USU Provides Annual Crime Statistics
Friday, Sep. 29, 2017
Utah State University has released campus crime statistics for 2016, including reports made of sexual violence. USU’s Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report gathers reports made directly to USU Police as well as to other campus security advisors. Statistics are provided in the aggregate and do not include any identifying information about students.
The USU Public Safety Department provides a campus safety report by October 1 of each year as required by the federal Clery Act. This report includes campus crime statistics for the three previous years, security policies, information about university programs to prevent sexual violence and procedures for responding to reports of sexual violence. The report also highlights how USU distributes information to the campus community during emergencies.
“Safety is critical to the success of all those who attend, work or conduct research at USU,” said Mike Kuehn, USU Public Safety director and chief of police. “I encourage everyone in our campus community to review the report and make sure they have updated their contact information in the Code Blue alert system so they can get immediate information during a campus emergency.”
Crime statistics for the main Logan campus included in USU’s 2016 security report included 12 reports of rape, five of which occurred in previous years but were reported in 2016. Statistics also included one report of fondling, two reports of domestic violence, 11 reports of dating violence, four reports of stalking, four reports of burglary and three reports of arson. For USU Eastern Price, there were two reports of burglary, two reports of rape and one report of dating violence.
USU Public Safety distributes the report to all students and employees and makes it available to all prospective students and employees. The report is available at www.dps.usu.edu/clery
The Clery Act also requires universities to issue “timely warning notices” to students, staff and faculty when there is a threat from a dangerous situation or significant emergency so the community can take precautions. The university sends these notices through Code Blue alerts.
The Clery Act is a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. In order to comply with the Clery Act, universities must provide an annual security report and crime log, as well as issue timely warnings when a dangerous situation threatens the campus community. The Clery Act is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University student who was slain in her dorm room in 1986.
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