1998 Security Services Annual Crime Report

September 1, 1998

Security Services Annual Crime Report

This annual report is to inform students, prospective students, faculty, and staff of University of Puget Sound security incidents and crime prevention programs and measures. This report meets the requirements of the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.

The University of Puget Sound campus is located in a residential community. The crime rate on and near campus is historically low compared with other areas of the city.

The University of Puget Sound is genuinely concerned about the welfare of its students. We have established crime prevention, response, and reporting programs which we feel are reasonable and appropriate for our environment. However, the university cannot totally eliminate crime nor can it guarantee protection of persons or property. Each member of the campus community should also exercise reasonable precautions to minimize risks to themselves and others on campus.

The university encourages the reporting of all on campus criminal activities, injuries, and illnesses to Security Services. Security staff document all reported incidents and refer significant crimes against persons and property to the Tacoma Police Department. Security administrators and Dean of Students staff investigate on campus crimes involving students. Dean of Students staff sanction students when appropriate. On campus incidents involving non-students are investigated by the Tacoma Police Department.

The university makes clear that its student-conduct process is independent of criminal or civil proceedings. Students are advised by the university of the option to pursue criminal charges or to bring civil suit against perpetrators of crimes on campus.

Access to all university buildings is controlled by Security administrators through a key control program. Academic facilities are locked at varying times depending on use schedules. Prior written authorization is required for admittance when facilities are locked. Residences are locked 24 hours a day. Security and Residential Programs staff patrol living areas checking for propped or unsecured doors and windows. Areas rendered unsecurable by damage or equipment failure are repaired on a first priority basis by maintenance staff.

University of Puget Sound Security staff receive enforcement authority for campus rules and regulations from the university. Security staff work closely with the Tacoma Police Department. On duty staff carry radios which allow direct communication to City Emergency Services. Tacoma Police are summoned to provide assistance, make arrests, and investigate criminal matters on campus. Security staff do not routinely arrest suspects without the assistance of Tacoma Police. Tacoma Police officers patrol the campus vicinity on a routine basis and maintain communication with on duty Security staff.

Security and Residential Programs staff are trained in the importance of accurate and prompt reporting of all incidents, including criminal acts, accidents, minor property damage, injuries, and illnesses. Because the University of Puget Sound is relatively small and campus housing is geographically concentrated, trained staff generally become aware of incidents and encourage reporting to campus authorities. Security staff report crimes to local authorities when appropriate.

Awareness is essential to effective crime prevention. The university informs students, faculty and staff of incidents involving crimes against persons and property so that they may take measures to avoid being victimized. Crime information is disseminated weekly via the campus newspaper and Safety Committee meetings. Incidents involving more significant personal safety concerns are reported immediately via written "Security Alerts" which are hand delivered to Residential Programs staff and departments and/or announced over the campus wide voice or e-mail systems.

The university supports the Operation I.D. program. Literature describing the program and tools to engrave personal property are available for loan at the Security Office. Crime prevention information is posted on bulletin boards throughout campus and communicated in the weekly campus newspaper.

The university does not have recognized student organizations with off campus offices or housing. Off campus criminal activity involving students should be reported to local law enforcement agencies by the victim or complainant.

The university, through Security and Dean of Students staff, enforces university regulations regarding the possession, use, and serving of alcoholic beverages. University regulations are patterned after State laws. University policies prohibit on campus possession, use, or sale of illegal drugs. In the spirit of education, violators may receive mandatory counseling or assessment in addition to being sanctioned by Dean of Students staff. The university also has educational programs in the areas of alcohol and sexual violence which all students have the opportunity to attend during Freshman Orientation and at other times during their college careers. There is also a Student Assistance Program for students who misuse or abuse alcohol, or who show signs of alcoholism. This program operates in tandem with the student conduct process. Possession or use of firearms or other weapons on campus, except by law-enforcement officials, is strictly prohibited. Suspected drug or criminal activity on university property is reported to and investigated by the Tacoma Police department.

The university enforces university policies prohibiting sexual assault and other forcible and nonforcible sex offenses. For further information, see the university’s "Sexual Harassment Policy." The policy defines violations, explains reporting procedures and describes counseling and support services available to immediate parties involved in a complaint. Resolutions to the complaint, including the investigative procedure and possible sanctions are also described in the policy.

The Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services office, the Residential Programs office and the Campus Ministry Center sponsor programs to promote healthy relationships and increase student awareness about sexual offenses and harassment.

A victim of a sexual offense should report the crime immediately to Security Services. The victim also has the option to notify the Tacoma Police Department, whether or not the offense is reported to Security. If the victim so desires, the university will assist in notifying the police.

A sexual offense victim is encouraged to seek immediate medical attention. A prompt medical examination is important to check for possible injuries or infection and to collect medical evidence in the event of a criminal prosecution. The victim is also encouraged to seek personal counseling and support from Counseling, Health and Wellness services, the Pierce County Sexual Assault Crisis Center, or another counseling service of the victim’s choice. If the victim so desires, the university will make alternative campus housing and academic arrangements as may be appropriate and reasonably available.

The university’s Sexual Harassment Policy outlines the procedure for campus disciplinary action in cases of an alleged sex offense. The accuser and the accused are entitled to the same opportunities to have others present during a disciplinary proceeding. The accuser and the accused will both be informed of the outcome of any disciplinary proceeding alleging a sex offense, including the nature of any sanctions imposed. The university may impose any one or more sanctions as appropriate, including but not limited to an official reprimand, mandatory counseling, restrictions on participation in campus activities, eviction from campus housing, suspension, expulsion of a student, or termination of a faculty or staff member’s employment.

Following are on-campus crimes formally "reported" by victims or Dean of Students staff to the Security office. These statistics are compiled by the Director of Security for the previous three calendar years. Arrest statistics reflect arrests made on-campus by the Tacoma Police Department during each year.

Offenses

1997

1996

1995

Murder

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offenses *

0

1

0

Nonforcible Sex Offenses **

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

1

Aggravated Assault ***

0

0

0

Burglary

5

5

8

Motor Vehicle Theft

4

6

0

 

Arrests

     

Liquor Law Violations

0

0

0

Drug Abuse Violations

0

0

0

Unlawful Weapons Possession

0

0

0

* Forcible Sex Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the persons will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Offenses include forcible rape, sodomy, fondling, and sexual assault with an object.

** Nonforcible Sex Offenses: Unlawful, non forcible sexual intercourse. Offenses include incest and statutory rape.

*** Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife, or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed.)