UPD releases 2022 Annual Safety and Security Report

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Photo courtesy of Charger Bulletin/Samuel Weinmann.

A UPD emergency button outside of Maxcy Hall, West Haven, Oct. 2, 2022.

Lindsay Giovannone, Copy Desk Chief

The 2022 Annual Safety and Security Report (ASR) was released by University Police on Friday in an email from Chief of Police Adam Brown to the campus community. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security and Campus Crime Statistics, or the Clery Act, is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to annually disclose information about crime on and around campus.

The Police Department, Department of Public Safety, Faculty, Provost’s Office and Dean of Students Office collaborate to prepare the report. Statistics in the ASR represent the three most recent reporting periods – calendar years 2019, 2020 and 2021 – as is required by the Clery Act.

In the ASR, locations requiring safety disclosure include: campus, non-campus buildings or property and public property “within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.” The report also details university policies and procedures pertaining to missing students, substance abuse, alcohol guidelines and regulations, weapons, harassment and other types of misconduct, such as assault.

The ASR provides campus resources for reporting misconduct and other policy violations as well as university-specific misconduct definitions. Also included are misconduct procedures and annual crime statistics.

In 2021, there were eight rapes on campus, a signficant increase from 2020 and 2019 where there were one and six, respectively. There were two burglaries in 2021, a slight increase from one in both 2020 and 2019. Motor vehicle thefts decreased from two to just one in 2021. There were no reported cases of murders/non-negligent manslaughter, negligent manslaughter, incest, statuatory rape or aggravated assault reported within the last three years. There was, however, one instance of arson reported in 2019, which took place in a residential hall. Every instance from 2019 to 2021 was reported as occurring on-campus in residential facilities.

The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) also requires domestic violence, dating violence and stalking to be reported in addition to other sex crimes. There was one report of domestic violence on campus in 2021, one report of dating violence in 2019 and one report of stalking in 2019, all on campus property.

Arrest and disciplinary referral reports are also in the ASR; drug law violations and liquor law violations were the only categories with statistics. In 2019, there were 16 drug law violations referred for disciplinary action, an increase from 2020 where there were 13, but a decrease from 18 in 2019. Liquor law violations numbered 124 in 2019, 52 in 2020 and 76 in 2021.

The Fire Safety Report in the ASR included a fire log for all residential facilities and included fire safety advice for students, such as procedures and where to find fire extinguishers, Automatic External Defibrillators and other fire safety equipment.

For more information, the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online or can be picked up at the University Police Department, Dean of Students Office and Office of Admissions.