Amid recent headlines over allegations of unpunished sex crimes on campus, from the undergrad at Columbia University dragging a mattress around campus to protest the fact that her alleged rapist remains free to attend school to Rolling Stone’s now-discredited story about a student who claimed she was gang-raped by a fraternity, newly-released campus crime reports from the U.S. Department of Education for 2013 are a key resource for reporters.
Every October, schools are required under federal law to distribute to all students and employees an annual campus security report with statistics on alleged criminal offenses reported to campus police or security and local law enforcement for the three most recent years. All schools participating in federal student aid programs are subject to the requirement. The full database of reports (in DBF format) from 2001 to 2013 can be purchased here from Investigative Reporters and Editors ($25 for members, $75 for non-members).
Dig into the data and post your findings in the comments below.
Wow, it’s been a long time.
Back in 2005 and early 2006, I launched this little blog dedicated to journalistic mischief – a mix of investigative reporting, media commentary and random observations. Every once in a while, an item would get picked up by the Huffington Post, Gawker, the Boston Globe, Talking Points Memo, Salon and our traffic would catapult from double digits to triple (or even quadruple) digits. It was fun while it lasted, kept me off the streets and netted me a grand total of $77 in Google AdSense revenue.
And then I had to get a real job. So I took a reporting gig at ABC News and gave up Muckraked. And through all the changes since then – senior editor at HuffPo, managing editor of IBTimes and author of “Gil Scott-Heron: Pieces of a Man” – I’ve always regretted walking away from my little blog. I missed the freedom of being my own boss, guided solely by my own news instincts, and diving into stories, occasionally coming up with a scoop. So earlier this year, after convincing a domain squatter to lower his initial $1000 price to a reasonable Ben Franklin, I bought the site back.
It’s good to be back. I look forward to raking up plenty of muck…