Eight cases of rape took place inside Loyola residence halls in 2017 — an increase from three reports in 2016 — an annual crime report released Friday by Campus Safety showed.
The report, officially titled the Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report, was published in accordance with the Clery Act, a federal law which requires universities which receive federal aid to stay transparent about crime on and around their campuses. Campus Safety published the report on its website and sent it to students via email last week.
It’s unclear how the reports were handled by the university or if and how the perpetrators were disciplined. When a Loyola student makes a report of sexual misconduct, they are able to decide if they want to proceed through the investigation process or not, Title IX Deputy Coordinator Tim Love previously told The Phoenix. If they choose to go through the investigation process, trained officials conduct the investigation while the university offers resources to the survivor, Love said.
The report also includes a 12-step disciplinary process used in cases of sexual assault, stalking, dating violence and domestic violence.
Two reports of murder or non-negligent manslaughter — meaning the killing wasn’t an accident — and two reports of robbery on public property near the Lake Shore Campus (LSC) were also listed. One report of aggravated assault and five reports of fondling occurred on campus property, according to the report, which categorizes reports based on location and type.
The report indicated there were 14 offenses which fall under the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA), which includes domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. There was one report of domestic violence, three reports of dating violence and 10 reports of stalking in 2017 on the LSC. In the VAWA category, three reports of dating violence and three reports of stalking took place on the Water Tower Campus (WTC).
Many categories — including rape, fondling and motor vehicle theft — saw an increase in offenses from 2016 to 2017, but burglary dropped from 12 reports on the LSC and WTC in 2016 to zero reports in 2017.
Other universities in Chicago saw similar crimes in 2017, though Loyola and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) had more reports in many categories than both DePaul University and Northwestern University in Evanston.
Love, Campus Safety and Wellness Center assistant director of health promotion Mira Krivoshey didn’t respond to The Phoenix’s request for comment on this story.