Burning cases, student sanctions down at WVU

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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.



Dean of Students Corey Farris said the decrease is partly due to increased awareness about the possible punishments and dangers for starting fires.



More than 40 street fires were deliberately set last October following the WVU football team’s win over Texas.



The report says the number of total sanctions against students for non-academic conduct, such as assaults and vandalism, declined from 138 to 131.



Sanctions included 20 expulsions, 17 suspensions, 18 for community service and three behavior reflection papers.



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