University of Oregon releases 2013 Clery Act Report

The number of reported sexual assaults at the University of Oregon are down by half. Arson rates have more than tripled. Burglary rates have also dropped.

These statistics are according to the annual Security and Fire Safety Report released by the UO on Wednesday.

The report is a federally mandated wrap up of campus crime over the last year, required in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, which regulates all universities receiving public funds.

This year’s report included expansions made by President Barack Obama’s reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act last March. Under the reauthorization, Clery Act-abiding schools must expand statistics to include dating violence, domestic abuse and stalking. Reports must also include survivor resources like hotlines and support groups.

The report describes all crimes dealt with by UOPD within campus Clery boundaries, including statistics for campus housing and safety, fires in student housing facilities and on and off campus drug and alcohol referrals.

Here’s a breakdown of some of the numbers in the 95-page report:

    • 1,256 total disciplinary referrals for drugs and alcohol (slightly up from the 1,219 in 2012 and 1238 in 2011)
    • 14 reported sex offenses in 2013 (down from 30 last year and on par with the 13 reported in 2011)
    • 29 incidents of arson, up from 7 in 2012
    • There were 35 reported incidents of burglary down from 42 in 2012 and 2011 (only 4 reported in the residence halls in 2013 compared to 12 in 2012).
    • Zero hate crimes (in 2012 there were two or three bias-based crimes including intimidation based on race and an instance of vandalism defaming a religious group).

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