The TBI has released its annual ‘Crime on Campus’ publication, detailing the volume and nature of crime on Tennessee’s college and university campuses.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is obvious throughout the 2020 statistics, as students, staff, and faculty spent – in most cases – less time on college and university campuses. Among the report’s findings:
- Crime reported by Tennessee’s colleges and universities decreased by 33.5% from 2019 to 2020 and decreased overall by 40.6% since 2017.
- Offenses categorized as “Larceny/Theft” made up 26.3% of all reported offenses in 2020.
- The number of Burglaries increased by 11.2%, from 125 in 2019 to 139 in 2020.
- The overall category of “Sex Offenses-Non-Consensual” decreased by 34.2% in 2020.
In 2020, the UT Martin Department of Public Safety reported 16 theft cases, six assault cases, five sexual offenses, two destruction or vandalism cases, and one drug offense.
Meanwhile, on the Bethel University campus in 2020, there were 22 drug violations, 21 assault violations, 10 destruction or vandalism cases, three thefts, three weapon violations, two forgery cases, and one violation each of burglary, robbery, blackmail, and fraud.