counseling and Disability Support Services.


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