"The exact size of the campus sexual assault problem remains unclear. The commonly cited statistic that one in five women who attend college is assaulted before she graduates — repeated by the White House — comes from a flawed 2007 study based on undergraduates at just two unnamed public universities. That figure often shocks, yet there is no reliable alternative estimate. Under the federal Clery Act universities are required to publish data on campus crime, but activists have long suspected that administrators underreport sex crimes.
"Major colleges and universities are undercounting the number of sexual crimes that occur on their campuses in an attempt to downplay the issue, according to new research published in the journal Psychology, Public Policy and Law.
"The number of sexual assaults reported by colleges and universities tends to increase by an average of 44 percent while they're under review by the U.S. Department of Education, according to new research by University of Kansas law professor Corey Rayburn Yung.
However, as soon as federal officials conclude their investigations, Yung found that reports of sexual assault in annual crime statistics tend to drop sharply to pre-audit levels. The same trend was not observed in the statistics for other types of serious crimes on campus."
"Today in unsurprising research findings: a recent study published by the American Psychological Association finds that colleges and universities around the country engage in a pattern of serious underreporting of campus sexual assaults, in violation of federal law and despite sizable fines. The study, which analyzed the number of assaults reported by 31 universities nationwide, found that schools reported incidents of sexual violence at a significantly higher rate during audits by the Department of Education — but when the audits ended, reporting rates dropped.
"Over the last few months, sexual assault on college campuses has become a hot button issue. According to a new study conducted by University of Kansas law professor, Corey Yung, sexual assaults are underreported by as much as 44 percent.
'I think it speaks to the institutional norms, which is to try and have crime not be a problem. Police survey shows they [officers] tend to disbelieve rape victims more than the public. When the audit's going on, then you have to be more careful,' said Yung.
"A Kansas University law professor whose previous research showed more than 1 million rape cases went unreported in official U.S. crime statistics has published new research indicating underreporting appears widespread on college campuses as well.
Universities across the country are likely underreporting on-campus sexual assaults by as much as 44 percent, according to Corey Rayburn Yung, whose research was recently published in an article in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law.
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"Secretary of State Kris Kobach argued Thursday the federal model of judicial selection placed higher caliber lawyers from Kansas on the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeals than the state’s existing approach for picking justices of the Kansas Supreme Court.
Kobach and Gov. Sam Brownback believe the Kansas Constitution ought to be amended to eliminate the nonpartisan merit selection system relied upon in Kansas to evaluate applicants for the state Supreme Court and to provide governors a choice among three finalists.
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"A legal expert contends the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to rule on same-sex marriage will determine the fate of Kansas' ban on the unions. But University of Kansas Constitutional Law Professor Richard Levy thinks the state could still fight implementation of a judgment allowing gay marriage.
Levy said, 'It’s possible that there could be various kinds of state laws passed that test exactly what the limits are, and in the process slow its recognition.'
KU professors Raj Bhala and Don Haider-Markel shared their reactions to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.
"Bhala said his reaction was one of horror and frustration.
"French police officials say they have identified three men as suspects in a deadly attack against newspaper offices that killed 12 people and shook the nation.
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It was the deadliest attack in France in half a century.
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University of Kansas Associate Dean for International and Comparative Law Raj Bhala said that this attack can affect American communities by people misunderstanding the attacks and backlashing.