All reports received by Campus Safety are reflected in our statistics, even when the initial report does not identify the victim by name and the incident cannot be investigated. Since sexual assault is such an underreported crime, we err on the side of including everything reported to our department, even anonymous complaints.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does security handle sexual assault statistics?
Are security officers merely "Rent-a-cops?"
Our officers have diverse backgrounds–many have police experience, including several who worked for years with the Philadelphia Police and Lower Merion Police Departments. We have a female officer who was an investigator with the Philadelphia Special Victims Unit, a manager who has extensive training in Sexual Assault, a Safety Coordinator who is a Deputy Chief with the Brookline Fire Department, as well as people from all sorts of interesting and varied experience. We all undergo extensive training in CPR, First Aid, Cultural Diversity, Crimes Code and Rape and Sexual Assault issues as well. A number of us have advanced degrees (Education, English, Criminal Justice) and many of us have children in college. All of us have a genuine enthusiasm and commitment for maintaining a safe environment for our community.
If I call Campus Safety about a student who is sick from alcohol, do I need to worry about being cited for underage drinking?
It is critically important to call for help whenever a student's health/life may be at risk and that determination should be made by medical professionals. We have an understanding with the local police departments that students, under normal circumstances, will not be cited when an ambulance is called for an alcohol poisoning. (If a student is disorderly or engages in aggressive behavior related to drinking, police have a right to use their discretion to cite). Don't ever hesitate to call security in the case of potential alcohol poisoning. Someone's life may literally be in your hands. Keep an eye on each other and when in doubt it is always best to get help.