Reported Campus Rapes Increased by 21% at Cornell in 2016, CUPD Says

The number of on-campus rapes reported to police increased by 21 percent from 2015 to 2016 at Cornell and there were eight on-campus hate crimes reported to police last year, according to the Cornell Police Departmentís annual security report.

Domestic violence, stalking and dating violence reports all more than doubled from 2015 to 2016 ó from 3 to 11, 7 to 16, and 1 to 5, respectively ó according to the report, which was released last week in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act.

Burglaries slightly decreased, from 20 to 17, and driving while intoxicated arrests decreased from 17 to 3 from 2015 to 2016. Rapes reported on campus jumped from 14 to 17, according to the new report. Itís not clear, from this data, if more rapes occurred or if more victims were reporting the attacks to police.

Fourteen of the 17 rapes occurred in residential facilities, according to the data, while the other three occurred on-campus but not in Cornell residential facilities.

By Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs