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ERIC Number: EJ812147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 37
ISSN: ISSN-0897-5264
DUI Arrests and Academic Attrition
Thompson, Kevin M.; Richardson, Katie
Journal of College Student Development, v49 n5 p497-508 Sep-Oct 2008
A sobering 2002 study reported that over 2 million college students drove under the influence of alcohol (DUI) in 1999. Among those driving while intoxicated, approximately 1.7% or roughly 34,000 students reported being arrested on DUI charges. Regrettably, a significant proportion of the 1,400 college student deaths and 500,000 injuries are implicated in these drunk driving statistics. Even as deaths and injuries from drinking and driving have captured the attention of university officials, special interests, and the public, one consequence of drunk driving has gone unnoticed. Little has been written about the possible impact of a DUI arrest on college student attrition. This research assesses college attrition rates at 1 year and 3 years among: (a) students arrested for a DUI; (b) students cited for an alcohol-related legal infraction; and (c) non-arrested/non-cited students. This article discusses how a DUI arrest could affect attrition in multiple ways. (Contains 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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