Clery Act & Crime Reporting
To view the Annual Clery & Crime Statistics Report, click here .
To view the Clery Incident Report Form, click here .
Campus Safety Comparison
Office of Postsecondary Education provides a tool that allows campus comparisons of select aggregated safety and security related data for the last three years.
Go to http://ope.ed.gov/security/ and click on the “Get aggregated data for a group of campuses” link.
Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The Florida Atlantic University Police Department provides annual crime statistics in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Campus Crime Statistics Act. These statistics include reports from the University Police, other University officials and law enforcement agencies in areas surrounding the seven FAU campuses and sites.
In an effort to provide timely notice to the University community in the event of a Clery Act crime that may pose a serious or ongoing threat to members of the community, the Police Department issues “Timely Warnings” under the direction of the Chief of Police. The Police Department will generally issue Timely Warnings for the following crimes: arson; aggravated assault; criminal homicide; robbery; burglary; sex assaults; and hate crimes. The Police Department will post these warnings through a variety of ways, including but not limited to posters, emails, and media. The University also has the ability to use the emergency mass notification system to send alerts via text messages, Social Media, mass emails, telephone call out, outdoor warning sirens, indoor mass notification system (Boca), webpages and hotlines. The emergency mass notification system can be a very effective way to send important information to the University community. The purpose of these Timely Warnings is to notify the University community of the incident and to provide information that may enable the community to take steps to protect themselves from similar incidents. The warning will be issued through the University e-mail system to students, faculty and staff, and posted on the University Police website at http://www.fau.edu/police/. The University will issue Timely Warnings whenever the following criteria are met: (1) a crime is committed; (2) the perpetrator has not been apprehended; and (3) there is a substantial risk to the physical safety of other members of the University community because of this crime. Such crimes include, but are not limited to: (1) Clery Act crimes that are reported to any campus security authority or the University Police Department; or (2) the University determines that the incident represents an ongoing threat to the campus community. Additionally, the University Police Department may, in some circumstances, issue Timely Warnings when there is a pattern of crimes against persons or property. At Florida Atlantic University, the Chief of Police, and the Vice President of Administrative Affairs and the University President, or their designees can all make the determination, in consultation with other University offices, if a Timely Warning is required. For incidents involving off-campus crimes, the University may issue a Timely Warning if the crime occurred in a location used and frequented by the University population.
The daily logged police blotter is immediately accessible via computer by all faculty, staff and students. Anyone with information, which they believe may constitute the issuance of a timely warning, should report the circumstances to the University Police through Central Dispatch at 561-297-3500.
Each year, an e-mail notification is made to all enrolled students, faculty and staff that provides the web link to access this report. Hard copies of the report may also be obtained at the University Police Department located in CO 69 or by calling Police Central Dispatch at 561-297-3500. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from FAU’s Department of Human Resources located in IS 4 or by calling Police Central Dispatch. Attendees at new employee orientation receive a copy of this report.
To contact University Police Central Dispatch on all campuses, call 561-297-3500 or use the Code Blue telephones located in the residential halls, parking lots and throughout the campuses. Any suspicious activity, or person seen in the parking lots or loitering around vehicles, inside buildings or around the residential halls should be reported to the police department. In addition, you may report a non-emergency crime to the following areas:
1. Dean of Students
561-297-3542 Building SS 226
2. Health Services
561-297-3512 Building SS 240
3. Director, Student Health Center
561-297-3516 Building SS 234
4. Director, Human Resources
561-297-3057 Building AD 113
5. Director, Equal Opportunity Programs
561-297-3004 Building AD 265
6. Attorney’s Office
561-297-3007 Building AD367
7. Victim Advocate
561-297-0500 Building CO 69
8. Director, Housing and Residential Life
561-297-3907 Building SH 215
Confidential Reporting Procedures
If you are the victim of a crime and are unsure if you want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system, you may still discuss your case with the Chief of Police or Victim Advocate to learn about your options. You may also speak confidentially with a counselor from FAU’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Pastoral figures are also able to maintain confidentiality. The Chief of Police or the Victim Advocate may be told of the details of the incident (without filing a police report) in confidence. The purpose of disclosing to the Chief or the Victim Advocate is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure your future safety and the safety of others. With such information, the University can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. These incidents are counted and disclosed in the annual crimes statistics for the institution with no identifying information.
The FAU Police Department operates an anonymous crime-reporting program through the police department web page called the "Silent Witness Program." Confidential reports may also be submitted at http://www.fau.edu/police/silentwitness.php, or you may call 561-297-INFO (4636). All tips will be taken seriously, and all information provided will be kept in confidence.
It is the policy of Florida Atlantic University to immediately notify the University community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on FAU’s campuses, unless issuing a notification will worsen or compromise efforts to contain the emergency.
Normally, the University’s first responders, the University Police, are the ones who confirm the existence of a credible emergency event or threat with a call being received through the 24-hour University warning point. However, in the event that a University Police Officer is not yet at the scene of the emergency event or threat, or on a partner campus where University Police presence is small, confirmation may occur from other local emergency responders (i.e. City/County Law Enforcement or Fire Rescue) or a person or group who can authorize the notification as outlined below. This person or group will notify University Police and/or may authorize initiation of appropriate FAU Alert System components.
The following criteria must be considered to determine if activation of any or all alert system components is warranted:
• What is the hazard?
• What is the impact to FAU? (single building, single area on one campus, one campus, regional event)
• Is the situation under control or still ongoing?
• What is the potential for the situation to worsen?
Life Safety / Property Protection
• What is the potential for death?
• What is the potential for serious injury?
• What is the potential for minor injury?
• What is the potential for damage to property and facilities?
• What is the potential for disruption to normal course of business?
• How soon does the message need to go out? (minutes, hours, days)
• Is there time for approval?
• Who needs to be alerted and where? (Administration, faculty, staff, students, visitors, all campuses, one campus, sector of campus, community, etc.
Delivery Method Capabilities
• Does the delivery method have the capability to deliver an appropriate message to the appropriate audience within the necessary timeframe?
The University Police Dispatch Center on the Boca Raton campus is the 24-hour warning point for FAU. It is the main point through which information is received regarding emergency events or threats that may require emergency notification of all or parts of the University community. When the University Police Department is made aware of a potential or actual emergency situation, the highest ranking FAUPD official on duty shall immediately utilize the chain of command to notify the Chief of University Police. The Chief of Police will then contact the VP of Administrative Affairs. If the VP of Administrative Affairs cannot be reached, the President should be contacted.
Alternatively, as soon as an Executive Policy Group (EPG) member is made aware of an incident, crisis, or emergency situation, the EPG member should first contact police or fire rescue, if needed and then contact the VP of Administrative Affairs. It is the VP of Administrative Affairs’ responsibility to ensure that the President or designee and appropriate members of the EPG are aware of the situation. If the VP of Administrative Affairs cannot be reached, the President should be contacted.
Authorization to send emergency notifications involving immediate threats to the health and safety of the University community will be given by the highest ranking individual listed below as circumstances permit. President’s designees can authorize the immediate launch of emergency messages without consultation if in their judgment delay in notification would compromise the health and safety of the University community.
The individuals authorized to determine whether an alert should be launched are:
• Vice President, Administrative Affairs
• Chief of University Police
• Director, Environmental Health and Safety
• Highest Ranking University Police Department officer on site or available by phone
• Highest ranked campus administrator on site (for emergencies affecting partner campuses)
• Assistant Dean, College of Education, PK-12 Schools and Educational Programs (for emergencies affecting A.D. Henderson University Schools and Karen Slattery Educational Research Center only)
Numerous standing messages have been authorized and exist within several alert component systems such as telephone call out, mass e-mail, text message and outdoor warning sirens. Message wording is approved by the person or group authorizing the notification as outlined.
Other message language and wording is governed by the following:
Length of message is dictated by the distribution method selected; i.e., text messages are limited to a specified number of characters.
• Messages should include several key elements:
• Indication the notification is from FAU Alert in beginning of message.
• Message/Announcement number and/or date/time stamp.
• Brief description of the incident.
• Actions affected population should take; i.e., evacuate building, avoid area of campus, or shelter in place.
• Reference FAU Homepage or appropriate information source for obtaining additional information and updates.
• Reporting information to appropriate authorities.
• Additional or supplemental information should include the following:
An initial notification to the university is made when the Chief of Police or another individual who has the authority to authorize emergency notifications has confirmed that an emergency situation actually poses, or may reasonably be expected to pose, an immediate threat to life safety or security of the campus population. If, in the professional judgment of the individual(s) with the authority to authorize emergency notifications, issuing an emergency notification will create a more serious emergency and/or compromise the University’s efforts to contain the emergency, a notification should not be made.
Follow up/status update notifications to the University are sent after an initial notification message has been previously disseminated. These notifications are released when there is new information or instructions for the University population, such as changes in protective actions. Messages are also sent at appropriate intervals to reiterate the current state of the emergency, especially if significant time has passed since the last update. The individuals authorized to determine whether an alert message should be launched determine when the emergency follow up/status update notifications are disseminated as warranted.
Full testing of the FAU Alert system components occurs at least three times a year. This testing is normally scheduled for the last Thursday of the months of February, June and September. These tests are announced to the University community, key external partners, local emergency management officials and the surrounding communities.
The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency. At FAU, evacuation drills are used as a way to educate and train occupants on fire safety issues specific to their building. During the drill, occupants ‘practice’ drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm. In addition to educating the occupants of each building about the evacuation procedures during the drills, the process also provides the University an additional opportunity to test the operation of fire alarm system components. Evacuation drills are conducted at least once a year and are normally unannounced. Evacuation procedures can be accessed online, including directives for individuals with disabilities and those who may be aiding them in emergency events or threats that warrant evacuation at www.fau.edu/emergency.
The FAU Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the police. Because police reports are public records under state law, the FAU Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence; however, state law protects the identity of the victims of sex crimes. Confidential reporting for purposes of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can be reported to the Victim Advocate and/or the Chief of Police, and no police report will be taken.
Dispatchers are available to answer your call 24 hours a day at the FAU Police Central Dispatch (561-297-3500). This number is available at all of FAU’s seven campuses and sites.
In response to a call, FAUPD will take the required action to address your needs. Non-emergency calls, such as to obtain information on reporting, victim rights and confidential reporting, may also be directed to the Victim Advocate (561-297-0500).
All incident reports involving student referrals are forwarded to the Dean of Students office for review and potential action. FAUPD detectives will investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate. Additional information obtained via the investigation also will be forwarded to the Dean of Students. All incidents will be reviewed and investigated on an individual basis. When a potentially dangerous threat to the University community arises, timely warnings will be issued through the appropriate means.
Crimes should be reported to the University Police Department to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate.
Missing Persons Procedures
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (effective August 14, 2008) requires any institution participating in a Title IV federal student financial aid program that maintains on-campus housing facilities to establish a missing student notification policy and related procedures. The following policy and related procedures will serve as Florida Atlantic University’s official Missing Student Policy. The following procedures will be listed in the Guidebook as well as through signage at check-in.
When completing Key Cards/RCRs upon checking-in to an assigned space, the student will have the option to identify an individual to be contacted no later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined missing. This person will be the emergency contact designated.
If a student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the Department of Housing and Residential Life is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours following the determination that the student is missing. This contact will be the parent/guardian listed on the student information release on the University Housing Contract.
When it is determined that a student is apparently missing from the University, staff at Florida Atlantic, in collaboration with University Police and local law enforcement (if necessary), will be guided by this Missing Student Policy and standing operating procedures to locate the student. The Missing Student Policy requires anyone who believes that a Florida Atlantic University student is missing to immediately notify specific staff in the University administration, and the University Police. Specifically, staff in the Office of Residential Life, Vice President for Student Affairs, and the University Police Department shall be contacted so that they can coordinate efforts to locate the student. If a student is thought to be missing, the FAU Police Department will be contacted. The FAU Police Department will make the determination of whether the student has been missing and for how long. Should the student be determined to be missing for 24 hours or more, the designated individual will be contacted. In addition, the Director of Housing and Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students will be contacted.
In accordance with this policy, students will be notified annually that each residential student of the University has the option to confidentially designate an individual to be contacted by the University administration no later than 24 hours after the time that it is determined the student is missing. Florida Atlantic University provides each student with the means and opportunity to register their confidential missing student contact information and this person can be anyone the student designates. Housing student emergency contact information will be registered confidentially and this information will be accessible only to authorized campus officials and it may not be disclosed, except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation. Florida Atlantic University will notify the missing student’s parents or guardian in addition to the person identified as the missing student’s contact person of any student who is under 18 years of age and not an emancipated individual. The University will make contact no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
FAU Police Department will notify the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and any other local law enforcement of the missing student using the established state guidelines and as described in FAU Police Department General Order 9.2.4 – “Missing Persons,” unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that the student was missing. This notification will include any missing student who lives in on-campus housing regardless of age or status, and regardless of whether he or she has registered a confidential missing student or general emergency contact person. This notification will be made no later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined missing.
If the University Police Department personnel has been notified that a student is suspected missing, and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours, the appropriate University staff will initiate emergency contact procedures as outlined in the FAU’s policy and protocol.
During business hours, University property (excluding certain housing facilities and card access buildings) will be open. During non-business hours, access to all University facilities is by key, card access or by admittance via the University Police or Housing and Residential Life staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the University Police will control access. Some particular buildings, such as the library, arena or cafeteria, will have varied and individual hours, and will be secured by the responsible department.
Residence halls are secured 24 hours a day, with admittance by key, card access system or at the discretion of Housing and Residential Life staff or the University Police. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedules and/or may require the closing of the entire campus property.
University officials and students conduct an annual safety tour of the campus usually as a part of Safety month activities. Maintenance of the campuses is the joint responsibility of Facilities Planning, Physical Plant, and Engineering and Utilities.
Campus Police Authority and Jurisdiction
Monitoring and Reporting of Criminal Activity Off-Campus
University Police personnel work closely with local, state and federal police agencies, and have direct radio communication with the Boca Raton, Jupiter and Port St. Lucie Police Departments. The University Police Department is also a part of the Palm Beach County 911 Emergency System and a member of Palm Beach County’s Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Agreement. Because of these relationships, outside agencies will contact University personnel when an FAU student is involved in criminal activity if that student self-discloses his or her FAU affiliation. At this time, FAU does not have any sanctioned off-campus housing facilities.
By mutual agreement with state and federal agencies, the University Police Department maintains a NLETS (National Law Enforcement Telecommunications Network) terminal. Through this system, police personnel may access the NCIC (National Crime Information Computer) system as well as the FCIC (Florida Crime Information Center). These computer databases are used for accessing criminal history data, nationwide police records, driver/vehicle identification information, as well as other local, state and federal law enforcement information.
Security Awareness and Prevention Programs
There are a number of prevention programs that are routinely conducted throughout the year. A sample of programs presented by the Office of Health and Wellness Education include: Stalking Awareness Campaign, Safer Spring Break Festival, Sexual Assault Awareness, Walk a Mile in Her shoes Men’s March, and Sexual Assault Flag Campaign.
Rape Aggression Defense (RAD)
RAD classes are taught by personnel of the University Police Department throughout the year on a number of campuses and are offered to not only students, staff and faculty but to interested members of the community. RAD students also receive education about the availability of victim services for crimes committed both on and off campus. Dates for classes are posted on the FAUPD website.
FAUPD encourages the campus community to be responsible for their safety and that of others by reporting any suspicious activities in a timely manner.
The University Police Website, located at www.fau.edu/police/, contains crime statistics, the current police blotter, upcoming self-defense classes (RAD) and information on a variety of subjects, including acquaintance rape, sexual assault, drugs and alcohol, identity theft, campus safety, victimization and other crime prevention topics. The department’s anonymous crime-reporting program, the "Silent Witness Program,” can be found at http://www.fau.edu/police/silentwitness.php.
Crime Prevention Programs
During orientations throughout the year, students and their parents are presented with information on police services, property safety, personal safety and sexual assault prevention by members of Florida Atlantic University. Similar information is presented to all new employees. Crime prevention programs and sexual assault prevention programs are offered on a continual basis during the year by law enforcement officials and other on campus groups such as Resident Life, Today Wellness and Beyond, Student Health Services and student groups. Programs address such topics as theft, personal safety, relationship and domestic violence, cyber-stalking and stalking, bias-based crimes, traffic safety, sexual assault and other important crime avoidance topics. In addition to these programs, the university created Safety Month, a month of activities on FAU’s campuses in which the university devotes specific attention to issues related to safety and security.
University Substance Abuse Policy
FAU is committed to providing a safe and orderly environment for all members of the campus community. To accomplish this goal, the University has established a University Substance Abuse Policy, which advises all members that it is unlawful to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess and/or use illegal drugs on university property. Any violation of this policy and/or state and federal laws regarding drugs may result in prosecution and/or campus disciplinary action. The use of alcoholic beverages by members of the University community is at all times subject to state laws and the University Alcohol Policy and guidelines. It is unlawful for any person to sell, give, serve or permit to be served alcoholic beverages to any person less than 21 years of age. Housing also provides specific guidelines regarding the use of alcohol in all resident areas. University programs are available to assist students and employees who may be in need of drug or alcohol counseling, and treatment or rehabilitation programs. Information on alcohol and drug abuse programs may be obtained by visiting the following link: http://www.echeckuptogo.com/usa/.
FAU’s Counseling & Psychological Services provides students with psychological assessment and screening, short-term treatment of appropriate cases, or referral to other treatment resources as needed. The main contact number is 561-297-3540. An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can provide university employees help in dealing with alcohol or drug use problems. Information regarding EAP may be obtained through the Office of Human Resources at 561-297-3057, or directly by calling 1-800-865-3200.
The University Police Department maintains a policy to ensure sexual assault victims are afforded sensitivity and compassionate consideration. Investigating officers have received specialized training in the investigation of sex offenses. Topics discussed are Florida law, university philosophy and policy, sensitivity to the needs and feelings of the victim, support resources, and investigative methods.
• The department will ensure a Victim Advocate is available throughout the process to address you and your significant others’ needs, answering questions and explaining the justice process.
• The department will ensure a Victim Advocate is available during all interviews with you, according to your request.
• The department will treat you with courtesy, sensitivity, dignity and understanding.
• The department will act thoughtfully, without prejudging or placing blame, will consider each case seriously regardless of your gender, and will diligently investigate each case.
• The department will inform you of services available on and off campus.
• Your name and identifying information will be withheld from the public and press in accordance with the Florida Public Records Law.
• The department will remember, at all times, that you are a person who has suffered great trauma and will respect that this may affect your actions and emotions.
Most sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows. Stranger assaults do happen but not nearly as frequently as an assault by an acquaintance.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault at FAU, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The FAU Police Department strongly advises that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault can be reported directly to any University police officer, police dispatch, the victim advocate or by calling 911. You may speak to the victim advocate without making a police report or the advocate will assist you in notifying law enforcement agencies, the Dean of Students, Title IX offices or local victim service agencies. Filing a police report with the FAU police will not obligate the victim to prosecute nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers. Filing a police report will:
• ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim; because of legislation passed in 2007, victims are not required to report a sexual battery in order to have a forensic sexual assault exam that is paid for by victim compensation. Victims also have a formalized right to have an advocate present during the exam.
• provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later. In order for police to collect evidence of the assault, it is best if you do not bathe, shower, douche, brush your teeth, urinate, defecate, change, or launder clothing or bedding. Clothing and/or bedding may be taken as evidence. You will receive a physical exam, and pictures will be taken as evidence.
• assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention. These resources are available to non-reporting victims also. Students have mental health counseling services available to them through the FAU Counseling and Psychological Services (561-297-3540) and health services at Student Health Services (561-297-3512) at no charge. Employees have mental health counseling services available to them through the Employee Assistance Program (800-865-3200). Counseling and support services outside the University system can be obtained through the Palm Beach County victim services or Broward Women in Distress. FAU personnel can help you make these connections, if you chose.
When a sexual assault victim contacts the FAU Police Department, a victim advocate is notified as well. The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the FAU judicial System, or only the latter. (Title IX reporting is also available: see next paragraph.) The victim advocate will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision.
At Florida Atlantic University, a student can also report sexual violence to the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs (561-297-3004). According to the Title IX Dear Colleague letter issued in April of 2011, sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person’s will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to the victim’s use of drugs or alcohol. An individual also may be unable to give consent due to a disability. A number of different acts fall into the category of sexual violence, including rape. It is important to understand that Title IX does not simply refer to athletes. Reporting will initiate an investigation by the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs if the student desires. This reporting can be in addition to or instead of reporting to University Police, the Dean of students, and Victim Services.
University disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in the Student Code of Conduct. This booklet describes University policy, which provides, in part, that the accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose one person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the University sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the University. Sanctions imposed may be: educational activities, counseling assessment and treatment, community\University service, changes in University housing, restitution, restriction or revocation of privileges, student conduct warning, student conduct probation, suspension, deferred suspension, revocation of admission or degree, withholding of degree, expulsion, or any other appropriate action. Student victims have the option to change their academic and/or on-campus living situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available. Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. Information concerning outcome of a judicial hearing is the right of the victim, and will be made available to victims, according to the Student Code of Conduct policy (If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim may request the report on the results of disciplinary proceeding.)
The Student Code of Conduct booklet is available from the Dean of Student or at this link: http://www.fau.edu/regulations/chapter4/REGULATION%204%20007%207-1-15.pdf.
If you wish assistance in notifying University Police or other law enforcement agencies about a sexual battery or other crime, you may contact the Victim Advocate. You may report a sexual assault without filing a police report to the Victim Advocate and still receive assistance. See sections on Confidential Reporting Procedures and Victim Advocacy Program.
Victim Advocacy Program
FAU Victim Services is intended to assist students, staff and faculty with the traumatizing consequences of being a victim of crime even if the crime occurred off campus. Victim services are also available to campus visitors who may be victimized on any FAU campus. http://www.fau.edu/police/operations/victimservices/ (561-297-0500 or email@example.com)
Because most people have little contact with the criminal justice system, it can be confusing, intimidating and frustrating. FAU’s Police Department will provide the members of our community, who are criminally victimized, with information and services to lessen the impact of victimization. The Victim Advocate can:
• Provide crisis intervention
• Give you information about a victim’s rights according to Florida Statutes
• Help you evaluate your options
• Document absences caused by judicial appearances for school or employers
• Help you create a safety plan
• Assist you in reporting crimes both on and off any campus
• Accompany you to appointments/interviews at police stations, the state attorney's office, court rooms, Dean of Students, human resources, Office of Equal Opportunity, judicial hearings and other places
• Provide you with referrals to social services, such as counseling, legal and medical services
• Coordinate assistance and services to your individual needs
• Explain how the judicial process works
• Provide you with information about the progress of your individual case
• Explain and help you apply for victim compensation as designated by Florida Statute 960
• Act as your liaison to the Criminal Justice Community
• Assist with changes in academic and living arrangements if desired and available
• Help you request HIV testing of perpetrators
• Act as a liaison between victim and Palm Beach County Victim Services to ensure they are present for any forensic exam
Crime victims frequently experience a myriad of feelings. Victim Services offers resources and referrals to assist victims in managing and understanding the emotions and physical reactions. Victims often need help changing from victim to survivor.
Sometimes victims are reluctant to report crimes or are not sure whether what occurred is a crime. You can discuss your situation with an advocate and decide if a crime truly occurred and if you want to report it to the police. You can speak to the advocate without revealing your identity. While making an official report is encouraged, it is never required. Victim Services is available even if the crime is not reported.
All services are free and confidential; however, Florida State Statute does require some types of crime information be reported to the appropriate authorities, such as mandatory reporting of child abuse or the abuse of a vulnerable adult. The FAU victim advocate is also subject to court orders.
The Community Service Officer Program
(CSO) program was initiated in 1997. This program employs students in a security capacity on the Boca Raton campus. The objectives of the CSO program are to provide a safer living and working environment for the campus community, to enhance safety through vehicle, foot and golf cart patrol, and to provide FAU students with information about campus safety. All CSO employees are provided with basic security and first aid training. Hours of operation on the weekdays: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. Hours of operation may vary during the summer. CSOs also patrol all resident halls 7 days a week from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. The CSOs also patrol in all residence halls 7 days a week from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.
Annual Fire Safety Report
This report is produced and maintained by Environmental Health and Safety and is available at http://www.fau.edu/facilities/ehs/HEOA.pdf.
Paper copies are also available in the police lobby along with the Annual Report of Crime Statistics.
Clery Act Crimes
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092 (f)) requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around campuses. The University Police collects the Clery crime statistics disclosed in the following charts through a number of methods.
The University Police maintains a close relationship with all police departments where Florida Atlantic University owns or controls property to ensure that crimes reported directly to these police departments that involve the University are brought to the attention of the University Police. In addition to collecting Clery crimes from local police departments, all reports of crime incidents made directly to the University Police (through police dispatchers and officers) are entered into an integrated computer aided-dispatch systems/records management system. The entries are recorded in the system in accordance with the crime definitions outlined in the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Uniform Crime Reports Guide Manual and the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program Summary. To ensure each report is appropriately classified in the correct crime category, after a dispatcher or officer enters the report in the system, a Department administrator reviews the report to ensure it is appropriately classified. The Department also periodically examines data in the system for appropriate classification.
In addition to the crime data that the University Police maintains, the University collects Clery crime statistics of reports made to various campus security authorities, as defined in this report. The statistics reported in the following charts generally reflect the number of criminal incidents reported to the various campus security authorities. The statistics reported for the subcategories on liquor laws, drug laws, and weapons offenses represent the number of people arrested or referred to campus judicial authorities for respective violations, not the number of offenses documented.
Definitions of Reportable Crimes
Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter – defined as the willful killing of one human being by another and include any death caused by injuries received in a fight, argument, quarrel, assault or commission of a crime.
Negligent Manslaughter – defined as the killing of another person through gross negligence of another which is the intentional failure to perform a manifest duty in reckless disregard of the consequences as affecting the life or property of another.
Forcible Sex Offenses – defined as any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against the person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent. Including: forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling.
Forcible Rape – is the carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity (or because of his/her youth); penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person or object, without the consent of the victim. This offense includes the forcible rape of both males and females.
Non-forcible Sex Offense – unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse, including incest and statutory rape.
Robbery – defined as taking or attempting to take anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody or care of another person by force, threat of force, violence, and/or by putting the property custodian in fear.
Aggravated Assault – defined as an unlawful attack by one person upon another where either the offender displays a weapon or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or loss of consciousness.
Burglary – unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.
Motor Vehicle Theft – theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
Arson – the unlawful and intentional damage, or attempt to damage, of any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device.
Domestic Violence – includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies [under VAWA], or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction. Domestic Violence is not defined by Florida State Statutes.
Dating Violence – is defined as violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; where the existence of such relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors: (1) the length of the relationship; (2) the type of the relationship; (3) the frequency of the interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Dating violence is not defined by Florida State Statute.
Stalking – means engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to: (a) fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or (b) suffer substantial emotional distress. In Florida, a person commits the crime of stalking when the person either:
(a) “Harass” means to engage in a course of conduct directed at a specific person which causes substantial emotional distress to that person and serves no legitimate purpose.
(b) “Course of conduct” means a pattern of conduct composed of a series of acts over a period of time, however short, which evidences a continuity of purpose. The term does not include constitutionally protected activity such as picketing or other organized protests.
Hate Crimes – includes all of the crimes listed above that manifest evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because the perpetrator’s bias against the victim based on one of the categories of prejudice listed below, plus the following crimes.
Larceny/Theft – includes pocket picking, purse snatching, shoplifting, theft from building, theft from motor vehicle, theft of motor vehicle parts or accessories, and all other larceny.
Simple Assault – unlawful physical attack by one person upon another where neither the offender displays a weapon, nor the victim suffers obvious sever or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broke bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or loss of consciousness.
Intimidation – to unlawfully place another person in reasonable fear of bodily harm through the use of threatening words and/or other conduct but without displaying a weapon or subjecting the victim to actual physical attack.
Destruction/Damage/Vandalism to Property (except Arson) – to willfully or maliciously destroy, damage, deface, or otherwise injure real or personal property without the consent of the owner or the person having custody or control of it.
Categories of Prejudice
Race – a preformed negative attitude toward a group of persons who possess common physical characteristics genetically transmitted by decent and heredity that distinguish them as a distinct division of humankind.
Gender – a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons because those persons are male or female.
Religion – a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons who share the same religious beliefs regarding the origin and purpose if the universe and the existence or nonexistence of a supreme being.
Sexual Orientation – a preformed negative opinion or attitude a group of persons based on their sexual attraction toward, and responsiveness to, members of their own sex or members of the opposite sex.
Ethnicity/National Origin – a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons of the same race or national origin who share common or similar traits, languages, customs, and traditions.
Disability – a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons based on their physical or mental impairments/challenges, whether such disability is temporary or permanent, congenital or acquired by heredity, accident, injury, advanced age, or illness.
Gender Identity – a preformed negative opinion or attitude toward a group of persons because the perceived gender of those persons may be different from the gender traditionally associated with their gender at birth.
The following tables provide information on reportable offenses according to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. Statistics and other information, as well as a copy of this report, may be found at FAU’s Police website, located at http://www.fau.edu/police/.
Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, and Sexual Violence FAU Title IX Coordinators.
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Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act)
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