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2011 Alcohol/Drug Stats

The College’s 2011 Clery Act stats have been published in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Most importantly, total liquor law arrests by the Hanover Police have dropped from 134 in 2010 to 40 in 2011. (In contrast, in 2009 and 2010, no students at Harvard, Columbia, Brown, and Penn were arrested for underage drinking. None.)

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This change has occurred under an agreement between the College and Chief Giaccone wherein students who are apprehended for the first time by the police for underage drinking, usually after being transported to DHMC in a highly intoxicated state, will be referred directly to the Town’s Diversion program, rather than being arrested.

Chief Giaccone informs me (in a midnight e-mail, no less) that in 2011, 78 Dartmouth students went through the Town’s Diversion program, as opposed to 90 students in 2010. The difference between 2011 and 2010 is slight — far less consequential than the change in the number of arrested students — a reflection of the number of students doing the Diversion program without being arrested.

Avoiding a formal arrest record for underage alcohol use represents some progress, but as we have noted before, graduate schools are not taken in by the maneuver. Columbia Law, as but one example, asks specifically in the Character and Fitness portion of its application if an applicant has been sent to a diversion program.

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