Purdue University reported the second most hate crimes among all public and private colleges in the country last year and the most among all Indiana colleges, according to just-released FBI statistics.
Of the seven instances reported on the West Lafayette campus in 2011, five reflected racial bias and two were related to religion, the FBI data show. The offenses involved simple assault, intimidation and vandalized property.
Across the country, 6,222 hate crime incidents were reported by law enforcement agencies in all jurisdictions — a 6 percent decrease from the previous year, according to the FBI’s 2011 report. Of those offenses, 9.3 percent took place at schools or colleges.
Statewide, 100 hate crime incidents, including assault and arson, were reported in all jurisdictions. Those include 13 incidents on four college campuses.
A hate crime is defined as a “criminal offense against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender’s bias against a race, religion, disability, ethnic origin or sexual orientation,” according to federal code.
Purdue officials attributed the number of local reports to an online reporting system created in 2010 and increased awareness of diversity. For 2010, Purdue reported 11 crimes.