Last week the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation released its annual ‘Crime on Campus’ publication, detailing the volume and nature of crime on Tennessee’s college and university campuses.
The report compiles data submitted to TBI through the state’s Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System (TIBRS). 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 were that The University of the South in Sewanee had 177 liquor law violations or 66.1 per each 1,000 students while The University of Tennessee at Knoxville had 70 or 2 per 1,000 students. Middle Tennessee State University had 10 for 2019.
Middle Tennessee State University with a population listed for 2019 as 24,024 had 99 narcotic violations total, 73 reports of theft, 37 assaults and five forcible sex offices including three rapes. Of those five, one was cleared.
Motlow State Community College reports only one burglary and two thefts.
Area technical colleges and the University of Tennessee Space Institute had no offences listed.
Tennessee Tech University had 16 assaults, 55 thefts and 19 drug offences, while Trevecca had two drug offences, three alcohol and 10 thefts.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga had a moderate 60 liquor violations, 169 drug charges, 37 assaults and three sexual offences.
There was one homicide in 2019 at Austin Peay State University and it was cleared.
Statewide, 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.