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University PD releases annual security report

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Report outlines crime on campus as mandated by Clery Act


The UNK Police Department released the Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report in September. Campus crime statistics are compiled in a document and made available to the UNK community. 

The Clery Act requires all colleges in the United States to compile and release information about crimes reported on and around campus annualy.   

The Clery Act is named after Jeanne Ann Clery, a student at Lehigh University who was raped and murdered in her residence hall in 1986. The Clery Act is enforced by the United States Department of Education. 

Crimes reported in the document include homicide, sex offences, Violence Against Women Act offences, hate crimes, liquor law, drug and weapon violations. 

The document shows UNK statistics from the last three years. 

Rape reports have decreased with three reports of rape on campus in 2016 and only one in 2017. There were no reports of other sex offenses, such as fondling, incest and statutory rape.

A robbery and two burglaries were reported on campus in 2017. Two burglaries were also reported in 2016, but there were no reports of robberies. A vehicle was stolen in 2017, though none were the previous years. 

The Violence Against Women Act includes reports of dating violence, domestic violence and stalking. While there was one report of dating violence in 2016, none were reported in 2017. Domestic violence numbers went up from zero reports in 2015 and 2016 to two in 2017. Stalking reports decreased in the past year from 11 reports in 2016 and three in 2017. 

Arrests for liquor law violations on campus have increased from 63 to 67 in 2017. Disciplinary referrals have decreased though, from 35 to 29. 

Drug related arrests on campus decreased by 50 percent in the last year. Disciplinary referrals also decreased by about 84 percent from 2016 to 2017, dropping reports from 12 to two. 

There was one arrest made for a weapons law violation in 2017. There hadn’t been violations in the prior two years. 

Hate crimes are categorized by prejudice and if a classified hate crime is reported, statistics require additional crime categories; theft, simple assault, intimidation and vandalism of property. Two vandalisms based on sexual orientation were reported in 2017, including one intimidation based on race. In 2016, one intimidation and one harassment were reported based on sexual orientation. 

The release of the Clery Act informs the UNK community of crime happenings on and around campus. A new report for 2018 will be released before October 1, 2019. 

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