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Utah Colleges Report Uptick In Sexual Assaults

Utah's 10 largest colleges and universities reported 65 sexual assaults last year.

That's up from 58 in 2015.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports under the Clery Act, schools that receive federal funding must annually release data on crimes that occur on campus or at affiliated locations, such as recognized fraternities and sororities, and on public property adjacent to campus, such as sidewalks.

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Brigham Young University reported two sexual assaults in 2016.

But the university's Title IX coordinator says the actual number of assaults reported to the school — and experienced by students — is far higher.

The gap shows the limits of data reported under the act, which took effect in 1991 to inform students of campus dangers.

It requires institutions to annually release crime data by Oct. 1.