[EDEQUITY Discussion] HEC News: N.C. University Cracks Down On

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Date: Tue Aug 01 2000 - 09:35:38 EDT

Student Drug Use
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Join Together Online 07/25/2000
N.C. University Cracks Down On Student Drug Use

East Carolina University (ECU) in Greenville, N.C., has formed a task force
to help reduce the increasing levels of students' drug use and sexual
assaults on campus, according to a July 19 press release from the

"The goal of the program is to pull everyone together and lower the risk of
sexual assault and drug usage," said Robert Morphet, counselor at the
Center for Counseling and Student Development.

The task force was organized by Vice Chancellor for Student Life Garrie
Moore after university officials noticed an increase in the number of
alcohol, substance abuse and sexual assaults from surveys completed by
students last year.

The Core Institute survey conducted every two years found that alcohol is
the most-used drug among ECU students, with 63.6 percent of students using
alcohol in the two weeks before the survey was administered.

In addition, the survey revealed that of all ECU students who binge drink,
40 percent had academic difficulty, 70 percent to 80 percent got in fights
or some type of assault, and 80 percent to 85 percent were a victim of
sexual assault, also known as 'date rape.'

The task force will be asked to implement a preventive plan that includes
monitoring East Carolina University's academic and social environment for
factors that may encourage alcohol and substance abuse, as well as sexual

"We want to implement the prevention program campus-wide," Morphet said.
"We want to change the environment of ECU and fight the problem that is
among us now."

The task force has been asked to introduce a plan by fall 2001.

Source: http://www.jointogether.org/sa/default.jtml?O=263865

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