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College-Crime Reports Are Breaking Records This Year. Blame Years-Ago Abuses by Campus Doctors.

October 3, 2019


Higher education’s annual federally mandated disclosure of campus crimes has been an especially grim task this year for officials at three universities dealing with the aftermath of sexual-abuse accusations against campus physicians.

The federal campus-crime-reporting law known as the Clery Act requires colleges that receive federal funding to release a compilation of crime statistics each October 1 for the preceding three calendar years. Because the disclosures reflect the date that a crime is reported rather than when it is alleged to have occurred, the universities — Michigan State, Ohio State, and the University of Southern California — saw steep surges in reports of abuse, most dating to years-ago incidents.

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