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College at Brockport releases Clery Act data

by Breonnah Colon - CAMPUS TALK EDITOR
Tue, Oct 10th 2017 08:00 pm

The College at Brockport has recently released its annual 2016 Safety Report, otherwise known as the Clery Act. This act, formerly known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, is a federal law and is named after a female student who was raped and murdered in her college dorm in April of 1986. The Clery Act requires institutions of higher education to publicly release statistics of crimes that occur on campus as well as school safety policies, according to knowyourix.org. In addition to statistics in relevance to crimes, the Clery Act also requires public institutions to release timely warnings to college communities when there are situations that could pose a threat to public safety that took place or are in the midst of taking place. 

In March of 2013, former president, Barack Obama signed the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act., This actwhich provided an amendment to the Clery Act, requiring for statistics regarding “incidents of dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking” according to gpo.gov. This sort of transparency not only allows current and prospective students to be aware of the events taking place on their college campus, but also allows prospective students a rounded understanding of the sort of circumstances they may be facing at a particular school. 

On Friday, Sept. 23, the college’s administrative assistant to the vice president released a mass email to the student body within the college community in regards to the Clery Act. The email explained, “three years’ worth of statistics are included for certain types of crimes that were reported to have occurred on campus, in or on off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, on public property owned or controlled by the College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to the campus.” 

The email provided an online link to the college’s report as well as information regarding the Campus Fire Safety Report, both of which are available in printed form upon request. The email also provides information regarding available resources for students who may want access to centers such as Student conduct, Title IX and the Chief Diversity Office. The email explains if students text the word “Brockport” to the number 444-999, they will have access to a link which will then allow phone numbers to the aforementioned offices along with several others to automatically be added to the contacts section of student’s cellphones. 

In the latest report published by the college, statistics from the academic years of 2014, 2015 and 2016 are available. Among several crimes reported, the most impactful to have been recorded are those regarding sexual assault, domestic violence, burglary, alcohol and drug violations and weapons violations.

While the college has experienced a drop in issues of sexual assault within the past couple of years, there has been an increase of domestic abuses reported, especially between the past two years. According to the statistics provided by the college’s report, general sexual offenses, rape and fondling have decreased between 2015 where their numbers fells from 11 for sexual offense and six for both rape and fondling, to zero for sexual offenses, four for rape and 1 for fondling in 2016. However, instances of dating violence have increased. There were three instances of dating violence reported in 2015, a number which increased to 10 by 2016. 

There have also been a spike in  the number of drug athough not so drastically, from 46 in 2015 to 79 in 2016. Disciplinary referrals, which are steps taken in order to both punish as well as defer students from participating in similar offenses in the future, also saw an increase in reported incidents. Disciplinary referrals regarding liquor violations increased from 272 in 2015 to 404 in 2016. An increase in disciplinary referrals due to drug violations rose from 31 in 2015 to 47 in 2016.

While there is still work to be done, the college does hold programs and other informational sessions to address these issues and promote a healthy and safe college community. Statistics regarding all aspects of crime which took place on or around campus within the past three years are available at brockport.edu for all students to have access to. Transparency is the best first step in the right direction. If we can all see the statistics we can also be a part of the solution. 

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