But the number of burglaries increased to 18 from 11, and the number of car thefts stayed about the same.
The university reported the annual crime statistics as required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Clery Act.
The law mandates universities report annual crime statistics. UH Manoa released a report in October detailing the crimes reported in 2017.
Two years ago, the campus saw a spike in reported rapes that the university attributed to increased awareness. The jump reflected a national increase in reported incidents of campus rape.
Dan Meisenzahl, the university’s spokesman, said that the latest statistics are only a snapshot and noted the numbers often fluctuate.
“The numbers are what they are, they’re higher last year, they’re lower this year,” he said. “It’s tough to draw conclusions just from one year.”
A federal investigation concluded earlier this year that the university failed to comply with Title IX laws and bungled sexual misconduct investigations. Over the past few years, the university has ramped up training, created a dedicated Title IX office and implemented a campus-wide survey to improve its handling of sexual violence complaints.
“We still feel that this is something that is underreported,” Meisenzahl said of the latest campus rape statistics. “While we are happy that the numbers have dropped, we continue to expect that — as there’s more awareness around sexual harassment and gender-based violence — we expect to see probably increases as opposed to decreases in these numbers.”
Meisenzahl noted that while there were 18 burglaries reported in 2017, the preliminary numbers for 2019 show just eight burglaries.
He said similar estimates of the number of reported rapes in 2018 were not yet available.
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