TBI report focuses on 'Crime on Campus'

Becky Campbell • Updated May 4, 2020 at 2:47 PM

A state “Crime on Campus” report says East Tennessee State University reported a 100 percent increase in sexual offenses and assaults for the 2019 school year.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation’s Crime on Campus report, release this week, compiles data submitted to TBI through the state’s Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System. Among the report’s findings:

— Crime reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities increased by 3.6% from 2018 to 2019, but had decreased overall by 12.3% since 2016.

— Offenses categorizes as ‘Larceny/Theft’ made up 26.7% of all reported offenses in 2019.

— Assault offenses increased by 26.1% between 2018 and 2019.

— The overall category of ‘Sex Offenses – Non-Consensual’ decreased by 20% in 2019.

“This report will hopefully assist law enforcement, institution administrators, and government officials in planning their efforts in the fight against crime and create an awareness that crime exists as a threat in our communities,” said TBI Director David Rausch. “I wish to express my appreciation to all institutions of higher learning that consistently support a unified crime reporting system in Tennessee.”

In accordance to federal guidelines, the TBI strongly discourages the use of its published crime data to compare on agency to another. It is far more appropriate, in the TBI’s assessment, to compare an agency’s statistics over time.

The 2019 statistics for ETSU included:

— 54 assaults;

— Eight forcible sex offenses, including seven reports of rape;

— 72 larceny/theft cases;

— 48 cases of property damage and vandalisml and

— 17 drug/narcotic offenses.

Group B offenses, less serious than crimes against a person, for 2019 included six liquor law violations, one trespassing and nine “all other offenses.”

By comparison, in 2018, ETSU recorded:

— 23 reports of assaults;

— Four overall forcible sex offenses, including two reports of rape;

— 70 larceny/thefts, seven cases of fraud;

— 41 cases of property damage and vandalism; and

— 23 drug/narcotic offenses.

2018 Group B offenses included: one bad check, two cases of disorderly conduct, two DUIs, six cases of drunkenness, 26 liquor law violations and two trespassing cases.

In 2017, ETSU reported:

— 28 assaults;

— Five overall forcible sex offenses — including three rape incidents;

— 71 larceny/thefts;

— Two cases of fraud,33 cases of property damage and vandalism; and

— 33 drug/narcotic offenses.

2017 Group B offenses included: three DUIs, five cases of drunkenness, 23 liquor law violations and one case of trespassing.