The Washington University Police Department (“WUPD”) and, depending on the location of the crime, the Washington University School of Medicine Protective Services Department (“Protective Services”) are responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f) et seq.
The decision to issue a timely warning will be made on a case-by-case basis after consideration of the available facts. Factors that will be considered in determining whether an alert will be issued include:
- whether there is a serious ongoing or continuing threat to students or employees;
- whether an alert would compromise law enforcement efforts;
- and whether the university has reliable information that, if disseminated, could help prevent similar crimes.
A timely warning will be considered whenever a campus security authority receives a report that a crime in one of the following classifications has occurred on or near campus or when a local law enforcement agency notifies the university that a crime in one of these classifications has occurred near campus or off campus in an area proximate to university owned and managed student housing: criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Depending upon other circumstances, other crimes may also trigger the consideration of a timely warning.
Anyone with information that may warrant a timely warning should contact WUPD at (314) 935-5555 or Protective Services at (314) 362-HELP (4357).
Timely warnings will be issued to the campus community or, where appropriate, those members of the campus community residing in the area subject to the ongoing threat, through the university’s email notification system, postings on WUPD or Protective Services websites, physical postings on doors and bulletin boards, and/or other notification methods as deemed appropriate.
Preparation of Annual Disclosure of Crime Statistics
The university prepares the Annual Security Report contained herein to comply with the Campus Security Act. This report is prepared by WUPD and Protective Services, in cooperation with other campus departments, including Housing and Residential Life, Campus Life, the Office of Judicial Programs, Campus Operations, Emergency Management, Facilities Planning and Management, Parking and Transportation Services, Student Health Services, and Human Resources.
Federal law requires that the university disclose statistics for the offenses below that occur
(1) on campus;
(2) in or on non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the university; and
(3) on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus, as those terms are defined in the Campus Security Act.
Under the Campus Security Act, the following criminal offenses must be reported and disclosed: murder, manslaughter (both negligent and non-negligent), sex offenses (both forcible and non-forcible), aggravated assault, arson, burglary, robbery and motor vehicle theft. In addition, the university is required to provide statistics related to liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and weapon law violations that resulted in either an arrest or documented referral for disciplinary action.
Finally, the university is required to disclose statistics for a separate category of bias-related “hate” crimes, including murder, non-negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, larceny-theft, vandalism, intimidation, simple assault and damage/destruction/vandalism of property.
Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to WUPD, Protective Services, individuals designated “Campus Security Authorities” as defined by the U.S. Department of Education, and local law enforcement agencies.
In collecting the statistics to be reported, the university requests data from local law enforcement authorities in the cities of St. Louis, Clayton, Maryland Heights, University City and in St. Louis County.
Each day, WUPD and Protective Services make available on their respective websites and in the WU Police Department lobby a Media Log that lists the date, time, location, description, and disposition of incidents that occur on campus. The Danforth Campus information is also routinely published in the student campus newspaper, Student Life, and the faculty and staff newspaper, The Record.
Media log reports for the Medical Campus are available at wusmproserv.wustl.edu.
Media log reports for the Danforth Campus are available on the Clery Reports pages of this website.
Each year, the university sends an email notifying all students, faculty, and staff of the Annual Security Report and providing a link to the Safety and Security Brochure on the university’s website.
Hard copies of the brochure may be printed from the website or obtained in person from WUPD or Protective Services.