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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.

Crime Categories

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.

Clery Compliance

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

All Drexel University faculty and staff are considered “Campus Security Authorities” except Pastoral and Professional Counselors.

Pastoral counselor: 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.

Professional counselor: 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 applies even to professional counselors who are not employees of the institution, but are under contract to provide counseling at the institution.

All Drexel employees are encouraged to view the Clery-Campus Security Authorities Training which can be accessed via the following links:

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."