Texas' largest universities each reported a rise in on-campus rapes in 2016

Texas A&M University stood out in 2016 with the most rapes reported on campus in comparison to other large colleges in

Texas A&M University reported the largest increase in reported on-campus rapes in 2016 when compared to other large colleges in the state.

Texas A&M had 30 rapes on campus reported in 2016 compared to 13 in 2015, which represents a 131 percent increase, according to data released by the university on Oct. 1 as part of its adherence to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The university reported six rapes in 2014.

The increase in rape reports was not a surprise to Texas A&M's Title IX coordinator, Jennifer Smith.

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15 percent of undergraduate women at the University of Texas in Austin reported being raped.

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"An increase in reports of sexual misconduct is to be expected when institutions step up educational and awareness programs. Increased reporting is an indicator that students are aware of the university's resources and believe that Texas A&M will investigate fairly and respond appropriately," Smith told Chron.com Tuesday morning. 

As part of preventing sexual assault, Texas A&M has the Consensual Language, Education, Awareness, and Relationships office (CLEAR), which provides bystander intervention training that addresses the dynamics and frequency of sexual assault as well as the Women's Resource Center (WRC) which offers advocacy, education, prevention programs, support, and referral services for female and male students, faculty, and staff.

Many of Texas' other largest universities—University of Texas at Austin, University of Houston, University of North Texas, and Texas State University—also reported an increase in reported rapes on campus during the same time frame, according to their latest crime reports. 

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The University of North Texas had 13 rapes reported on campus in 2016 and seven in 2015, which is an 85 percent increase, the second highest in this group of five schools.

Texas A&M also had the most sex-related complaints made by students against faculty or staff in 2016 when compared to the colleges listed above. The 11 complaints made at the university included one against an associate professor in mechanical engineering accused by a graduate student of sexual harassment. That claim was substantiated, according to documents obtained by Chron.com from Texas A&M. The professor, whose name has been withheld, is still employed at Texas A&M.

Baylor University, which has faced national scrutiny since 2011 when 17 female students reported sexual or domestic assault charges against 19 football players, had 23 rapes reported in 2015 and 11 in 2016, according to its crime report data.

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