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The consequences of college students committing crimes

On Behalf of | Jun 26, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

As colleges throughout the nation gear up for another school year, those about to start their new academic pursuits are also preparing for a life-altering experience. Many of these soon-to-be students will be away from home and on their own for the first time in their lives.

With independence comes temptation that leads to bad behavior and serious mistakes that can go beyond the traditional hazing that often occurs. So-called harmless actions can become harmful.

Common campus crimes

Drinking violations are among the more common crimes college students commit, ranging from supplying alcohol to minors to drunk driving, which can result in vehicular homicide. Similarly, drug possession and distribution can carry the same consequences that ruin a collegiate career.

Being under the influence of alcohol or narcotics can also impair judgment, resulting in criminal accusations of disorderly conduct, sexual assault, and theft.

More serious offenses

A 2020 National Center for Education Statistics study reveals that forcible sex offenses increased to more than 10,000 offenses, while other types of criminal incidences on college campuses decreased from 41,600 to 28,900, a 31 percent reduction.

More troubling data saw 958 hate crimes reported on campuses in 2017. Criminal behavior took the form of vandalism, destruction, and overall damage (437) and intimidation (385). Motivating these crimes were those targeting fellow students for race, religion, and sexual orientation.

Regardless of the crime or its severity, young people who are accused or convicted are at risk of losing their scholarships, student housing, scholarships, and financial aid. More serious criminal behavior can lead to expulsion from their respective academic institutions.

While colleges are places of higher learning, many students find themselves on the wrong side of academic policies and state and federal laws, whether it involves minor crimes or more serious allegations.