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Number of rapes reported at Ohio 4-year public universities jumped 66 percent in 2016: See crime statistics on your campus

September 30, 2018

Number of rapes reported at Ohio 4-year public universities jumped 66 percent in 2016: See crime statistics on your campus

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Rape report numbers jumped 66 percent at Ohio four-year public colleges and universities between 2015 and 2016, according to most recent state numbers.

Two and four-year public institutions participating in federal financial aid programs are required by law to disclose crime statistics. These statistics include criminal offenses, arrests and violations for drugs and alcohol and crimes related to violence against women. 

The number of rape reports at public two-year institutions decreased. 

Another alarming increase in Ohio’s numbers: hate crimes. The number of hate crimes at public four-year universities tripled between 2015 and 2016.

This year, the auditor’s office surveyed Ohio’s 37 public two and four year colleges and universities about collecting crime statistics for the report.  

About 32 percent of the respondents said the annual report took more than 100 hours to complete. Nearly 75 percent said that collecting the data is at least “somewhat difficult.”

The report lists a lack of resources and training on gathering these statistics as a problem for public universities, along with reconciling data with the categories on the annual report. Gathering data for these reports also often requires working with off-campus law enforcement agencies. 

Though this is the most recent set of state-wide numbers compiled by the auditor’s office, universities release individual campus safety reports each year. Numbers for 2017 are generally available on each university’s website. 

Click each Northeast Ohio university’s name for more detailed statistics.

Baldwin Wallace University: 

8 rape reports, doubled from 20163 reports of fondling2 dating violence reports1 burglary 11 arrests, 209 disciplinary actions for liquor laws71 disciplinary actions, no arrests for drug laws

These numbers reflect on-campus statistics.

Case Western Reserve University:

three reported rapestwo robberies and 6 burglariesone aggravated assaultone motor vehicle theftTwo drug law arrests, 61 disciplinary referrals276 liquor law disciplinary referrals, zero arrests

Cleveland State University: 2017 data was not readily available online yet. Click here to see previous years’ data. Cleveland.com will update the statistics here once it’s obtained.

Cuyahoga Community College: 

one sexual offense report (rape and fondling statistics are grouped together) one sexual offense report related to incest or statutory rapeone reported robbery, two reported burglariesone report of domestic abuseone arrest for liquor law violation one arrest for drug abuse violation

Data was not included for liquor law or drug abuse disciplinary referrals.

John Carroll University: 2017 data was not readily available online yet. Click here to see previous years’ data. Cleveland.com will update the statistics here once it’s obtained.

Kent State University: 

12 reports of rape, three reports of fondlingthree aggravated assault reportsone report of burglary one report of arsonnine reports of dating violenceseven reports of stalking100 arrests, 105 disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations122 arrests, 13 disciplinary referrals for drug abuse violations

Notre Dame College:

11 burglaries three “forcible” sex offense reports, two non-forcibletwo stalking reports82 disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations, no arrests47 disciplinary referrals for drug law violations, no arrests

Oberlin College: 2017 data was not readily available online yet. Click here to see previous years’ data. Cleveland.com will update the statistics here once it’s obtained.

University of Akron:

two aggravated assault reportsfour burglary reportsfive motor vehicle theft reportsseven rape reportsfive reports of fondling18 reports of dating violencefour reports of stalkingsix reported arrests, 151 disciplinary referrals for liquor law violationseight reported arrests, 71 disciplinary referrals for drug law violations

See reports from other Ohio universities:

Ohio State UniversityUniversity of CincinnatiYoungstown State UniversityUniversity of ToledoMiami UniversityOhio University (not yet available online)

The reporting deadline for these statistics is Oct. 1. Cleveland.com will update this post with those statistics as they are posted.

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