Hate Crimes Continue to Plague College and University Campuses

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education offers a detailed look at crime and safety at the nation’s schools and on college and university campuses. Data is presented on a wide range of indicators including hate crimes on college and university campuses.

In 2018, of the more than 34,000 criminal incidents that occurred on the campuses of postsecondary institutions and were reported to police or security agencies, 814 incidents were classified as hate crimes. The three most common types of hate crimes reported by institutions were destruction, damage, and vandalism; intimidation; and simple assault. Race was the motivating bias in 43 percent of reported hate crimes.

For school students ages 12 to 18, the percentages of students who reported being called a hate-related word at school were lower for 10th- and 12th-graders (5 and 4 percent, respectively) than for 7th- and 8th-graders (8 and 9 percent, respectively)For students who reported being called hate-related words at school during the school year, race was the most frequently reported characteristic referred to by hate-related words.

About 22 percent of all students ages 12 to 18 reported seeing hate-related graffiti at school in 2019. This was down from 29 percent in 2009.

More than 15 percent of Black students ages 12 to 18 reported that they had been in a fight at school in 2019. For White students, the figure was 6.4 percent.

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