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There were 18 reports of sexual assault at the University of Wyoming in 2018, according to data from the school, a slight decrease from last year’s high of 21.

“Sexual assault numbers still appear to be high in comparison to other institutions,” UW Police Department Chief Mike Samp said Wednesday, “but we certainly still attribute that to the No More campaign, efforts educationally through the University of Wyoming athletics department – efforts largely through reporting.”

Samp said the 18 reports represent a “master list” of all reports, including those that were made anonymously and didn’t prompt a police investigation. Roughly a half dozen of them were investigated, he said.

The number of sexual assaults at UW has ticked upward in recent years, with 21 in 2017, 19 in 2016, 14 in 2015, nine in 2014 and 15 in 2013. But there appear to be fewer in residence halls: There were two reports in 2018, compared to six in 2017 and nine in 2016.

The number fluctuates somewhat — there were eight in 2013, for instance, and just one in 2014 — but Samp attributed the decline to the various groups in and around campus that “work very hard on the educational, regarding consent, regarding how alcohol influences sexual assault and certainly prevention.”

“It’s largely a comprehensive effort across campus, but there’s still a lot of work to be done,” he added.

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The broader crime report is fairly stable, Samp said. There were two reported hate crimes in 2018, compared with three in 2017. Eight reports of domestic violence were made last year, down from 11 the year prior.

But he highlighted the rising number in drug reports. There were 58 reports of drug use in 2018, up from 49 the year before and 34 in 2016 (this number also fluctuates — there were 64 in 2013).

Samp said the answer for the increase lies to Wyoming’s south, where legalized marijuana is “readily available” 65 miles away.

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Education and Health Reporter

Seth Klamann joined the Star-Tribune in 2016 and covers education and health. A 2015 graduate of the University of Missouri and proud Kansas City native, Seth worked for newspapers in Milwaukee and Omaha before coming to Casper.

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