By: Meredith Francis ~Campus News Editor~
As mandated by the Clery Act, Xavier recently released the crime statistics for on and around campus for 2013.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, also known as the Campus Safety Act, is a federal law that requires all college campuses to disclose information relating to crimes that occur on and around campus.
According to the Xavier Safety website, the Clery Act is a law enforced by the U.S. Department of Education that “is tied to an institution’s participation in federal student financial aid programs and it applies to most institutions, of higher education both public and private.”
The law, which is named for a Lehigh University student who was raped and killed in her dorm in 1986, was amended in 1992 to require that victims of sexual assault on college campuses be allowed certain rights.
Additional amendments in 2000 and 2008 expanded the requirements, adding that campuses must also include information regarding sex offender registry as well as campus safety and emergency response protocols.
Each year, colleges are required to publish the reports by the federal deadline of Oct. 1.
Xavier sent out an email to the university on Sept. 30 with a link to the 58-page report.
According to Xavier’s Clery compliance and safety coordinator Ken Grossman, no major spikes in crime occurred in 2013.
“We look for spikes. If all of the sudden we went from three burglaries to 20 burglaries, then there’s something there. The statistics … are comparable to other years. There’s nothing that jumps out that says we need to be worried. (The statistics) make an accurate representation of the crimes that occurred on campus,” Grossman said.
Below is an abridged version of the crime statistics that were included with this year’s report. To see the full version of the Clery statistics and the safety information that is included in the report, visit xavier.edu/clery and click on the Annual Security report tab.