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KU law professor’s study shows universities are underreporting sexual assaults on college campuses

Source: 
6 News Lawrence
Author: 
Amina Smith
Date: 
Monday, February 2, 2015

"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.

In his study, Professor Yung noticed that there were variations in the number of reported sexual assaults when a university was being audited. A trend that raises many questions.

'It seems like schools, when they're under a higher level of scrutiny, are more apt to give a fuller picture of what's going on. Once the Department of Education is gone, schools go back to their old practice,' said Yung."