Honors Program Theses


Honors Program Thesis (UNI Access Only)

First Advisor

Richard Featherstone


College students--Alcohol use; Police reports;


This study identifies patterns of recorded alcohol violations from police reports occurring on the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) campus from 2005 to 2010. All of the data were extracted from the UNI Public Safety daily crime log posted on UNI’s Public Safety website. The data were then organized and analyzed to determine emerging trends. On average, the number of recorded alcohol violations remained fairly constant over the six year time span at about 61. Males had more reported violations than females, with about 79% of the violations involving males, and 17% involving females. However, there has been a fairly consistent increase in females being cited and/or arrested for alcohol violations over the time span examined. Echoing findings by other researchers, my analysis indicated there were more reported violations on the weekends (i.e. Friday – Sunday), and between the hours of 12:00 a.m. and 3:59 a.m. There were also more recorded alcohol violations near the bars and streets surrounding the campus. More violations also occurred in and near the residence halls compared to other campus buildings and property. The results of this study support findings from previous researchers who have examined the prevalence and trends of binge drinking on American campuses. The article concludes with some suggestions for how alcohol violations and binge drinking on the UNI campus can be reduced.

Year of Submission



Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology

University Honors Designation

A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the designation University Honors

Date Original


Object Description

34 p. : ill.



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