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?
Officers are not sworn (no arrest/citation powers) and we are not armed.
Our officers have diverse backgrounds–many have police experience, including several who worked for years with the Philadelphia Police and Lower Merion Police Departments. Our Investigator, Kim Callahan, was an Assistant District Attorney with the Delaware County DA’s Office - specializing in special victims cases. Our Safety Officer, Mark Sweeney, is a Deputy Chief and Training Officer with the Brookline Fire Department. All officers and supervisors undergo extensive training in CPR, First Aid, Cultural Diversity, Crimes Code and Sexual Misconduct 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 or other drugs, do I need to worry about being cited?
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. Students who call about another student who has had too much to drink will not be cited when an ambulance is called for an alcohol poisoning. 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.