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FAIRMONT -

Statistics say all college students experience the effects of drugs and alcohol, whether they use it or not.

The problem with college drinking is not necessarily the use itself but the negative consequences that can come from it.

Fairmont State University is a dry campus but still sees its fair share of violations over the years.

"I think the drinking has really become an issue. Not that it's not being monitored, but people are finding it more accessible," said Aeriall Daniel, FSU student.

Fairmont State University may be a small campus but that doesn't mean it doesn't see its fair share of crime. In fact, in 2012 alone the campus saw 48 violations of liquor laws.

"We do have a drug and alcohol free campus. Folks who live in student housing are obviously prohibited from having those types of substances," said Jack Clayton, Chief of Police at FSU.

In order to make sure students are following the rules, Campus Police conduct random drug sweeps, like they did Wednesday night.

"This is just a tool to use to reinforce the fact that we do check and there are tools available to ensure that there is compliance. If not, to hold those accountable that violate those policies," Chief Clayton said.

Campus police worked with local law enforcement during the drug sweep and found drugs in student's dorm rooms.

"We found evidence of primarily marijuana which is unfortunately a relatively common drug on campuses. We took appropriate action," Chief Clayton said.

Fairmont State University is required to release the annual campus security and fire safety report to the public.

It provides campus crime, fire, and safety statistics from 2010 to 2012.

"It has 63 policy statements in it letting you know how to do anything like report a crime to where to report a crime. Policies and things you can have in the dorms and not in the dorms," said Matt Swain, deputy chief of police and clery coordinator. "Policies on alcohol, drugs, weapons, things of that nature are all combined in there."

Campus police officers said the numbers are up and they have been taking stricter action through the new judicial referral program on campus.

"They get a ticket, but its a campus ticket," Swain said. "So they have to go to a judicial hearing board, talk to a hearing officer and they will point them in the right direction. Whether that would be probation or a fine. Basically give them a chance to fix their wrong."

Some students believe drug sweeps are a good idea on college campuses and can help reduce statistics.

"For kids to know that that can happen, I think really gives them that spook," Daniels said. "It gives them the reassurance to those that don't do it and those that do it, it's not allowed."

Students who violate the campus laws will be subject to a citation.