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Vol. 17  No. 21 Final Edition
Clovis Free Press

July 17, 2000
Fresno State Crime
Latest Published Reports
By Edward Davidian, Bulldog News

CLOVIS -- Since 1992, Fresno State has been required by federal law to compile annual statistics about crime on the campus and to provide them to their students and staff members.

UC Berkeley has been in the top four, nationwide, in student crimes involving alcohol, drugs and weapons. Fresno State is developing local concern for the trend it has develeoped in the areas of drug dealing, alcohol, weapons, student burglaries, sex crimes, aggravated assault, and car thefts.

Arrests for drug offenses on University campus rose sharply in the past three years. Arrests for underage drinking or other alcohol-related offenses also went up markedly, The Clovis Free Press has found. Although some recent studies indicate that drug use by students has increased only slightly in this decade, aggressive policing and a greater willingness among students to report drug infractions by their peers have raised the arrest rate, officials say.

California State University, Fresno -- 1997-1998
Full Time Enrollment 18,113
Year -Reported Incidents- -Arrests-

Forcible sex offenses

forcible sex offenses

Robbery Aggravated assault Burglary Motor-vehicle theft Arson Hate crimes Liquor-law violations Drug Weapons
1998 3 6 2 14 100 32 -- 0 40 26 6
1997 3 0 1 15 62 57 -- 2 20 31 7

Definitions of Crime Categories Used in the Report:

The following definitions are those outlined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's crime reporting system, which colleges are supposed to use in reporting their statistics. The description of hate crimes is based on the 1998 amendments to the crime-statistics act.

MURDER: The willful killing of one human being by another.

FORCIBLE SEX OFFENSES: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly or against that person's will. Includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling.

NONFORCIBLE SEX OFFENSES: Unlawful, nonforcible sexual intercourse. Includes incest and statutory rape.

ROBBERY: The taking, or attempted taking, of anything of value from one person by another, in which the offender uses force or the threat of violence.

AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: An attack by one person upon another, in which the offender uses or displays a weapon in a threatening manner or the victim suffers severe injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.

BURGLARY: The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.

MOTOR-VEHICLE THEFT: The theft of a motor vehicle, including automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, and mopeds.

ARSON: Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud, a dwelling house, a public building, a motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property of another.

HATE CRIMES: Any crime described above or any other involving bodily injury in which the victim is intentionally selected because of the actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability of the victim.

LIQUOR-LAW VIOLATIONS: The violation of laws prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, or use of alcoholic beverages. Does not include driving under the influence or drunkenness violations.

DRUG-LAW VIOLATIONS: The violation of laws prohibiting the production, distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment needed to produce or use them.

WEAPONS-LAW VIOLATIONS: The violation of laws prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment, or use of firearms, knives, explosives, or other deadly weapons.

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