Top 50 B-Schools: Campus Crime, School by School

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Never before in America, perhaps, has the issue of campus rape been so widely and deeply discussed. A series of high profile cases, and revelations of widespread institutional failures to deal effectively with reported incidents and sex crime prevention, have driven campus rape into the public spotlight.

From 2011 to 2013, reported sex crimes rose, often dramatically, on the campuses where America’s eight highest-ranked business schools are located, Poets&Quants‘ analysis of crime statistics reveals. Reports of sexual offenses jumped seven-fold at Columbia University, more than doubled at Stanford, MIT, Dartmouth, and Northwestern, doubled at the University of Chicago, and increased 66% at Harvard, U.S. Department of Education data show. At UCLA, the number of reported sex attacks quadrupled.

Eighteen of the top 50 business schools operate on campuses where the administration is under federal investigation over handling of reported sexual violence cases.

Poets&Quants analyzed education department data and individual school reports from the 51 campuses containing the Poets&Quants Top 50 business schools.


Thirty-five campuses saw rising numbers of reported forcible sex crimes, while 15 saw a drop in numbers, and one remained flat.

The increase in reported sex attacks came as reported offenses in nearly all other categories dropped at most of the institutions where business schools are located. However, certain campuses, including U.C. Berkeley and Penn State, saw striking increases in reported aggravated assault, while reports of burglary jumped significantly at Yale University and Michigan State University. Motor vehicle theft rose on a slim majority of campuses.

Although much sex crime on campus is associated with undergraduate lifestyles – heavy drinking and on-campus residency in particular – crime affects business students as well, says Columbia Business School spokesperson Christopher Cashman.

“Columbia Business School students are active, engaged, and contributing members of the broader Columbia community, and so these issues affect MBA students in the same manner that they have affected all members of our community,” Cashman says.


After Poets&Quants‘ request to Stanford’s Graduate School of Business was passed along to the university’s communications department, Stanford spokesperson Lisa Lapin noted that “while partying and alcohol is one issue — and not exclusive to undergraduates or dorms — there are other issues, including date rape and domestic violence, which also impact everyone at all ages.”

As defined by the Department of Education, forcible sexual offenses range from fondling to rape, and schools, under the federal Clery Act, were required to publicly report statistics covering that category of crime. In response to changes in the FBI’s definition of rape, and new federal legislation, the department will next year start collecting school data that breaks down the umbrella category of forced sex crimes into specific offenses such as rape and fondling, according to a department spokesperson.

However, some schools have already been reporting on specific crimes, separating rape from fondling. Twenty-one schools broke down the forcible sexual offenses category to provide numbers on rape for one or more of the three years. Of these schools, five, including the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, started breaking out that number during the three-year period.

Penn for 2013 began separating out a “rape” category for reports of 2013 reports of crime. So while the school shows up in the U.S. Department of Education database with 12 reported forcible sex offenses each in 2011 and 2012, the 17 shown in the education department’s database for 2013 are broken down in the school’s own reporting, revealing eight reported rapes and nine reported incidents of forcible fondling. Columbia University, too, for 2013 began breaking out rape from general sexual offenses, reporting 13 reported rapes that year and eight reported fondling incidents.


One school, MIT, did not report rape-specific numbers in 2013, after citing six reported rapes in 2011 and seven in 2012. The school did not respond to a request from Poets&Quants for information about its crime reporting.

Twenty-nine schools, including Yale University, Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, New York University, the University of North Carolina, and Indiana University, did not disclose the number of rape reports during the three-year period, reporting only on forcible sexual offenses, with no breakdown.

  • Letsgettechnical

    Are you seriously trying to justify these horrifying numbers? It’s not misleading because, as a student, I would traverse areas like the local mall. If that’s where the students prowl (rather than clubs at 3am), then that’s even scarier.

  • Missed the Mark

    P&Q, this is misleading. You can see from this thread that many readers missed the line saying “Statistics for crime reports cover entire campuses of universities containing the top 50 business schools, which are arranged below according to the Poets&Quants business school rankings.

    I looked at these reportts. I believe Stanford statistics include the Stanford Shopping Mall (that is wholly located in the campus), which probably is why the number of burglaries is higher.

  • sciencequota09

    Those are absolute numbers. If you think Stanford’s class is only half as big, Stanford is the least safe.

  • Charles

    Better just to keep your pants on and get the best grades in the class

  • Cantcontrolmyself

    Rapes should be a metric in the rankings

  • FStratford

    Are these numbers for real??

    More Rape > Harvard > Stanford > Wharton > Booth > Less Rape

    That is definitely not very intuitive. You’d think that Stanford would be the “safest” of the top 4. And what’s with Harvard? There has to be an explanation to those numbers. Are HBS “leaders” just more prone to rape?

    I dont want to even think it.

  • WTF

    hey! you’re not the real WTF! Stop using my name!

  • wtf

    Are you saying that at HBS and GSB, 25 and 35 sexual offenses were reported? Considering university sexual assault policies, I highly recommend MBAs to sign contracts before drunken ONS… Otherwise, you are 150k in debt and your career ended before you graduated :/

  • Norbert Weiner

    Jeez Stanford and Havard!

  • Mine

    Wow, so many burglaries at Stanford.