Ohio University Police Department’s 2016 Clery Act Annual Security Report showed an increase in sex-related crimes and dating violence on or near OU’s Athens campus, but an overall decline in other crimes. The annual security report was released Thursday
The Jeanne Clery Act, passed in 1990, requires all colleges and universities who receive federal funding to disclose crime statistics each year. Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old student at Lehigh University, was raped and killed in her dorm room in 1986.
In 2015, OUPD reported 87 crimes. That number is an increase from 57 in 2014 and 62 in 2013, according to the report.
Many crime categories listed in the report show no trends. Sex-related crimes and dating violence increased in both 2014 and 2015, according to the report.
OUPD received 23 reports of dating violence in 2015 compared to 10 in 2014 and two in 2013.
There were 30 total reports of rape and fondling in 2015, an increase from 22 in 2014 and 18 in 2013.
Reported liquor law violations have decreased, but drug abuse violations have increased, according to the report.
Liquor law violations have been on decline as there were 22 reports in 2015, 35 in 2014 and 221 in 2013, according to the report.
Drug abuse violations increased from 149 in 2013 to 163 in 2014 and reached 306 violations in 2015, according to the report.
OUPD received one report of a hate crime and an incident of vandalism in 2015, according to the report. There were no reported hate crimes in 2014 or 2013.