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Oct 1, 2014 5:12 PM

Dartmouth posts annual crime statistics

The Associated Press

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Dartmouth College says there were 35 sexual assaults reported on and off-campus last year, a 46 percent increase it attributes to better reporting rather than an actual increase in offenses.

Colleges and universities are required to submit annual summaries of crimes to the federal government.

The report Dartmouth released Wednesday shows the number of reported sexual assaults increasing from 15 in 2011 to 24 in 2012 and 35 last year. Arrests for liquor law violations increased sharply- from 16 to 100 last year - but officials say that reflects new reporting methods. In the past, students who were referred to an alcohol diversion program weren't counted as arrests.

Dartmouth is one of 55 schools being investigated by the federal Education Department for how it handles sexual harassment and assault complaints.

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