An annual report released by Stanford University last week shows that hate crimes have increased sharply over the last two years while sexual offenses have remained relatively steady, among other categories of campus crimes.
The 2018 Safety, Security & Fire Report sheds light on crimes committed on campus over the last three years, involving students, faculty, staff as well as visitors or people at Stanford for activities.
Stanford received 22 reports of hate crimes in 2017, all vandalism incidents in which swastikas were painted on signs or surfaces on campus. This is up from eight hate crimes in 2016 and just two in 2015. The Department of Public Safety believes a single person who has not yet been identified is responsible for last year's vandalism, according to the report.
In 2017, the university recorded a total of 42 sexual offenses, including 18 incidents of rape and 24 fondling reports. There were 45 reported sexual offenses in 2016 and 39 in 2015, according to the report.
Reported rapes decreased last year, to 18 from 33 in 2016.
There were seven dating violence cases and 12 stalking incidents in 2017, both categories down from the previous two years.
The university issued for the first time this year a separate report on Title IX and sexual misconduct that documents the details and outcomes of cases of unwanted sexual conduct. The information in that report differs from the Safety, Security & Fire Report in two ways: It only includes reports from Stanford-affiliated people or incidents that affect the overall safety of campus, regardless of where those incidents occurred; and it provides data by academic rather than calendar year.
Stanford will release the second annual Title IX/Sexual Harassment report on the 2017-18 school year later this year.
In 2017, Stanford made 26 alcohol-related arrests, a sharp drop from 62 the year prior and 70 in 2015. Drug violations are also down, with 13 reported last year. There were nine reported weapon possession arrests in 2017.
Stanford urges members of the campus community to look to the crime report not only for data points, but resources related to campus safety.
"I hope students, faculty and staff will truly use this document as a resource, both to educate themselves and take steps to protect their property and personal property, and to play an active role in fostering the safety of the entire campus community," Department of Public Safety Director Laura Wilson said in a university announcement.
Read the full Safety, Security & Fire Report here.