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US College Rankings Based on The Most Reports on Sexual Assaults

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US College Rankings Based on The Most Reports on Sexual Assaults
US college rankings is a topic often searched by parents and high schools students. However, this time, the new statistic report ranks colleges based on their ‘dark side’.
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US college rankings is a topic often searched by parents and high schools students to find out which school is the best for them. This time, the new statistic report ranks colleges based on their 'dark side'.

The reports were collected from each campus database and are available in US Department of Education official site - disclosing number of sexual assaults occurred in the campus. The list offers a different point of view to the public especially after Brown University shows up on the first place of US college rankings with the highest rape reported.

There were 43 sexual assault cases reported in Brown University and University of Connecticut, Boston Globe reported. The Federal campus safety data also noticed that among 100 institutions, there were at least 10 incidents related to sexual assaults. Brown University spokesperson explained that the Ivy League school has addressed the issues using many steps.

US college rankings: These universities have the highest rape report number

Following Brown and U-Conn, Dartmouth College comes next with 42 cases of rape. Wesleyan University reported 37 of rape cases followed by University of Virginia with 35 cases. Harvard University and University of North Carolina at Charlotte rank the fifth and sixth, recorded 33 and 32 reports of rape in the main campus.

It is unclear whether the number of incidents is growing or declining, since this is the first time that campuses are required to disclose reports on sexual assault happened in their schools.

Cases that were unrecorded in the past years might add up but the current data reflects how students are willing to report sexual assault to the authorities. In addition, it does give new perspective to the public. Stanford University sexual assault incident, which has become the news recently, reportedly records 26 cases of rape in 2014.

Reaching out for comment, Lisa Maatz from American Association of University Women suggests campuses to address the issue by considering the civil rights instead of a campus-image problem. Do you think this new US college rankings will affect student enrollments?

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