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included in the on-campus totals.

Source: Department of Public Safety

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CRIME
From Page 1A
explanation," Brown said.
"There was not a change in
enforcement action, and there
was not particularly a change in
tracking."
Not all individuals referred
for disciplinary action for alco-
hol or drug law violations con-
sumed substances. In most
cases, students in a group that is
confronted by Housing Security,
Residence Hall Staff, or other
officials for such activity are
referred for disciplinary action,
regardless of whether they con-
sumed alcohol or drugs.
The number of drug law vio-

lations remained essentially
unchanged with 126 drug arrests
or citations and 202 drug viola-
tions referred for disciplinary
action - both increases of less
than 5 percent from 2010. How-
ever, in comparison with the
2009 report, there were about
97 percent more drug citations
or arrests and about 162 percent
more drugviolations referred for
disciplinary action reported in
2011.
Brown said most students who
are cited or arrested. for alco-
hol, drug or weapon law viola-
tions are also referred to OSCR
for counseling and other disci-
plinary action. She added a hall
director or housing security offi-
cer holds the discretion for how

incidents in residence halls are
handled.
Looking ahead to future
reports, the new medical amnes-
ty law may complicate how alco-
hol law violations are handled.
The policy exempts intoxicated
individuals or people aiding ine-
briated friends from receiving
a Minor in Possession charge if
they contact emergency person-
nel.
Brown pointed out that stu-
dents who request amnesty are
individuals who need counsel-
ing most.
"Protocol is making sure
those students who end up going
to the hospital and requesting
amnesty still are referred for
disciplinary action so that they

can get some counseling and, or
some help," Brown said.
The report also documented
that 617 larcenies - thefts or
attempted thefts of unattended
possessions - were reported
in 2011, a decrease of about 26
percent from the 840 reported
in 2010.
Forcible sexual assault cases
also decreased from 2010, with
21 total reported to DPS, other
police agencies and non-police
in 2011.
In 2011, 44 cases of sexual
assault were reported to SAPAC,
while 50 were reported in 2010.
However, some of the SAPAC
cases may have also been
reported to police or may have
occurred before 2011 in areas

other than Ann Arbor. SAPAC
reported 11 cases of intimate
partner violence, 12 cases of
stalking and 7 incidents of sex-
ual harassment.
SAPAC is not required to
report individual cases to
police, but it does report them
in an anonymous, aggregated
chart.
SAPAC director Holly Rider-
Milkovich was not available for
comment over the weekend.
DPS spokeswoman Diane
Brown said the Department of
Education requires the Univer-
sity to make the report available
to current and prospective stu-
dents, staff and faculty, but does
not mandate that the publica-
tion be printed.
ti

"It's required to be avail-
able for distribution," Brown
said. "There's not a prescribed
method yet for whether it must
be printed."
The report is currently avail-
able online and will be available
in print at the office of Depart-
ment of Public Safety, the
Central Student Government
offices, residence halls and sev-
eral administrative offices later
in October.
Additionally, the Beyond the
Diag neighborhood program
will also distribute copies of
the reports, and many printed
editions will be distributed to
new students and parents who
attend new student orientation
next summer.

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AATA
From Page 1A
the judge would side with Cole-
man. ,
"If the First Amendment
means anything, it means that
the government cannot censor
speech just because it is contro-
versial, unpopular, or stirs peo-
ple's emotions," Korobkin wrote.
"That's what happened here."
Korobkin wrote that because
AATA receives public funding, it
is especially responsible for com-
plying with the First Amend-
ment.
"Because the AATA is a gov-
ernment agency, it has to com-
ply with the First Amendment,"
Korobkin wrote. "So once it
decides to run ads on its buses, it
cannot pick and choose between

the ads it likes and the ads it
doesn't like."
Korobkin added that the buses
have displayed ads for other con-
troversial issues before.
"It can't reject Mr. Coleman's
ad just because some people
don't like what he has to say,"
Korobkin wrote.
Korobkin noted that he thinks
Coleman should eventually be
able to place his advertisements
in the future.
"Now that the court has ruled
in favor of Mr. Coleman's First
Amendment rights, the AATA
should do the right thing and run
Mr. Coleman's ad just like it runs
hundreds of other ads," Korob-
kin said. "If it doesn't, the court
has invited further briefing on
what kind of court order should
issue."
Though Ann Arbor residents

may be disconcerted .by Cole-
man's proposed ad, Korobkin
wrote that the best response for.
people who disagree with Cole-
man's views on Israel is to simply
exercise their own freedom to
speak freely.
"Many people do not agree
with Mr. Coleman's views about
Israel, and some people find
those views deeply offensive,"
Korobkin said. "But the appro-
priate response is for those peo-
ple to use their First Amendment
rights to speak back. It is not
the government's role to censor
offensive speech."
AATA did not respond to mul-
tiple requests for comment over
the weekend.
-The Associated Press and
Daily News Editor Adam Rubenfire
contributed to this report.

SOS
From Page 1A
with the turnout at the events
on other campuses," Woodhams
said. " ... It's a great way to make
sure their voice is heard on Elec-
tion Day."
Cynthia Wilbanks, the Uni-
versity's vice president of gov-
ernment relations, said the
efforts of the Secretary of State
are indicative of the state's
ongoing emphasis on the impor-
tance of voting in November.
"The use of these mobile
offices has been effective on col-
lege campuses," Wilbanks said.
"So it's been a wonderful part-
nership, and I think we've found
everyone to be very accommo-
dating."
In addition to serving as a
convenient and practical oppor-
tunity for students and commu-
nity members to register to vote,
Wilbanks said the mobile office
particularly resonates with her
personally.
"I'm of the generation that -
had turned 18 when 18 year
olds were first given the right to
vote," Wilbanks said. "So I use
my own set of experiences going
back to 1972 at Michigan and
remembering the excitement
about being registered for the
first time and casting my vote in
the 1972 election."
She added that the mobile
office, and efforts similar to it,
are critical to promoting par-

ticipation in democracy.
"What we want to do is
encourage civic participation
and civic engagement," Wil-
banks said. "The voting process
is a very important part of what
we hope students will carry
(with them) the rest of their
lives and that's a significant
level of civic engagement."
Along with giving students a
practical opportunity to register
to vote, the mobile office helped
to promote campus organiza-
tions that are also working to
encourage student involvement
in the election, Wilbanks said.
"This visit also helps to give
visibility to the other voter reg-
istration activities that are on,
campus," Wilbanks said. "There
are lots of student organiza-
tions, like Central Student Gov-
ernment and Voice your Vote,
that are important campus-led
activities ... that are also very
much aligned with the goals of
getting as many people to reg-
ister to vote and eventually to
vote."
Rackham student Kimberly
Reyes said convenience was a
major factor in her visit to the
mobile office, and she was glad
to have the chance to take care
of multiple things at once.
"I'm a graduate student and
I'm super busy all the time,"
Reyes said. "Not only did I have
to register to vote for this elec-
tion, but I also had to renew
my license plates and take care
of life stuff, so it does help to

have it here and I can do it all at
once."
LSA senior Sarah Awad-Farid
said the proximity of the mobile
office to campus and lack of fol-
low-up procedures was particu-
larly helpful.
"I think this is a great oppor-
tunity for students to be able to
register to vote," Awad-Farid
said. "It's convenient for me, and
honestly, it's a great way to make
sure, as a student, you are exer-
cising your rights."
The face-to-face interaction
with the mobile office work-
ers was also beneficial to help
first-time voters prepare for the
election, LSA sophomore Jonah
Sementkowski said.
"The instructions online
weren't very efficient or help-
ful," Sementkowski said. "I
didn't understand what I need-
ed to do for the absentee ballot,
so it's nice that this is here."
Annette Lozon, a University
government relations associ-
ate, said the event is not only
an opportunity for students
to exercise their right to vote,
but also a reminder about the
importance of the election.
"It's one more touch point to
the community as a reminder
that an election is coming,"
Lozon said. "So maybe you
already are registered to vote
and you've got everything you
need and you're set, but it's one
more reminder about those bal-
lot proposals, to take the time to
look atthem."

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