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Report Ranks SDSU 14th for Alcohol-Related Arrests

February 7, 2014, 5:15 PM by Brady Mallory

Report Ranks SDSU 14th for Alcohol-Related Arrests

When you ask South Dakota State University sophomore Rachel Price to define her campus, this is what she will tell you.

"It's an amazing place and a great environment," Price said.

That is why she is unfazed when it comes to how The Drugs on Campus report ranks the university. 

A new study compares drug and alcohol arrests in residents halls and campus-owned buildings. The Drugs on Campus report ranks SDSU number 14 for alcohol-related arrests.  South Dakota as a state ranks 7th in the nation for drug arrests on campus.  Statistics from 2011 show the state has a little more than one arrest for every thousand students.  When it comes to alcohol arrests on campus, South Dakota ranks 4th with a little more than 6 arrests for every thousand people.

"In terms of alcohol use, I don't think we're any more extreme than any other college in South Dakota or the Midwest for that matter," Price said.

"Overall, there's so much more to SDSU than meets the eye, compared to a stupid number you'll see online because of a ranking someone gave us.  I don't care what college you go to, you're going to see the same problems," Elliot Johnson, SDSU freshman, said.

If you look closely at the report, it is unclear whether the numbers count alcohol citations as arrests.

"I don't worry about numbers like that, if I feel like we are in a place that what it's showing is SDSU has an intervention stance that we do want to be involved in students' lives," Doug Wermedal, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, said.

Wermedal said the campus has a number of resources and counseling for students who feel they are struggling with alcohol abuse, drugs or any other issue.

"It's not just the things they experience in high school where someone is wagging a finger, saying don't drink.  It's really substantial training," Wermedal said.

"I don't think we should be characterized as a campus that is an alcoholic campus.  Because that by no means-- it's not true at all.

Here's a link to drug and alcohol campus arrests:

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