NU’s Annual Security Report shows highest liquor law and drug law violations in three years

Peter Kotecki, Assistant Campus Editor

Liquor law and drug law violations were the highest in three years, according to Northwestern’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

The University released the report on Thursday. It includes statistics on reported crimes, fires and information related to the University’s safety and security efforts.

Each year, universities participating in federal student financial assistance programs are required to publish a security report by Oct. 1.

Statistics in the report cover the most recent three-year period of reported crimes. The report also includes policies on alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, reporting of crimes and sexual assault.

There were 423 referrals for disciplinary action due to liquor law violations in Evanston in 2014, an increase from 280 in 2013 and 303 in 2012. Drug law violations referred for disciplinary action were also the highest in three years — 82 in 2014, compared to 38 in 2013 and 79 in 2012.

In 2014, there were three on-campus rapes, no incest offenses and no statutory rape offenses.

In previous years, rape, sodomy, sexual assault with an object and fondling were labeled together under the “forcible sex offenses” category, while incest and statutory rape were labeled together as “non-forcible sex offenses.” 2014 was the first year the different components were shown individually in the report.

In 2013, there were eight forcible sex offenses, up from three in 2012. No non-forcible sex offenses were reported in 2012 or 2013.

No on-campus robberies were reported in 2014, compared to one in 2013 and none in 2012. For the third year in a row, there were no weapon law arrests. Two drug law arrests occurred in 2014, up from none in 2013.

The report also cited seven residential facility fires in 2014, up from two in 2013 and four in 2012.

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