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UPDATE: TBI releases data from college campuses

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The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released data from college campuses across the state this week. 

Overall, crimes reported have decreased about seven percent between 2014 to 2015, while assault offense reports have increased 1.7 percent. 29 percent of all reported offenses include larceny or theft. 

In the category of "Sex Offenses-Forcible", there was a 26.6 percent increase in 2015. This includes an increase in the number of reported rapes from 51 in 2014 to 56 in 2015.

Individual local college breakdown:

  • Tennessee Wesleyan College: Low crime reporting; no significant differences between 2014 and 2015
  • Southern Adventist University: Only two crimes reported for 2015 
  • Bryan College: Very low crime reporting for 2014 and 2015
  • Chattanooga State Community College: Assault reports nearly tripled in 2015; slight decrease in larceny/theft; drug/narcotic violations up from 2014 to 2015
  • Cleveland State Community College: Crime down overall; larceny/theft up slightly in 2015
  • Lee University: Assault reports up significantly between 2014 and 2015; biggest increase in "intimidation" and simple assault; vandalism up slightly; increase in larceny/theft
  • University of Tennessee - Chattanooga: Sex offenses up significantly; larceny/theft down; assault and motor vehicle theft down between 2014 and 2015

A spokesperson for Chattanooga State released the following statement in reply to the TBI report:

"We are very proud of our Campus Police Department where the true concept of community policing is embraced. In addition, Chattanooga State remains committed to educating our students and employees on the importance of reporting events. With the increase from five assaults last year to 14 this year, of which 9 were either stalking or intimidation, we believe this increase is a direct result of our students and employees being trained on reporting as required by the Campus Save Act effective October 1, 2014.  We see this increase as a positive sign that our training efforts to better educate and empower students and employees to report is effective. We are diminishing any code of silence on our campus."

Viewing area schools:

  • University of Tennessee- Knoxville: sexual offenses and assaults down; burglary and larceny/theft up; drug violations and vandalism down
  • Middle Tennessee State University: sex offenses, DUI, and drug violations increased; burglary, vandalism, and motor vehicle thefts down; one reported case of prostitution in both 2014 and 2015

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