Virtually all college students experience the effects of college drinking – whether they drink or not.

The problem with college drinking is not necessarily the drinking itself, but the negative consequences that result from excessive drinking.   Each year, drinking affects college students, as well as college communities, and families. The consequences of drinking include: death, assault, sexual abuse, injury, academic problems, health problems/suicide attempts and more.  As reported by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism in the report:  www.niaaa.nih.gov/alcohol

 

Most Dangerous Colleges

For many college students, their campus becomes a new home. The full hallways of young adults, the blue safety buttons and the ample staff of campus police seem to promise protection at every corner.

But colleges are not, actually, impermeable to the crimes of the real world. Despite extensive safety precautions taken by many schools, crimes do strike campuses.

The Daily Beast reviewed the U.S. Department of Education’s stats for college campuses around the nation and narrowed down the ones that are the most plagued by crime, weighting the data for campus population.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/news/most-dangerous-colleges/

 

 

Safest College Campuses 2016

 

The 2016 Safest College Campuses ranking is based on key statistics and student reviews. Top ranked colleges offer a safe and healthy environment with little or no campus crime, drugs, and alcohol usage.

See how this ranking was calculated.

 

 

Former Florida A&M students receive probation for hazing death

By Associated Press June 27, 2015 12:26 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. — State Attorney Jeff Ashton wanted to send a harsh message Friday (June 26) during the sentencing hearing of three former members of Florida A&M University Marching Band convicted in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion.

But Circuit Judge Renee A. Roche, in determining their sentences, had other considerations:

First, she said, Champion willingly participated in the ritual that ended his life that November evening in 2011.

Second, the young men convicted of manslaughter and hazing in April will have to live with felony records for the rest of their lives.

Finally, Roche said, it was important to balance their sentences against the other nine former FAMU band members charged in the case.

Most were given probation.

At the end of the day Friday, so were Aaron Golson, Benjamin McNamee and Darryl Cearnel. All received 10 years’ probation.

“The court recognizes that perhaps Mr. Champion had thoughts or philosophical objections or reservations about this conduct, but there was no evidence of that presented in this case,” Roche said prior to handing down the sentences.

“To the contrary, the evidence was that he went to the bus on his own, that he responded affirmatively when he was asked if he was sure repeatedly, and there was no external pressure for him to participate.”

Ashton asked for the minimum sentence, 9 1/2 years in prison. After the hearing, he would not comment.

Champion, 26, was killed after participating in a ritual known as Crossing Bus C, in which band members hit, kicked and punched him as he made his way down the aisle of a parked charter bus.

Champion’s parents have challenged whether their son voluntarily boarded the bus after performing in the Florida Classic game between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman University.

“There is no real documented proof,” Champion’s mother, Pam, testified in court Friday. “What you’ve heard has been said over and over and over again by the people who killed him. Check your source.”

Roche told the families she reached her decision by also weighing the fact that “the brand of felony on these young men is a substantial punishment that perhaps can never be undone.”

Members of the defendants’ families, who filled the courtroom to offer character statements on behalf of the men, broke into tears after Roche announced that none of them would be going to prison.

“I am just thankful — I am thankful for my son and the other defendants,” said McNamee’s mother, Sharri Dean-Collins. “Of course, I pray for Mrs. Champion and Mr. Champion, that they will continue to find peace. I still want us to join hands and fight [hazing] together because there is so much to be done.”

In January, Roche sentenced the accused ringleader of the ritual, 28-year-old Dante Martin, 6 1/2 years in prison after a jury trial. She gave him a harsher sentence because he orchestrated the event, she said.

Jessie Baskin, another former FAMU band member, was sentenced to nearly a year in jail. The state is appealing that sentence. Baskin has since been released from jail.

Caleb Jackson, who pleaded no contest to a manslaughter charge, has not yet been sentenced.

Washington and Lee suspends fraternity for hazing incident

By Associated Press March 12, 2015 8:45 am

Washington and Lee University has suspended a fraternity for three years following a hazing incident.

Media outlets report that Washington and Lee President Kenneth Ruscio announced the suspension of Phi Kappa Psi on Wednesday in a letter to students, faculty and staff.

Ruscio says a fraternity member used a Taser on a new member on March 5. The hazing was reported the next day through the university’s anonymous online hazing report form.

The Interfraternity Council had voted Tuesday night to suspend Phi Kappa Psi for a year and a half. Ruscio says he added another year and a half to the suspension. He called the incident “clear physical abuse.”

The Roanoke Times reported that Ruscio said in the letter “It was a specific act that occurred in a climate of intimidation that existed throughout the fraternity’s new member education program.”

The student who allegedly used the Taser has not been suspended, university spokesman Brian Eckert told The Times.