Increased vigilance in the residence halls related to liquor law violations led to an increase in student referrals for disciplinary actions and a slight decrease in liquor law arrests in 2004, West Virginia University officials say.

In 2004, WVU referred 623 students to the Office of Student Life or Residence Hall Judicial Board for liquor law violations, up from 483 referrals in 2003.

Meanwhile, liquor law arrests were 349 in 2004, compared to 356 in 2003.

The statistics are part of the WVU Department of Public Safetys annual crime report, posted online (http://www.wvu.edu/%7Efacserv/CleryStats.pdf).

I feel the increase in referrals is reflective of the hard work of WVU s residence hall staff to make our student residences more conducive to the educational mission of the University, DPS Director Bob Roberts said.Referrals also teach our students that they are accountable and responsible for their personal decisions and behaviors.

The increased referrals also reflect the Universitys overall efforts to be more proactive in enforcement, Roberts said, and the population growth of the student body.

Students referred for both alcohol and drug violations face a range of disciplinary actionsfrom counseling and community service to removal from residence halls, suspension and expulsion.

WVU issued its annual report pursuant to the federal Clery Act, which requires the nations colleges and universities to disclose information annually about crime on and around their campuses, including burglaries, robberies, arson, motor vehicle theft, aggravated assault, sex offenses, criminal homicide and hate crimes.

WVU s report goes further and also includes simple assaults, destruction of property and thefts.

Increased enforcement is resulting in more student referrals but, in the end, it is our hope that campus crime will decline as a result,Roberts said.