Colgate University Housing Arrests

Colgate housing students are arrested far more than fraternity members


Colgate has long been embarrassed by the statistics showing that many more University housing students have been arrested than those living in fraternities.  Way more.  On a graph, fraternity arrests are barely even visible. Why?

Most of this has to do with the natural good behavior and high moral character of fraternity men.  However, not all are angels.  At times, some have given in to the temptations of drugs and alcohol during their college years. Yet they have still gone on to become successful in business, government, law enforcement, and even as court judges.

Another reason is that fraternity houses are private property.  Police have rarely been able to obtain probable cause for entry or search warrants. Or they would need to be invited by cooperative witnesses.

Most of the liquor violations happen in public, such as down town, as it is not a crime to drink at home, even under age.  Fraternity men often have ample liquor in house, and do not need to drink and drive.  Drugs are most often taken in residences, not publicly.  Too often, innocent students are arrested due to a drug using room mate.

Colgate has allowed thousands of warrants to arrest students living on University property.  This hurts their career options, even for minor drug and alcohol misdemeanors, when applying for jobs asking about any arrests, especially those involving politics, or requiring security clearance.

Non Colgate-owned arrests, barely visible on a graph

Colgate's Solution - Turn fraternity properties in to University owned properties
and obtain the power of prosecution and imprisonment over fraternity members

Campus Crime Statistics 2001-2003

Colgate-owned Property
Non Colgate-owned Property
Liquor Law Violation
Drug Law Violation
"Illegal Weapon" Possession (despite 2nd Amendment)


Students on University property are hundreds of times more likely to be arrested than students on private property.  Most of the reason for this is that fraternity men are better behaved.  Another reason is that fraternity houses are private property, where the police have limited entry, search, and seizure powers. 

Colgate University has given police access hundreds of times against its own students.  Thus, more fraternity students will get a criminal record by graduation, even for minor drug, alcohol, and victimless charges, reducing their career options before they start.  Colgate evidently wants even out the ratio of fraternity to non-fraternity men that are arrested - and made into Prisoners.