Augsburg University Annual Crime Report and Statistics
The University is required by federal law (The Clery Act) to publicly report specific crimes and incidents including certain forms of sexual misconduct. The sexual misconduct incidents the University must provide in the report are: dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking.
The University tallies the total number of known incidents each year and provides the composite number in the annual Augsburg University crime report, http://www.augsburg.edu/dps/. No names are associated with the tally or in the crime report to the extent permissible by law. No specific information is provided in relation to any incident.
Minnesota Office of Higher Education Sexual Assault Data Report
Minn. Stat. § 135A.15, subd. 6 requires postsecondary institutions to annually report statistics on sexual assault to the Office of Higher Education (OHE).
Postsecondary institutions are required to submit sexual assault data if they:
- offer in-person courses on a campus located in Minnesota;
- are eligible institutions as defined in Minn. Stat. § 136A.103;
- and,have system-wide enrollment of 100 students or greater in the prior academic year.
OHE adheres to current federal and state data privacy laws and best practices to protect the privacy of individual students. Reports and data required by Minn. Stat. § 135A.15, Subd. 6 are prepared and published as summary data, as defined in Minn. Stat. § 13.02, Subd. 19, and are consistent with federal and state laws governing access to educational data and student privacy.
OHE’s policy for complying with federal and state laws governing access to student records is to suppress student data in cells containing fewer than 10 students. In the data reports that follow, when “<10” is displayed the data for that cell is suppressed to protect student identity in compliance with federal and state privacy laws. Additionally, if only one cell in a column is suppressed, the cell with the second lowest count will also be suppressed to prevent identification.
Sexual Assault Definition
The definition of sexual assault for the purpose of this report was amended by the 2017 legislature. 1 The definition of sexual assault in Minn. Stat. § 135A.15, Subd. 1a is now “rape, sex offenses – fondling, sex offenses – incest, or sex offenses – statutory rape as defined in Code of Federal Regulations, title 34, part 668, subpart D, appendix A, as amended.” For more information on the definition of sexual assault, please refer to the Sexual Assault Data Reporting Manual.
Scope of Incidents
The report below includes the number of incidents of sexual assault reported to the institution in the previous calendar year in which:
- Either the alleged victim or respondent was a member of the campus community (employee or student) at the time of the incident; or,
- the incident occurred on the institution’s campus (or on property owned/rented by the institution); or,
- the incident occurred at an institutionally-sponsored event.
What Else You Should Know About This Data
The data provided by the Sexual Assault Data Report differs from the data postsecondary institutions provide in their annual Clery reports required by federal law. 3 The sexual assault data provided here for Minnesota postsecondary institutions has a different scope of incidents and different categories than the institutions’ Clery reports. Additionally, the data below includes reports to institutions that occurred prior to Minn. Stat. § 135A.15, subd. 6 becoming law, so this data may be incomplete which impacts the reliability of the data.
It is also important to note that the data presented in this report only includes incidents that were reported to a postsecondary institution. Research on sexual assault indicates that the actual number of instances of sexual assault is likely higher than what is reported by victims to postsecondary institutions.
Additionally, some data in the report below may be duplicated across postsecondary institutions. For example, a single incident may be included in the report for two institutions in the instance where the victim and respondent attend different institutions and there is a report and/or response by both institutions.