Last year, the number of reported rapes at the University of Connecticut increased by more than double the number recorded for the previous year.
The Annual 2014 Security and Crime Report stated that 43 rapes were reported during the 2014-2015 school year, in comparison to the 13 reported in 2012-2013, and 18 recorded for 2013-2014.
There was also a significant increase in dating violence and stalking – from eight reports of dating violence and six reports of stalking in 2013-2014 to 26 reports of dating violence and 30 reports of stalking in 2014-2015.
UConn’s administrative officials have painted the increase in reported rapes as indicative of the university’s improved vigilance and receptiveness to reports of this “traditionally under-reported” crime.
This comes after UConn paid a group of students $1.3 million rather than admit the fault of failing to address their sexual assault complaints appropriately.
The university will face consequences from the federal government for inaccurate reporting of these types of complaints in past.
Elizabeth Conklin has been employed at UConn since 2011 and was recently appointed as the University’s Title IX Coordinator, in order to, according to the Title IX website, “ensure compliance with Title IX and other federal and state civil rights laws.”
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