For the Cumberland Times-News
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia University is seeing a decline in malicious burning cases involving students.
An annual report by the Student Rights and Responsibilities Committee shows the number of malicious burning violations declined from 21 in the 2011-2012 academic year to nine in the past school year.
“I think it’s great,” Dean of Students Corey Farris told The Dominion Post.
Farris said that the decrease is partly due to increased awareness about the possible punishments and dangers for starting fires. Organizations have been spreading this message and the Student Government Association created a YouTube video about the issue that was shared throughout the university community.
More than 40 street fires were deliberately set last October following the WVU football team’s win over Texas.
Farris said WVU and the city of Morgantown are sharing more information about the potential for problems, such as the university notifying the city that a large event is scheduled, or the city notifying the university that a block party request has been granted.
The number of total sanctions against students for non-academic conduct, such as assaults and vandalism, declined from 138 to 131, the committee’s report said. The board also heard cases involving academic conduct such as plagiarism.