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Marijuana violations up at UW-Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- UW-Eau Claire continues to address underage drinking -- but there's another concern that also has the school's attention.

On Monday, a coalition of university and community members met to talk about drug and alcohol use among college students.  The Associate Director of Housing and Residence says the university has been very proactive addressing underage drinking but the school also has concerns about marijuana use. The number in marijuana violations in residence halls has almost doubled.  The university issued 43 violations last fall compared to 24 violations in the fall of 2011. 

The number of alcohol violations in residence halls is also up.  The coalition says it has seen some positives, for example, the number of alcohol-related tickets given by Eau Claire Police for things like disorderly conduct is down over the past few years.

"It's an issue for health and safety and academic success and retention so its something the university has always worked on. I think in 2005 the efforts became more coordinated and shortly thereafter the Bridge Coalition started meeting and I think since that time we have seen some additional decreases and some of the measures we look at around student drinking," explains Director of the Center for Alcohol Studies and Education, Peggy O'Halloran.  

Seventy-nine percent of UW-Eau Claire students say they take part in drinking compared to 69 percent of college students nationally.

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