After Hours – Story in progress

Syracuse University was rated the number four party school in the country by Princeton Review this year.

"After Hours" is a study of the drinking culture at Syracuse University, and how their law enforcement and emergency medical services deal with the sale, use and abuse of alcohol on the university campus. This series is still in progress, but below is the work of one month spent in part with the SU Department of Public Safety riding with officers on their night shift. 

Approximately 18 percent of college students reported using false identification to purchase alcohol in a national survey. Two students leave Student's Choice Market on Marshall Street with their haul for the night. They have emptied the beer from the boxes into their backpacks – a common tactic used by underage students to smuggle alcohol into dorms.

Close to 60 percent of college students drank alcohol in the past month, and two out of 3 of them binge drank, according to a national survey. Syracuse University sophomores play drinking games in the early afternoon Saturday at the Castle Court apartment complex. This complex is a popular place for students to party, even though the property management company has reportedly banned students from doing so.

As the day-party dies down at Castle Court, students talk amongst the alcohol bottles and red solo cups. One student sits and stares as he continues to drink. In a matter of hours many will be drinking again for their night out. Syracuse University ranked number four this year in Princeton Review's "Top Party Schools." The university also walked away with number six in "Lots of Beer" and number 9 in "Lots of Hard Liquor."

About 20 percent of college students meet the DSM-5 criteria for Alcohol Use Disorder, according to a national study. Two Syracuse University students drink wine at a house party on Euclid Avenue Friday night. The party was later reported and Syracuse Police Department responded to the call.

Between the university's open for the fall 2017 semester and mid-November, 193 Syracuse students were involved in inotixcated individual reports with the Department of Public Safety, according to crime reports. Officer Phil Knittel and Officer Dayna MacMaster respond to an intoxicated freshman in the main lounge of Dellplain Hall. The incident was reported by the Residential Security Aid to the Resident Advisor on-call, Amaris Gonzalez, pictured right.

The 15-24 age group is estimated to have 113 alcohol-related deaths each year, according to the CDC. Moments after vomiting on herself, a Syracuse University freshman gags into a trash can held by Officer Dayna MacMaster – a temporary solution. EMT James Kontoules checks the patient's vitals. The patient was transferred to Crouse Hospital minutes later.


Disclaimer: "After Hours" is being created in part thanks to the cooperation of the Syracuse University Department of Public Safety, but said organization has no involvement in decisions on the scope or topic of content presented in this project.