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Pepperdine’s Campus Safety and Fire Safety Report for 2018 reveal two incidents of rape reportedly occurred on campus last year.
The Department of Public Safety published the report Oct. 1, with details regarding campus fire safety systems and statistics concerning reported crimes on all Pepperdine campuses.
Under a federal statute known as the Clery Act, Pepperdine must disclose information about crimes that occur on or near campus for the last three years. The university must publish and send out crime information to students and employees annually by Oct. 1. The statistics that Pepperdine publishes information about include reports of rape, robbery, aggravated assault and hate crimes; arrests related to drug, weapon or liquor offenses; and disciplinary referrals.
The 2018 report includes crimes statistics from 2016 and 2017 for reference.
Reports of Sexual Misconduct
In 2018, there were two reports of rape on the Malibu campus. Both reportedly occurred in student housing. In 2017, there were four reports of rape. Two cases of rape were reported in 2016.
In 2018, there were three reported incidents of fondling. No incidents of fondling were reported in 2017 and 2016.
The statistics related to sexual misconduct in the Fire Safety and Campus Safety report do not include the seven reports of sexual misconduct that were filed during the spring 2019 semester.
A student reported an incident of sexual assault this semester Sept. 5, in Drescher Student Housing Apartments, according to the daily crime log report from the Department of Public Safety.
Decrease in Burglaries
There were five reported cases of burglary in 2018, four of which reportedly occurred in student housing.
This is a significant decrease compared to recent years. Fourteen incidents of burglary were reported in 2017, while 15 incidents were reported in 2016.
Statistics on Satellite Campuses
At Pepperdine’s West Los Angeles campus, there was one report of fondling, one report of burglary, and two reports of motor vehicle thefts.
This is consistent with previous years. With the exception of one report of a hate crime on the Encino campus in 2017, students did not report any crimes at Pepperdine’s satellite campuses in 2017 and 2016 either.
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