If you broaden the definition of crime, you’ll get more crime.
Who knew attending an Ivy League school could pose such a threat to one’s personal safety? Yale University’s newest report on campus sexual misconduct suggests life at Yale is almost as dangerous as the city of Detroit.
The College Fix reports:
Yale’s latest sexual-assault report suggests school is more dangerous than Detroit
Yale University continues to impose sanctions on students and faculty even when they are not found responsible for sexual misconduct, according to its latest half-year report on sexual misconduct.
Issued by Deputy Provost Stephanie Spangler, who is tasked with universitywide Title IX compliance, the so-called Spangler report covers reports of misconduct from Jan. 1 through June 30.
It reveals harsh punishment following complaints about seemingly minor infractions, as well as minor or no punishments for alleged attempted assaults – suggesting that assaults aren’t being taken seriously, many people are making evidence-thin complaints, or both.
In contrast to previous Spangler reports, this one has totally scrapped details on complaints that didn’t result in investigations, though it continues to list such complaints in statistical tables.
The move suggests that Yale does not want to provide information that “might cast doubt on the suggestions that the university is experiencing an unprecedented crime wave,” according to Brooklyn College Prof. KC Johnson, who has critically analyzed the Spangler reports from their start five years ago.
The latest report, issued Aug. 16, says the university received 88 complaints of sexual misconduct. According to the Yale Daily News, that’s an all-time high number of complaints.
Read the Yale report here.
What’s happening here is easy to explain. If you vastly broaden the definition of what counts as a crime, you will assuredly have more crime. The Fix continues:
Title IX coordinators also investigated students for “unwanted attention,” “unwanted advances” and “making inappropriate comments in a classroom,” with the last complaint coming from a faculty member.
One especially vague summary says an undergraduate told a Title IX coordinator “that a faculty member engaged in conduct of a sexual nature,” without specifying whether the conduct was verbal, physical or a combination.
K.C. Johnson of Minding the Campus has written extensively about this subject and puts the Yale report into perspective:
Consider this item: “An administrator informed a Title IX Coordinator that a Yale College student reported that another YC student made unwanted advances.” On the basis of this third-hand allegation, a current Yale student is being investigated.
The most recent Spangler Report, just published, says 20 Yale undergraduates were accused of sexual assault in the first six months of 2016. Twenty-six undergraduates filed sexual assault complaints. Assuming all were female (the source of around 99 percent of campus complaints), it would mean an annual violent crime rate for Yale undergraduate women of 1.9 percent, without taking into account any attempted murder or felony assault claims. That would be just under the annual violent crime rate for the city FBI stats deem the most dangerous in the country, Detroit.
If life at Yale is so dangerous, perhaps they should adopt a campus carry policy.
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