Letter to the Editor

UAA celebrates National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week Oct. 19-25. Beside a week full of interesting alcohol education programs, we have more to celebrate. Over the last two years there has been a significant decrease in violations of university alcohol policy.

From 2002 to 2006, UAA records show an average of 193 alcohol violations per academic year. In the 2006-07 and 2007-08 academic years, average violations fell 20 percent to 153 adjudications. On top of that, alcohol violations for the 2008-2009 academic year went down 67 percent compared to the same time last year.

News Briefs in the Oct. 7 issue of The Northern Light misreported that there were 262 arrests on campus at UAA for liquor law violations during 2007. In reality, there were only 139 arrests or citations. I am especially pleased to report UAA’s low recidivism rate. Over the last 10 years, 78 percent of students who have violated alcohol policy never violate it a second time.

I invite interested members of the campus community to contact me for information about alcohol, drug or other campus crime statistics. In the interim, I congratulate the UAA community on becoming a healthier campus environment, and I invite everyone to enjoy National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

Michael Votava

Assistant Director of Student Judicial Services