Washington University in St. Louis — Missouri’s most elite private college — has landed on a top-10 list for schools reporting high crime rates.
In a news release out Tuesday Law Street Media reported the top 10 highest reported crime rates for large, medium and small American colleges and universities.
Federal law requires that all institutions of higher education that get federal dollars in any form, report and monitor criminal offenses on their campus. This data is reported every year by the institution to the U.S. Department of Education. The reported offenses were not necessarily found to have occurred, but were merely reported to campus police.
Washington University was the only school in Missouri or Kansas to make this top-10 list. It reported 44 forcible sex offenses — the bulk of the crime reported on the campus, 8 robberies and 4 aggravated assaults, in the three-year time frame used in the Law Street report.
The research and analysis for the report was done by Law Street’s Crime in America team and the campus crime statistics are three-year totals from 2011-2012 and 2013.