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Towson University releases crime reports, some incidents in past years undercounted

Towson University releases crime reports, some incidents in past years undercounted

Towson University released last week its annual report of crime on campus showing a rise in stalking incidents and revised its three previous reports to indicate that some crimes, including sexual assault and dating violence, had been undercounted.

The 2017 Clery Act report, a legally required document, was released just before the Oct. 1 deadline. While most crime categories in the report held steady, stalking incidents saw the most dramatic rise — from five reports in 2016 to 25 in 2017.

At the same time, a statement on the university website said, “In the collection and verification of the 2017 reports by our Campus Security Authorities (CSAs), the Office of Inclusion...

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