Campus crime rankings don’t count rape?
The Daily Beast/Newsweek has a slideshow of the “25 Most Crime-Rattled Colleges.” The University of Louisville is ranked 9th on the list.
The method behind the rankings:
We looked at four-year nonprofit private colleges and four-year public colleges with more than 6,000 total students, taking into account the numbers for each school’s primary campus and auxiliary campuses in the same metro area as the main campus. Our final dataset included more than 500 universities. The crimes we considered were: murder, negligent murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, car theft, and arson. Because not all crimes are the same, we devised a subjective weighting system based on crime severity. Burglary established our low-end baseline for weighting; car theft was weighted twice as much as burglary; assault and robbery, six times as much as burglary; arson and negligent manslaughter, 10 times as much as burglary; and murder, 20 times as much as burglary.
Conspicuously absent from the tracked crimes list? Rape. Is it folded into assault or left out altogether?
Here’s 2010 NPR news series on seeking justice for campus rapes, and a USA Today story from April on Title IX’s impact on how colleges respond to sexual assault and rape. It’s a crime specific and widespread enough to warrant its own line item in a well-publicized study — as much as car theft, at least.
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