Crime Statistics and Information
The Clery Act requires all institutions to collect crime reports from a variety of individuals and organizations that Clery considers to be "campus security authorities. "Campus security authority" is a Clery-specific term and because official responsibilities and job titles vary significantly on campuses, a list of specific titles is listed in the Annual Security Report. Under Clery, a crime is "reported" when it is brought to the attention of a campus security authority or local law enforcement personnel by a victim, witness, other third party or even the offender. It doesn't matter whether or not the individuals involved in the crime, or reporting the crime, are associated with the institution.
If a campus security authority receives the crime information and believes it was provided in good faith, he or she should document it as a crime report via the Campus Security Authority Incident Report From. In "good faith" means there is a reasonable basis for believing that the information is not simply rumor or hearsay. That is, there is little or no reason to doubt the validity of the information. What you must disclose, therefore, are statistics from reports of alleged criminal incidents. It is not necessary for the crime to have been investigated by the police or a campus security authority, nor must a finding of guilt or responsibility be made to disclose the statistic. Campus security authority is not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place—that is the function of law enforcement personnel. A campus security authority should not try to apprehend the alleged perpetrator of the crime. That too is the responsibility of law enforcement. It's also not a CSA's responsibility to try and convince a victim to contact law enforcement if the victim chooses not to do so.
If you are a Campus Security Authority and wish to report a crime, please complete the Campus Security Authority Incident Report Form. If the crime poses an immediate or ongoing threat to the security and safety of the community, please dial 911. You can submit the form electronically or print and mail to:
University Police and Public Safety
The Pennsylvania State University
Attn: Compliance Coordinator
30 Eisenhower Parking Deck
University Park, PA 16802
Annual Security Reports
Annually, Penn State publishes a report entitled "Policies, Safety, & U." The report contains crime statistics from the previous three years that were reported to local police agencies, or to campus security authorities that occurred at the following locations:
- On campus
- In certain off-campus buildings, owned, or controlled by Penn State
- Public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
The statistics in the report reflect the number of criminal incidents reported to the various authorities. The report also includes institutional policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.
This report is a result of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and complies with Federal reporting requirements, specifically 20 U.S. Code Section 1092(f).
Penn State "Police Safety, &, U" Pamphlets
College of Medicine
Dickinson School of Law
Erie, The Behrend College
Fayette (revised 10/11/12)
Harrisburg (revised 10/17/12)
Hazleton (revised 10/11/12)
Mont Alto (revised 10/11/12)
University Park (revised 10/17/12)