California State University, Stanislaus remains a safe campus with low crime numbers in the 2014 Campus Security and Fire Safety Report that was released on Tuesday.
The report released by the University Police Department, which is required of U.S. colleges and universities by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, includes statistics of incidents on campus, in off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the University, and on public property within, adjacent to or accessible from the campus over the past three years.
“We believe CSU Stanislaus provides a safe, healthy environment for our students to learn, grow and thrive,” President Joseph F. Sheley said. “No university will ever be 100 percent crime-free, but our students, faculty and staff look out for one another, which unquestionably contributes to the safety of our campus.”
In 2013 a total of 15 crimes against persons or property were reported to police in 2013 — up from six in 2012 and down from 24 in 2011. Included in the 15 crimes against persons or property is one reported rape and one reported sexual battery.
The report also shows three arrests for liquor law or drug violations — down from seven in 2012 and 22 in 2011 — and a total of 113 liquor or drug referrals that resulted in University disciplinary action.
“As a police department, our goal is to be a partner with the University in the prevention and awareness of criminal activity,” Lt. Andy Roy said. “We are able to do this through support from our administration and strong relationships with student organizations.”
To increase safety efforts on campus, the Safe Campus Committee at CSU Stanislaus are engaged in numerous efforts to create a culture of active participation from bystanders, increase awareness of the many forms of sexual violence experienced by students, and coordinate training initiatives to ensure students are informed, educated, and prepared.
The “Warrior Watch,” a student-led effort, aims to create a culture where students are encouraged to intervene when they observe a potentially dangerous situation and to report sexual assaults and related crimes.
According to campus compliance officer Julie Johnson, if the efforts are successful, there could be an increase in the number of reports of such crimes in the future.
“If we see an increase in the numbers of reported assaults, we’ll know we are reaching our students,” Johnson said. “Every reported assault represents someone who’s gotten the support and resources they need.”
The CSU Stanislaus Campus Security Report is available on the University website. To request a printed copy, call 209-667-3114 or email Public_Safety@csustan.edu. Campus Security Reports from other locations can be found at ope.ed.gov/security.