UMass/Amherst: the flagship of higher education
When I first started shining a spotlight on rowdy student behavior a few years ago, I never thought the day would dawn where a dramatic decrease in such bad behavior would become a "dog bites man" kind of news story.
But here we are, thankfully.
UMass released on Friday the box scores for this past fall's violations of the student code of conduct (now that it applies to off campus activities) and it was down a whopping 63%.
No surprise really since I published the Amherst Police Department noise/nuisance tickets and arrests back in late November showing they were down dramatically. And the feeder system so to speak for the Dean of Students is APD, as every negative interaction is reported to their office.
But I still find some of the statistics interesting. Out of the 107 students reported to the Dean's office only one was expelled, probably this guy. (Assaulting and calling a black police officer the N-word will do that.)
Another not at all surprising, but still notable when you see it as a stark statistic: 80% of the 107 student offenders were males. Why is that? Is it a testosterone thing where men are more naturally inclined to bad behavior?
Of course the other statistic UMass doesn't show is the involvement of alcohol in all of these sordid situations, which if I had to guess approaches 100%. Perhaps alcohol and testosterone make for a bad mix.
Speaking of which, another notable statistic, one that UMass will not tell you about, is reported rapes plummeted from 22 in 2013 all the way down to six in 2014.
In his inauguration speech on Wednesday, Northwestern District Attorney Dave Sullivan credited UMass with helping to develop materials now used nationwide to address sexual assaults on campus.
That too is something to widely acknowledge.