Randy Young, spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said penalties for students caught drinking underage have not changed, but the department has made other changes to the standards for reporting liquor violations and issuing citations.
“I think there are new safety measures which can help to enhance their safety,” he said.
Young said the citations are not all from DPS. A student who is caught drinking underage can be referred to DPS by the Department of Housing and Residential Education and other departments, he said.
There were 682 citations issued in residence halls in 2013 — more than double the number of referrals DPS got from residence halls in 2012.
Associate Director of Housing Rick Bradley said this increase is likely due to increased accuracy in reporting rather than changes in housing’s alcohol policies.
The Clery Act requires U.S. universities to report campus crime statistics annually.
“The Clery numbers now, there’s been clarification that the actual reporting is to be the number of participants involved in an alcohol incident,” Bradley said. “Better interpretation of reporting — that is leading to higher numbers.”
Bradley said the number of people in the room when someone is caught drinking underage equals the number of students cited — and people are now paying more attention to that rule when reporting.