The number of forcible sex offenses reported at Barnard dropped from one in 2011 to zero in 2012, according to a report from Barnard Public Safety released on Tuesday.
One forcible sex offense was reported at a non-campus property in 2012, the same as in 2011. The discipline rate for alcohol is on the rise, while drug law violations have stayed fairly steady, statistics from Barnard’s 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report showed.
The number of disciplinary cases for alcohol increased from 82 in 2010 to 136 in 2012, while the number of disciplinary cases for drugs only increased from nine to 13. The report also shows students reported seven burglaries in 2012, up from four in 2010.
The report, which is mandated by the Clery Act, includes crime statistics for the last three years, as well as information about Public Safety’s crime prevention programs, fire safety procedures, and other safety resources on campus. Columbia released a similar report last month.
While Barnard’s low numbers may be in part due to the college’s small size, the numbers reported likely do not reflect actual crimes on campus. The Department of Justice estimates that although 20 to 25 percent of women will experience a rape or attempted rape during their college years, fewer than half of these women will ever report the incident.
Barnard’s report includes some details about several of the forcible sex offenses that aren’t in Columbia’s report, which was released last month and showed a rise in forcible sex offenses from three in 2011 to 12 in 2012. In 2010, one sexual assault reported at Barnard involved an acquaintance, the report indicates. In 2011, one forcible fondling offender was known to the victim, and one acquaintance rape was reported off campus.
The statistics in the report include crimes on campus and in adjacent public areas. They are based on crimes reported directly to Public Safety and information provided by local police precincts.