Clery Act & Crime Statistics
Florida Atlantic University Police Department
Clery Act Statistics
CLICK HERE for Clery Act Statistics: US Department of Education Office of Postsecondary Education. (Statistics for all seven campuses are available.)
Florida Atlantic University Police Blotter
Florida Sexual Offender
Sexual Offender/Predator Registration in Florida
The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires colleges and universities to issue a statement advising the campus community where state law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offender may be obtained. The act also requires registered sex offenders/predators to provide to appropriate state officials notice of each institution of higher education in that state at which the offender/predator is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student.
Any member of the Florida Atlantic University community who wishes to obtain further information regarding sexual offender/predators in our area may refer to the FDLE website at: offender.fdle.state.fl.us or call 1-888-FL-PREDATOR / 1-888-357-7332). The FDLE searchable database may be used to find all registered sex offenders in any city, county, or zip code in the state. In accordance with Florida State Statute 775.21 ("The Florida Sexual Predators Act") convicted sex offenders in Florida must register with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement ("the FDLE") within 48 hours of establishing permanent or temporary residence. It is then the responsibility of the agency to make required notification to all community members of the presence of predators (only) in any manner deemed appropriate by the agency.
Upon notification of the presence of an offender/predator, it is the responsibility of the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction over the offender/predator's address to inform the Florida Atlantic University Police Department that the offender/predator has stated that he/she is currently enrolled at, living on campus, or employed by the university. The FAU Police Department can then make all prudent notifications to members of the campus community.
Policy for Reporting the Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The Florida Atlantic University Police Department(FAUPD)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 the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus that, in the judgment of the Chief of University Police, constitutes a serious and/or continuing threat, a university wide - “timely warning” will be issued. Notices will be posted in each residence hall and along the Breezeway. 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 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 “Press 9”.
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 “Press 9”. All prospective employees may obtain a copy from FAU’s Department of Human Resources located in AD 10 or by calling Police Central Dispatch. Attendees at new employee orientation receive a copy of this report.
Emergency Notification and Evacuation Procedures
It is the policy of FloridaAtlanticUniversity 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 campuses, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency.
Normally the University’s first responders (University Police) are the ones who confirm the existence of an 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 local emergency responders (i.e. City/County Departments or Fire Rescue) or a member of the University’s alert authorization group. This member will notify University Police and/or may initiate appropriate FAU Alert System components.
FAU Alert System components currently include - blast e-mails, telephone alerts, text messaging, a University hotline, sirens/outdoor warning systems, office phone voicemail, media advisories, use of social media, and web alerts.
The following criteria are evaluated to determine if activation of the FAU Alert System is warranted and which components will be utilized:
• type of emergency event and its impact or potential impact on life safety (death, serious injury, minor injury).
• impact to FAU facilities (single building, single area on one campus, one campus, regional event).
• potential for the emergency event to worsen or spread.
These factors will determine the urgency with which the message needs to be disseminated (minutes, hours, days) and the affected groups and audiences to be alerted. Appropriate notification tools will be employed to notify the University community unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Alert content includes the following: FAU Alert in beginning of message, a brief description of the incident, and actions to be taken. Depending on the system used, it can also indicate targeted populations and where to seek additional information and updates. The larger community is notified via media advisories, and key external contacts are notified using unit notification trees.
The following individuals are authorized to determine whether an alert message should be launched:
• Sr. Vice President, Finance and Administration
• Vice President, Facilities
• Chief of University Police
• Director, Environmental Health and Safety
• Deputy Chief of University Police
• Associate Director, Environmental Health and Safety
• Highest Ranking University Police Department officer on site or available by phone
• Campus Vice President or highest ranked campus administrator on site (for emergencies affecting partner campuses)
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 when campuses are equipped with outdoor warning systems. Some FAU Alert System components undergo unannounced daily testing, such as sirens, while others are used on a daily basis for other types of information dissemination.
FAU maintains web-based information at http://www.fau.edu/facilities/ehs/info/FAU-Alert-System.php on each FAU Alert System component as well as an all hazards Crisis Action Guide at http://www.fau.edu/admin/EmergencyInformation.php.
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 within the Crisis Action Guide, including directives for individuals with disabilities and those who may be aiding them in emergency events or threats that warrant evacuation. These directives are available online at http://www.fau.edu/admin/EmergencyInformation.php.
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 of StudentHealthCenter, 561-297-3516 / Building SS 234
4. Director of 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 69
8. Director of Housing and Residential Education, 561-297-3907 Building SH 215
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 911 ON ALL CAMPUSES. CENTRAL DISPATCH 561-297-3500 “Press 9”.
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 make a confidential report. The Chief of Police or the Victim Advocate may be told of the details of the incident in confidence. The purpose of confidential reporting 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 on the Silent Witness Reporting Page, or you may call 561-297-INFO (4636). All tips will be taken seriously, and all information provided will be kept in confidence.
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 “Press 9”). This number is available at all of FAU’s seven campuses and sites. IN CASE OF EMERGENCY CALL 911 ON ALL CAMPUSES. 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 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 Education 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.
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.
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.
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.)
Student Code of Conduct
The Student Code of Conduct booklet is available from the Dean of Student or at this link:
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 confidentially to the Victim Advocate and still receive assistance. See sections on Confidential Reporting Procedures and Victim Advocacy Program.
IN CASE OF EMERGENCY, CALL 911 ON ALL CAMPUSES. CENTRAL DISPATCH 561-297-3500 “Press 9”
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.
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 Education 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 Education 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
The FAU Police Department has complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on-campus and areas immediately adjacent to a campus. If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by a University student, the campus police may also refer the individual to the Dean of Students.
Major offenses may involve joint investigative efforts with other local and state law enforcement agencies. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at county, state and federal court levels.
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 (FloridaCrimeInformationCenter). 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.
Crime Prevention Programs
For more information on FAU Police Department Crime Prevention Programs CLICK HERE.
Victim Advocacy Program
For more information on FAU Police Department Victim Advocacy Program CLICK HERE.
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.
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.
For more information on Title IX Click Here to download the PDF
Campus Sexual Violence Elimination Act (Campus SaVE Act)
For more information on the Campus SaVE Act Click Here to download the PDF.