The university released its annual Campus Security Report Monday. There was an increased number of reported rapes, but the number of liquor law violations on campus lowered again at 48 arrests, compared to last year’s 60 arrests. DN File
Campus Security Report shows rise in reports of rape and fondling
The 2018 Campus Security Report released Monday, which details statistics and information regarding crime in and around campus, shows increased numbers in reports of rape and fondling on campus.
Every year, campus security is mandated by the Clery Act to publish a yearly report of crime statistics. These statistics don’t necessarily reflect all crimes that occur on and around campus.
Reported cases of rape and fondling on campus rose in 2017 compared to the previous two years. Reports of on campus rape rose over 60 percent and reports of on campus fondling rose over 40 percent from the previous year.
Stalking, which is a crime under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), increased from six reports of on-campus stalking to 13 reports. Dating violence, another VAWA crime, decreased from eight to five on-campus reports.
Alcohol and drugs
The number of liquor law violations on campus lowered again at 48 arrests, compared to last year’s 60 arrests. However, the number of liquor law violation disciplinary referrals on-campus remained the same from 2016 to 2017 at 396.
Drug abuse arrest numbers also have been rising. There were 16 more drug abuse arrests last year on-campus compared to 2016.
In 2017, there were two reported cases of on-campus intimidation. Both of these reports are labeled as “gender” related hate crimes. There were no cases of intimidation the previous year. This also includes one case of “race” related on-campus vandalism.
Burglary and other
There were six reports of on-campus burglary in 2017, while there were only two reports in 2016 and one more report of on-campus motor vehicle theft. There were no reported cases of domestic violence, weapons offenses, robbery or arson.