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Drinking and Drugs on the UI Campus

IOWA CITY, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28) -- The University of Iowas party school reputation is once again being put under the microscope. A new study is out taking a look at the drinking and drug use on campus, giving us further insight into a culture school officials are trying to change.

The website took crime stats from the University of Iowa Police department. The site promotes substance abuse treatment centers. They looked at more than 1,300 arrests 77% of them for drugs and alcohol. They hope to use this study to shed light on the overall issue of drinking and drugs on college campuses.

Because of its number one party school ranking - researchers thought the UI was a good place to start.

We wanted to know how did that come to be, what does it actually look like, whether it was Greek Life influencing it, whether it was students being allowed into bars, says Dan Tynski, a project manager.

They took the arrest stats from UIPD and placed them on a map, getting a visual representation of where the crimes occurred. The majority of alcohol arrests occurred around Kinnick Stadium and in the downtown area.

The majority of drug arrests occurred at residence halls. The hall with the highest number of arrests per capita was Quadrangle hall, with followed by Slater and Stanley.

In terms of the ages of the students arrested - the most frequent age for alcohol offenses was 20. For drug offenses - that age dropped to 18.

University officials say the statistics are accurate, but they don't tell the whole story. Iowa City Police stats weren't included in the report.

Because UI police don't go into apartment complexes to drug arrests, I think that might be a little misleading to say most up the drug arrests occur in residence halls, Tom Rocklin says UI VP for Student Life.

In addition, those 1,300 arrests only account for 4% of the total student body. Also, out of all the arrests, less than half were UI students.

So with all things considered, does UI really deserve that #1 party school designation? says the numbers are compelling, saying UI has a reputation worthy of inspection.

But Rocklin isn't as convinced.

We're a big school and things happen here, but most of our students are working hard and learning and doing great things, says Rocklin.

In this study, looked at 2 schools - UI and the University of Wisconsins Oshkosh campus. To read the full report, visit
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