The sheriff’s office has visited campus multiple times this semester. The police were called on at least three separate occasions.
The first call resulted in the arrest of college alum Ian Isaac. Isaac was arrested at 3:10 a.m. on September 4 and charged with trespassing and two counts of second-degree assault.
The arrest came after Isaac was issued a notice not to trespass on College property by public safety at 12:20 a.m. the same day. Isaac went to the Green Door and then returned to campus, where he began a fight. Public safety notified the sheriff’s office, and Isaac was arrested upon their arrival.
The police were also called for a hit and run and once for a disagreement between students.
“We’re in a close working relationship with the deputies,” said public safety officer Sergeant Tony Brooks. Police officers also visited campus to present public safety with brochures aimed at preventing the use of fake IDs and because, “they got some intelligence in regards to Kegs for Kids… [and] the slip and slide,” said Santiago.
The police were concerned that the hosts of Kegs for Kids, students who live in an off campus house, would be providing alcohol to students under 21.
The police presence on campus has been heavier than normal, said Brooks, and public safety has had to deal with more than the usual number of problems as well. “I think a lot of [students] feel that Public Safety can’t do much or that they aren’t going to do much. [Public safety] Officers called and told me they think it’s going to be a rough year.”
The number of hospital visits has also been out of the ordinary. According to the new chief of public safety, Christopher Santiago, public safety had to call five ambulances for students because of alcohol related incidents. Six additional students went to the hospital for various other medical reasons.
However, Santiago said that the number of alcohol referrals dropped from 2007 to 2008. In 2007 there were 179 referrals, while in 2008 there were 122. “If you look at the previous two calendar years…we had no alcohol arrests, both on campus and on public property.”
Santiago is under no illusions about the alcohol consumption on college campuses. “The reality is that you’re here in college to learn, and is drinking part of the learning process? Absolutely. You’re going to pay the price if necessary – and you will go forward in your life with a better understanding of what it is, what it’s about, and what can happen.”