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New data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that the number of reported hate crimes on the campuses of U.S. colleges and universities has slightly decreased.

In a study entitled “Indicators of School Crime and Safety: 2015” the agencies reported that 781 hate crimes on college campuses were reported to authorities in 2013, down from 791 in 2012. Among those crimes, vandalism was the most commonly reported (364 incidents), followed by intimidation (295 incidents) and simple assault (89 incidents).

Race was the motivating bias in 41 percent of hate crime vandalisms, 37 percent of intimidations, and 38 percent of reported simple assaults in 2013.

In 2012, racism accounted for 46 percent of reported vandalisms classified as hate crimes, 45 percent of reported intimidations, and 44 percent of reported simple assaults.

While the findings should be positive, research shows that only about 13 percent of racist bias incidents on campuses are reported to campus authorities and so the number of actual hate crimes that occurred in 2013 could be much higher.

Incidents such as White fraternity members wearing blackface or chanting racist slurs, racist graffiti on campus walls, nooses hung around the campus statues of former Black students or in places meant to intimidate African-American students and actual assaults have been reported with growing frequency in the last couple of years.

In response, students of color, bolstered by the Black Lives Matter movement, have staged massive protests which resulted in the resignation of at least one university president and induced many institutions to implement anti-bias, diversity and inclusion initiatives.