Editor’s Note: This article contains a mention of sexual assault. Resources for reporting sexual assault are listed at the bottom of the article.
OU released its annual Safety and Fire Safety Report with crime statistics compiled from 2018 to 2020, revealing an increase in reports of sexual assault and a decrease in drug law violations.
The OU has seen an increase in reports of rape on campus with 24 reports in 2020, 21 reports in 2019 and 18 reports in 2018, according to the security report. The reports of petting on campus remained the same from 12 in 2019 to 12 in 2020. In 2018, 10 reports were made.
In comparison, Oklahoma State University reported 20 cases of campus rape in 2018, 17 cases in 2019, and three cases in 2020. OSU also reported eight cases of campus fondling in 2018, four in 2019, and six in 2020.
The University of Texas reported 15 cases of campus rape in 2018, 18 cases in 2019, and 20 cases in 2020. UT also reported two cases of campus fondling in 2018, four cases in 2019, and 10 cases. in 2020.
In accordance with the Violence Against Women Act, the OU has included statistics on incidents of domestic violence, dating violence and stalking. In 2020, OU reported 13 campus cases compared to 27 in 2019 and 28 in 2018. OSU reported 17 campus cases in 2020 and UT reported 32 cases.
The OU reported a decrease in drug law violation arrests and disciplinary dismissals on campus with 20 in 2020, 41 in 2019 and 57 in 2018. OSU reported 28 campus disciplinary arrests and dismissals in 2020 , and UT reported 30.
The OU reported an increase in the number of liquor law arrests and disciplinary referrals on campus from 173 in 2019 to 237 in 2020. In 2018, the OU reported 256 violations. OSU reported 238 campus disciplinary violation and dismissal arrests in 2020, and UT reported 66.
The OU also reported an increase in theft, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson on campus from 19 in 2018 and 15 in 2019 to 26 in 2020. OSU reported 14 cases of similar violations on campus in 2020 and UT reported 42 cases.
Statistics are reported by the OU Police Department, Norman Police Department, OU Student Affairs Division, OU Residence Life, OU Housing, and the Department of Student Affairs. OU sports, according to the security report. The full report is available here.
For more information on reporting student, faculty, or staff issues related to gender, harassment, sexual assault, or misconduct and domestic violence, community members can visit the Office of Sexual Misconduct website, email email@example.com or call 405-325-2215.
Community members can also contact the 24-hour reporting hotline to report instances of bias, discrimination, harassment or misconduct. The hotline can be reached at 844-428-6531.
Additionally, OU Advocates is a confidential advocate and go-to resource for sexual assault or misconduct issues for students, faculty, or staff who can be contacted through their website or anytime at 405-615. -0013.