Report: 300 sexual assaults reported at MN colleges last year

Only 79 of those ended with a disciplinary action greater than a warning.
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Nearly 300 sexual assaults were reported to colleges in 2015. That's according to a new report by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education.

The report is based on sexual assault data reported by postsecondary institutions. It's part of a new law that requires schools to make data regarding sexual assaults – like rape, statutory rape, and any sex without consent – public information.

The information shows that 294 such incidents were reported to institutions in 2015.

Of those, only 164 were investigated to see if the institution's policy was violated in any way. And 79 cases ended with the institution issuing disciplinary action greater than a warning.

There is no explanation to what "greater" disciplinary actions were taken by the schools, though.

The vast majority of those who reported assaults to institutions did not contact state or local law enforcement though. Only 55 did (as far as the colleges are aware).

Specific Colleges

The University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus had 47 assaults reported. That's the most of any college in the state. Less than 10 of those ended with a discipline greater than a warning. The U has about 50,000 students.

The next highest was the College of St. Benedict/St. John's University with 21. The University of St. Thomas and Carleton College each had 20.

Many community and technical colleges didn't report any sexual assault incidents.

Most assaults aren't reported

According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, as many as one in five women and one in 16 men are sexually assaulted while in college.

However, more than 90 percent of assault victims on college campuses do not report the assault.

Information by RAINN – which has a bunch of information on sexual assault – says people often don't report assaults for a number of reasons. Some of those include victims believing it's their own problem to deal with, being afraid of reprisal, or not wanting the offender to get in trouble.

If you'd like to get help or talk to someone about an assault, the National Sexual Assault Hotline is 1-800-656-4673.

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