Citing data from the US Department of Education, WSPA Channel 7 Greenville reports today that 9 forcible sex crimes were reported at Bob Jones University in 2011, many more than were reported at other South Carolina schools–even those that dwarf BJU in size.
We’ve prepared the below table to feature the information gathered by the Channel 7 Watchdog team.
BJU spokesman Carol Kierstead gave the following statement to WSPA:
“BJU takes protection and security of our students and campus seriously. Because of the value we place on each individual, we treat each alleged incident seriously and are diligent to include each in our reports. One student was tied to the nine incidents of inappropriate behavior and the matter has been settled in the legal system.”
Of note is Kierstead’s admission that the nine incidents were perpetrated by one student–and Kierstead, amazingly, says later in the article that BJU “will allow [that student] to reapply for admission next semester.”
This news also seems to undercut Stephen Jones’s recent claim that sexual abuse scandals like those of Chucks Phelps are “old news” for the University.
Dr. Bob III also claimed from the Chapel pulpit after that scandal that no sexual abuse had ever been covered up at BJU, and that none ever would be.