When picking a school, many students and parents check out the crime information the university releases to get a sense of the area’s safety, yet many of those reports aren’t fully reported or representative of the whole scope. The Dispatch investigated the issue and found that in some cases schools were reporting zero sexual assaults in more than a decade and many schools weren’t reporting assaults that were then taken to the area police. From Ohio State to Bowling Green to Urbana University, the paper revealed skewed and at times wrong information being fed to the public to preserve the right image. Schools don’t always include off campus crimes that are blocks away from the main campus but will only report incidents that happen in campus buildings or residence halls. Reports sent to federal education officials many times excluded some crimes, and some victims said that university officials weren’t helpful or blamed the victim for crimes.
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