By Leona Dunn
Tennessee State University’s crime rate has been excessive when it comes to relatively small infractions such as drug charges and burglary on the campus. Drug possession/ equipment has been the most consistent charge in the monthly crime report with students being caught with pipes and marijuana consistently. Theft charges typically involve small personal items, such as IDs and wallets.
When it comes to violence only a few simple assault cases have been reported. Nevertheless the Dean of Students, Frank Stevenson, has addressed this issue by stating that all fighting will result in immediate dismissal. He expounds upon this policy by reasoning that college students are too old to still be solving problems through physical confrontation instead of productive verbal communication.
As for sexual crimes/problems or concerns, none have been reported this semester as of now.
Even though these events may come off as minor, the police department still urges students to be more aware and to keep up with their personal things. Also, they would like to remind students that marijuana may be regulated and allowed in some states, but it is still illegal in the state of Tennessee.