Introduction to Crime Reporting and Statistics
The Department of Public Safety collects and analyzes past and current crime data, and processes it using established methodologies and advanced technology. The information is then used to determine patterns of criminal activity so Drexel Public Safety can quickly react by effectively allocating resources and, when warranted, make timely notifications. The data are also used to strategically coordinate deployment and appropriately respond with other law enforcement and public safety entities including the Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania Police Departments.
Drexel Public Safety is required to comply with all federal and state mandates for disclosing crime information.
All reported crimes are categorized in accordance with Uniform Crime reporting requirements established by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook [PDF] contains definitions and classifications for all crime categories.
The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting [PDF] assists universities and colleges in meeting the regulatory requirements of the Crime Awareness and Security Act (Title II of Public Law 102-542), also known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, or the Clery Act. The handbook covers such topics as Classifying and Defining Clery Crimes, Timely Warnings, the Daily Crime Log and Annual Disclosure Requirements.
Campus Security Authorities
A Campus Security Authority (CSA) is an individual who is an official of the institution that has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to:
- Drexel Police Officers
- AlliedBarton Security Officers
- Title IX Officials
- Professional staff in a dean of students office
- Staff in a student center building
- Student Activities office
- Student Housing Staff
- Student Discipline Staff
- Faculty or staff advisors to student organizations
- Resident Assistants
- Director of Athletics
- Team Coaches
- Athletics Staff
- A coordinator of Greek Affairs
- Physicians in campus health centers
- Victim Advocate or a Sexual Assault Response Team in a campus Rape Crisis Center
- Campus Judicial Proceedings
Under Clery, a crime is reported when a victim, witness, other third party or even the offender brings it to the attention of a CSA or local law enforcement personnel. It does not matter whether or not the individual/s involved in the crime or reporting the crime are associated with the institution. If a CSA receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, he or she should document it as a crime report and provide this report to the Drexel University Department of Public Safety. In “good faith” means there is a reasonable basis for believing that the information is not simply rumor or hearsay. CSAs are not responsible for investigating crimes. Their role is to report all incidents immediately, no matter how minor an incident may seem. All investigations and crime classifications are the responsibility of sworn law enforcement personnel.
There are two classifications of individuals who, although they have significant responsibilities for student and campus activities, are not considered CSAs under Clery. They are pastoral counselors and professional counselors. A pastoral counselor is defined as a person who is associated with a religious order or denomination, is recognized by that religious order or denomination as someone who provides confidential counseling and is functioning within the scope of that recognition as a pastoral counselor. A professional counselor is defined as a person whose official responsibilities include providing mental health counseling to members of the institution’s community and who is functioning within the scope of his or her license or certification. This definition also applies to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.
Although pastoral counselors and professional counselors do not have to report crimes that are brought to their attention while serving in an official capacity, they are encouraged to inform their client/s of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.
If employees are aware of any crimes that occurred on campus that were not reported to Drexel Department of Public Safety, it is important that he/she complete a Crime Statistic Report Form available at http://www.drexel.edu/crimereport and return it immediately.
Staff can also view a presentation that educates them on their Clery reporting responsibility. The presentation is available at http://www.drexel.edu/publicsafety/crimereporting.
It is important to remember that should at any time a crime be reported to anyone who is deemed as a Campus Security Authority, that individual should not wait until the end of the year to report that incident to Drexel Police, but notify the department immediately by calling 215-895-2222. The Department of Public Safety has a responsibility to notify the University community about any crimes that pose an ongoing threat to the community.
Campus Security Authority Training[PDF]
Pennsylvania Crimes Code
Drexel University is mandated by Pennsylvania Crimes Codes Section 33.111 to disclose crime statistics. "Each institution of higher education shall annually report crime statistics and rates to the State Police in the form and manner required by the State Police, for publication in the Pennsylvania uniform crime report, Crime in Pennsylvania."