Students who become victims of crime at college are often under the influence of alcohol or the offender is intoxicated and inhibitions may be less then what they would be if sober. Researchers estimate that each year: 1,825 college students between the ages of 18 and 24 die from alcohol-related unintentional injuries, including motor-vehicle crashes. 696,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are assaulted by another student who has been drinking.

In the past few weeks, area hospitals around Miami University (Ohio) saw an increase in emergency room visits due to high intoxication levels.

From Feb. 9 to Feb. 12, 21 college-aged people were transported to McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital-TriHealth for alcohol-related reasons, according to Oxford Fire Chief John Detherage.

“It is a lot,” Detherage told this news outlet. “The previous weekend we had eight in about the same time frame.”

Reports indicate 17 of those hospitalized were female students, and all but two were underage.

College officials attribute the rise to a “Good Samaritan” policy that allows students who themselves may be impaired to report other students they believe are in danger. Students reporting on classmates can do so without suffering administrative repercussions or punishment for their intoxication.

Miami University suffered the loss of a student in January. Erica Buschick, 18, of Gurnee, Ill, was a first-year student studying special education. She was found dead on Jan. 20 by her roommate at the Morris Hall on South Maple Street.