Drug Enforcement Rises at Stony Brook University

University's most recent Clery Report shows an increase in drug arrests and referrals.

Stony Brook University saw drug arrests and referrals on campus rise in 2011, according to data recently released by the Stony Brook University administration.

Drug arrests nearly doubled from 2010 to 2011 and drug referrals – meaning a violation of campus policy that dictates a more educationally focused outcome rather than a punitive solution – have increased more than 50 percent in the same time frame.

"Basically that’s [due to] more of a proactive stance on marijuana use in the dorm rooms and other areas. We’ve been much more aggressive," Robert Lenahan, chief of university police, said in an interview with Patch.

The data also shows that burglaries on campus have declined for the fourth straight year, dipping under 100 for the first time since 2007. Lenahan said the decline can be attributed to a general increase in awareness on campus of protecting one's personal property. He said the decline can also be attributed to an increase in the number of security cameras on campus; the university is about 65 percent of the way through its installation of security cameras on campus.

"Our investigators have been able to utilize those cameras in a good way in terms of trying to solve current crimes," said Lenahan, who added that burglaries during the current academic year are already down about 50 percent from last year.

Liquor law arrests and referrals remained consistent with the previous year's report. Overall campus incidents in 2011 were up about 14 percent from 2010.

Crime & Violations at SBU 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 Sex Offenses – Forcible 13 0 5 4 5 Sex Offenses – Non Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 Robbery 2 3 2 6 3 Burglary 96 109 134 189 212 Aggravated Assault 2 4 3 7 2 Murder/Non-negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 Motor Vehicle Theft 7 11 7 12 9 Arson 2 7 7 3 6 Liquor Law Arrests 4 2 0 1 0 Liquor Law Referrals 205 205 463 385 226 Weapons Arrests 2 3 1 1 0 Weapons Referrals 8 7 19 17 13 Drug Arrests 49 25 19 13 6 Drug Referrals 192 127 317 173 73 Larceny-Theft* 0 0 0 - - Simple Assault* 0 1 1 - - Intimidation* 0 0 1 - - Destruction/Damage/Vandalism* 0 1 3 - - Total On-Campus Incidents 582 511 982 811 555

*Denotes a hate crime classification.

The report was released in compliance with a federal law enacted following the death of Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered at Lehigh University 25 years ago. The law requires that each year, colleges and universities must publish on-campus crime statistics.

RealTea October 09, 2012 at 10:42 AM
49 drug arrests and 4 liquor law arrests, FOR THE YEAR? They could increase those numbers by a factor of 10 on any given Thursday or Friday night at 150 Christian Ave. So now all the drinking, drugging, robbery and sexual assaults are taking place in the residential communities surrounding the campus. Somehow I don't find that reassuring.
Don't Tread on Me October 09, 2012 at 01:05 PM
150 Christian Ave is the most known problem, but these events are occurring through all our neighborhoods. I was driving on 25A on a Saturday around 5 p.m. The onslaught of students roaming around was very concerning. I am definitely suspect of this report. A few years back, my neighbor informed me of all the research department thefts at SBU, which were going unreported, due to the fact that the university police were controlling the reporting. I wonder if that is happening here as well.
Dan Elton October 10, 2012 at 03:12 AM
I'm not going to name names and point fingers, but I know at least one group of undergrads (some of whom who just graduated) who would smoke pot off campus regularly. I think pot smoking off campus isn't necessarily a problem, (in this case they weren't bothering anyone) but I can see how it could be.


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