WRITER: GEORGE MCCRORY
CONTACT: UI FACULTY SENATE
604 Jefferson Building
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0012; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 31, 2002
Task Force Formed On Undergraduate Arrest Rates At UI
University of Iowa Faculty Senate President Jeffrey Cox and University of
Iowa Student Government President Nick Herbold have announced the appointment
of a joint Faculty-Student Task Force on Undergraduate Arrest Rates.
Faculty and student concern with undergraduate arrest rates was heightened
last spring by press reports that more than more 10 percent of male undergraduates
were arrested each year between 1997 and 2001, and that the University of
Iowa led the nation in on-campus drug arrests in 2001.
The committee has been asked to gather reliable and systematic data about
student arrest and citation rates at the University of Iowa, other Iowa campuses
and comparable campuses nationally, with particular focus on alcohol- and
drug-related incidences. It will also gather information about legal aid available
to Iowa students and examine consequences of student arrests at Iowa for individuals,
the campus, the community, and other relevant constituencies. The committee
will explore experiences with and ideas for alternative strategies to arrests
and examine other related issues the committee deems appropriate. The committee
will report its findings to the Faculty Senate by early April 2003.
Judy Polumbaum, associate professor, journalism and mass communication,
will chair the task force. She will be joined by faculty John B. Whiston,
clinical professor of law and Legal Clinic supervisor in the College of Law,
and Warren Piette, professor in the department of dermatology at the Roy J.
and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. Student members are: Rachel E Kolen,
a music/journalism major from Iowa City; Matt Blizek vice president of UI
Student Government and a political science major from Centerville, Iowa; and
Gillian Rosenberg, a political science/ journalism major from Winnetka, Ill.
For more information, contact the Faculty Senate office at (319) 335-0617