Reports of on-campus rapes doubled from 2014 to 2015, report says

By Sydney Shaw
Editor-in-Chief

The number of rapes reported to Campus Police, both on campus and residentially, doubled from 2014 to 2015, according to the College’s 2015 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report.

The report shows that in 2014, three rapes were reported on campus and two were reported residentially. One year later, six on-campus rapes were reported to Campus Police, as well as four off-campus rapes.

The report also indicates an increase in reports of dating violence at the College. In 2014, one instance of on-campus dating violence was reported, but in 2015, that number rose to nine. Residentially, the reported number increased from one to seven.

The number of reported stalking instances, both on campus and residentially, rose from zero to two in that same time frame, according to the report.

Data courtesy of the College's 2015 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (Sydney Shaw / Editor-in-Chief)
Data courtesy of the College’s 2015 Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report (Sydney Shaw / Editor-in-Chief)

Two instances of fondling were also reported on campus last year, although statistics for previous years were not recorded.

In addition, the report shows that over the past two years, there was a drop in the number of arrests for violations of liquor law on campus. While 85 arrests were made in 2014, only 73 were made last year.

According to the report, there was also one report of aggravated assault, four reports of burglary, two reports of motor vehicle theft and one report of arson in the form of an intentionally ignited trash can.

“The Campus Security Act requires all institutions of higher education that are Title IV eligible to report their crime statistics to the Department of Education and the general public by October 1, 2016,” according to an email sent to the campus community by Police Chief John Collins on Thursday, Sept. 29, that contained a links to the online version of the report.

According to the email, paper copies of the report may be obtained through the Office of Campus Police Services, the Office of Admissions, the Office of Anti-Violence Initiatives, the Brower Student Center Information Desk, the Career Center, the Office of Human Resources, the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Department of Administrative and Environmental Services or from any campus police officer.