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10 Rapes Reported On Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus in 2018

Alanna DemetriusCampus Safety published its annual Clery Act report, which reveals reported instances of crime on or near Loyola's campuses.

Rape was reported on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus (LSC) 10 times in 2018, according to a report released by Loyola’s Campus Safety Sept. 30.

The annual report, officially titled the Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report, was published under the Clery Act — a federal law which requires universities that receive federal funding, like Loyola, to disclose crime on and around college campuses. 

The report lists offenses from the past three years and categorizes each as either criminal, hate or under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). It also includes any arrests, disciplinary records and unfounded cases — in which there is no credible evidence — on each of Loyola’s campuses, the report showed.

The report “covers crime and policies that have been reported to Campus Safety, Student Development, and other individuals required to report crimes, the respective local police departments,” the document states. 

It’s unclear whether those making the reports, or those committing the offenses were Loyola students. 

Tom Murray, chief of police and director of Campus Safety, and Tim Love, Loyola’s Title IX coordinator, didn’t respond to request for comment on the report. Tim Cunningham, the admin commander for Campus Safety, referred The Phoenix to University Marketing and Communication for comment, which also didn’t respond to a request for comment. 

The 10 rape cases are an increase from the eight reported on LSC on-campus property in 2017, and the three reported in 2016. There was also a rape reported on Loyola’s Water Tower Campus (WTC) in 2018, while there were none reported in 2017, according to the document. 

The report showed LSC on-campus VAWA offenses — such as stalking and domestic violence — also increased in 2018. The report indicated 20 on-campus stalking offenses, which doubled from the amount reported in 2017. The report showed one count and no counts of on-campus domestic violence on LSC in 2017 and 2016 respectively, while reports on LSC jumped to six in 2018.

The only record of dating violence in 2018 was on-campus at WTC, which is down from three in 2017, according to the report.

Two on-campus stalking offenses were reported at Loyola’s Health Sciences Campus in the west suburb Maywood, but no other crimes were reported on that campus, the report read. 

The document showed reports of on-campus criminal fondling doubled on LSC since 2017, with eight reports in 2018. Reports at WTC stayed steady at one fondling report on-campus in both 2017 and 2018. 

The only hate offense the document showed was reported on LSC, under the Intimidation category, “which is to place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct,” according to the U.S. Department of Education. The hate offense was based on national origin, according to the report. 

Between the LSC and WTC, there were eight off-campus robberies reported and seven reported burglaries on campus. On the LSC campus, there were no reported aggravated assaults in 2018, while there were four on-campus and two on public property at WTC in 2018, according to the report.

The report detailed an increase in disciplinary referrals for both drug abuse violations and liquor law violations on LSC. It showed drug violations jumped approximately 26 percent from 128 in 2017 to 162 in 2018, while liquor law violations increased about 16 percent from 409 to 478 for on-campus offenses.  

The document showed no reports of manslaughter, murder, arson or fire on any campus. 

The report also included security and safety procedures and resources for reporting crimes. 

“This report is designed to help everyone in the Loyola community better understand policies, procedures, programs, training, and more, in regards to campus crime and crime prevention,” Murray wrote in an email to the Loyola community alongside the report.

Loyola’s Vietnam Center, John Felice Rome Center, Loyola University Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois and the Cuneo Mansions and Gardens in Vernon Hills, Illinois each reported no crimes or offenses.

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