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Rapes down at WSU while drug and alcohol violations nearly double

The number of rapes reported on campus at Wright State University declined in 2016 while alcohol and drug offenses both nearly doubled, according to the university’s annual crime and safety report released last week.

Wright State’s federally mandated campus security and fire safety report states two rapes were reported on campus in 2016, down from five in 2015 and 12 in 2014. This news organization has reached out to Wright State for comment on the annual report.

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Experts have noted an increase in reported sexual assaults could mean more sexual violence, but it also could mean that more assaults are being reported to law enforcement. Sexual assaults generally are under-reported, advocates say, so an increase in reporting could mean more victims are comfortable coming forward.

Campus sexual assault has drawn increased public scrutiny over the last few years, thanks in part to high-profile cases such as Brock Turner of Bellbrook and because the Trump administration recently rolled back Obama-era guidelines on how schools should handle allegations.

The annual report — mandated under the federal Clery Act — lists student education and prevention programs that have grown at many schools in recent years. The report is not comprehensive, though, as it includes only crimes that allegedly occurred on campus, not in landlord-owned student housing.

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The report also lists arrests and disciplinary referrals made by the school for drug and alcohol violations. Both alcohol and drug violations at WSU jumped dramatically last year.

There were two liquor law arrests on campus and 157 violations referred for disciplinary action, according to the report. That’s up from just one arrest in 2015 and 83 disciplinary referrals the same year.

In 2016, there were 16 drug-related arrests at Wright State, down from 17 in 2015. Wright State had 119 drug violations last year referred for disciplinary action, up from 47 in 2015.

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