Number of alcohol-related arrests decreases

The amount of alcohol-related arrests has decreased both on campus and in the residence halls. According to the Clery Compliance Information, alcohol arrests on campus have decreased since 2009. In 2009, 26 alcohol arrests were made on the Weber State University campus and 23 were made in the residence halls. The number increased to 44 on campus and 40 in the residence halls in 2010. In 2011, the most recent year of statistics, 17 arrests were made on campus and 13 in the residence halls.

When students are found drinking in the residence halls, it is usually when people hear noise coming from one of the apartments and stumble across a party. Daniel Kilcrease, the director of housing and residence life, said students will occasionally call him and say their roommates are drinking.

When students are caught drinking in the dorms, they meet with Kilcrease and the assistant director and go through a judicial process.

“Just because there is alcohol in the room doesn’t mean everyone is involved,” Kilcrease said. “We try to get their story.”

He said students can often get off with doing community service.

Residence Life has been working with campus police and the Counseling and Psychological Services Center to create events and programs to prevent drinking.

Lt. James Wagner with the campus police said students who are underage when caught drinking are given citations for unlawful consumption. Those of age are given the opportunity to comply and not continue to drink on campus, but if they continue, they receive criminal and administration sanctions.

“Excessive drinking leads to other issues along the way,” Wagner said. “They make decisions they wouldn’t if they didn’t have alcohol in their system.”

Students caught drinking on campus are often required to attend a one-on-one session with a health education coach. They are taught what alcohol does to the body and what the campus rules are on alcohol.

“When a student breaks a policy, there are consequences,” said Juliana Larsen, the clinic director of the Student Health Center. “Why not try to educate them?”

Taylor Kipp, the president of the Pi Theta Xi fraternity, said there is a stereotype that members of fraternities are drinkers.

“We tell all our members not to show up to events intoxicated,” Kipp said. “We try to obey campus rules and the rules of the university . . . A lot of our members are 21. We tell them they can go to a bar afterward; that’s fine.”

Kipp said the biggest problem the fraternity has when it hosts events is students drinking before the event and then showing up intoxicated. Security personnel are at all of the events the fraternity hosts. If any students are intoxicated and being disruptive, the security can escort them out of the building.

Kipp said the fraternity has been taking steps to promote responsible drinking. During one of the homecoming games, the fraternity hosted a booth where people could wear beer goggles that simulated being drunk. Students would then try to throw a football through a tire and go through an obstacle course.

“I don’t think anyone was able to do it,” Kipp said.