Sep 7, 2015 5:22 PM
DURHAM - The number of arrests ahead of the first week of classes hit a 5-year high at the University of New Hampshire.
A recent report by Foster's Daily Democrat said 46 arrests were made on and around the UNH campus during the week of Aug. 24 to Aug. 30.
“I am pretty surprised," said UNH student Ian Ngetuny, who puts the blame on freshmen students. “I don’t think the cops are being too harsh. It’s just they're really kinda being too dumb with what they’re doing.”
According to the Foster's report, charges varied – from drug possession to unlawful intoxication. Police officials said a lot of them were underclassmen.
“They just need to be smarter with their alcohol I guess," one student told NH1 News.
A majority of the arrests were made by local police in Durham. Less than a dozen were made by university and state police.
Most of those who face charges are UNH students, and a majority of incidents were related to alcohol.
“I feel like the cops have been taking steps to get a little less more intense. Like a little bit more forgiving I guess," said student Tyler Young, who was surprised to hear the number of arrests.
Some upperclassmen said they have some advice for those climbing the ladder.
“Just watch yourself," said Amber Skerry. "And don’t try to fit college into a week, you know? You have years to go out and party.”
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