STEVENS POINT (WAOW) -
9 University of Wisconsin campuses are on a list for having the most alcohol arrests.
One school on the list is UW-Stevens Point. The study from rehabs.com ranked schools that receive federal financial aid and have more than 5,000 students. The list ranked 50 colleges with the most on campus alcohol arrests per capita. UW-Stevens Point had 60 more alcohol arrests in 2012 than it did the year before.
"We increased our campus police from three full time officers to five, and when you have a greater increase in coverage, it translates to more arrests," said UWSP media relations director Nick Schultz.
Number one on that list was UW-La Crosse. The chancellor there says he hopes students learn something from the results.
"I would hope our students would take a look at this and say 'gee, maybe this is a little more than we should be doing' and tone it down a bit," said UW-La Crosse chancellor Joe Gow. "It's not something, I don't think, anyone of us should be proud of."
UW-Madison ranked under UW-La Crosse and UW-Stevens Point at 23. UW-Madison police say their arrests have actually gone down in recent uears from more than 1,200 alcohol related citations in 2009 to about 950 last year.
"We understand that students are going to drink. It's part of the culture here, we just want to try to instill in them that they need to do so responsibly," UW-Madison Police spokesperson Marc Lovicott said.
UW-Madison has tried to better educate students on the dangers of drinking