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.