Department of Education’s Latest Data on Campus Hate Crimes

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 2019, of the more than 27,000 criminal incidents that occurred on the campuses of postsecondary institutions and were reported to police or security agencies, 757 incidents were classified as hate crimes. The three most common types of hate crimes reported by institutions were intimidation, destruction, damage, and vandalism, and simple assault.

Of the 757 reported hate crimes on college campuses, more than 400 were motivated by race or ethnicity. Some 57 of these hate crimes were assaults.

Of course the number of hate crimes on college and university campuses is far larger than the statistics reported here. Undoubtedly, a large number of hate crimes are not reported to law enforcement agencies. Also, these numbers do not reflect the thousands of microaggressions and the use of racial slurs by students that are directed against African Americans that go unreported.

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