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Study: UW-L ranks high for alcohol, drug arrests

Study: UW-L ranks high for alcohol, drug arrests

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - It's not the high marks UW-La Crosse is looking to earn.

A new study ranks the university number three in the country for the percentage of students arrested for alcohol and drugs.

The researcher from the website "rehabs.com" looked at information from the federal government's office of post secondary education.

UW-L's chancellor says it might not be that it's more of a problem here, rather police are more actively enforcing the law. "I don't think our issues here, and we do have them, are any worse than they are anywhere else. You know, this is just a problem that's common on college campuses through the nation, and it looks like we here in the La Crosse and Wisconsin are taking it very seriously and arresting people who break the law," said Chancellor Joe Gow.

A student leader agrees, saying the numbers are discouraging and a bad representation of the university. "I think that it stigmatizes UW-L as a school that isn't educating its students on these issues, and I think that's not so much the case," said the UW-L Student Association Vice President Riley Carlstrand.

Five UW System schools made the top 20 including UW-Oshkosh and UW-Stout at one and two.

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