I find it incredible that colleges and university would hide crime statistics from the public. Here is an excerpt of an article from the CUNY (City University of NY) Graduate Center Advocate. Yet another example of why students need to protect themselves on campus. There is more crime than noted in published crime statistics. And who knew NYU was the second most dangerous campus in the US?? To all you NYU students, you need to get to SecureOnCampus.com to stock up on pepper spray and personal alarms for self defense!
CUNY News in Brief
by Advocate Staff
Putting the Criminal Back in Criminal Justice
Hats off to the John Jay College of Criminal Justice who made this month’s most significant contribution to ensuring CUNY’s enduring track record of cooking the books. A recently released audit by the State Comptroller’s Office finds that a handful of CUNY colleges aren’t bothering to report campus felonies. John Jay leads the way, failing to report nineteen of twenty felonies, followed closely behind by Queens, Baruch, Hunter and Medgar Evers Colleges, who collectively buried a whopping 73 percent of campus crimes during the period under State review. According to the Gothamist, “John Jay administrators are also accused of keeping two sets of crime logs, one created two weeks before auditors arrived.”
Students, unsurprisingly, were upset by the news. Speaking to the New York Post, John Jay sophomore Deana Kelley pointed out that “I think it’s unethical. It’s like if there’s a crime in your neighborhood, you want to know what’s going on.” A graduate student at the college, Juliana Velazquez, added, “It’s shocking to hear you attend a criminal-justice school and there’s still crime.” Yeah, imagine that.
In case you were worried that CUNY couldn’t care less about the safety of its students, university spokesman Michael Arena reassured anyone who’d listen that the colleges were taking concerted action to remedy the situation. An emergency two-day training session for every campus security director was immediately convened. What, exactly, these crime-fighting professionals were being trained in remains unclear, but CUNY officials contend that the problem has been meaningfully addressed.
Of course, as in all things, despite CUNY’s impressive capacity for internal corruption, the university once again failed to beat out New York University for top honors in the city. You thought our numbers were bad? NYU failed to account for nearly 90 percent of its campus crime last year. When all crimes committed in the NYU’s residency halls and classroom buildings are tallied up, the school ranks as the second most dangerous campus in the country. And here we were thinking those kids on Washington Square were just a bunch of poseurs!
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