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.
“It’s not like we’re retraining the RA staff,” Bradley said. “There’s alcohol present in an underage student room and there’s six people, it counts as six violations.”
Bradley said he thinks UNC is doing more to prevent underage drinking.
“I think the University has become increasingly more interested in finding ways to curtail particularly binge drinking and underage drinking,” Bradley said.
Marc Cohen, faculty adviser for UNC’s chapter of Students for Sensible Drug Policy, said underage drinking is a problem on college campuses because students are seeking to experiment and take advantage of being away from home for the first time.
“Not only is binge drinking a problem, but so are the issues associated with it: sexual assault, drinking and driving, physical injury,” he said.
DPS and the University are taking the Clery report findings seriously and are working to improve students’ safety, Young said.
“I think also it’s an ever-evolving environment and there are always new concerns,” he said.