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Annual crime report shows steep increase in reported drug violations at USC

On-campus drug violations reports rose dramatically last year, according to the university’s 2015 Annual Security Report released earlier this month.

In 2014, the most recent year for which data is available, 129 cases of university disciplinary action were drug violations, up from a mere 44 in 2013 — almost a 300 percent increase.

There were 801 cases of disciplinary actions taken against those violating liquor laws on campus, with 718 of those occurring in campus residence halls. Additionally, of the 129 violations involving drugs on campus in 2014, 124 of those cases took place in residence halls.

Instances of burglary in residence halls stayed constant with 2013 incidences, with three reported cases. There were 62 reported cases when the security report began gathering data in 2011.

Additionally, vehicle thefts nearly doubled in during that time period, from 32 to 60.

A total 110 arrests were made at residence halls in the past year, up from 77 in 2013. Unlike other recent years, however, no arrests in residence halls in 2014 resulted from weapons possessions — there were six instances of violations due to illegal weapons possessions in 2013. The vast majority of arrests consisted of drug and alcohol violations.

The report, mandated by the federal government under the Jeanne Cleary Act, shows information and statistics gathered during the 2014 calendar year. The University's Division of Law Enforcement and Safety (DLES) compiles the majority of the data used in the report. The university uses the report as an effort to ensure safety for current and future Carolina students.


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