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Q:

Dear 100 Hour Board,

My friend worked as a secretary in the BYU Law office. This friend said that all of the assault and battery charges committed by BYU students were committed by male BYU law students. She speculated that they are very stressed out and can easily snap. Where can I find statistics about crimes committed at BYU to see if this is true?

-IsItTrueCougar

A:

Dear IDoubtItCougar,

You can see campus statistics on crimes (among other things) for 2007, 2008, and 2009 here [PDF]. (It doesn't appear that the report including 2010 has been issued yet.) Now, that document doesn't list the gender, let alone academic pursuit (if any) of the people guilty of the offenses, so you'll have to look elsewhere for those. However, I find it highly unlikely that the extremely narrow demographic your friend described is actually solely responsible for all assaults committed on campus.

Here's a possible counterexample, in fact. I couldn't find anywhere that gave much detail on the crimes described in that report, but I did find a Police Beat from 2007 that mentioned a woman being given a misdemeanor for "simple assault domestic violence." That's assault, and she was clearly not male. I can't be sure she was a student, but if there were more publicly available information about crimes on campus I think it would be easy to prove that your friend's claim is bogus.

—Laser Jock