Young people, many away from their parents or at least developing youth-centered peer groups away from adult control, have historically been the objects of broad social anxiety and moral panics
Young people in college are still attached to an institution which to some extent keeps track of them and has records of some of their behavior.
This has led to the demand for colleges to exercise further surveillance and control over students. I noticed it when the Immigration "services" was pressuring professors to report on the suspected immigration status of their students. It's clearly not colleges' jobs to be cops, INS agents, etc, and beyond that, taking on that role works directly against the actual project of education. But those who want to track and control especially the youth can't resist. More recently, the RIAA and MPAA have focused on college students as people to blame for the decline of the corporate music industry. I wrote a few months ago about their attempts to manipulate federal funding for education to enhance the corporate position. But that was just the latest in a long string of actions by various groups to intimidate college students.
Now, p2pnet has compiled some of that history. It's pretty fascinating.
(reposted from the Rock & Rap confidential mailing list:
History of RIAA battle with college students
here's the link.