Current Annual Security Report

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Current crime report

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2017 Crime Report (XLSX)
Campus security act compliance

This Safety and Security information is intended to be a convenient source of information to help members of the Washington University in St. Louis community keep themselves and each other safe. It is also distributed as part of the university's obligations under the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, which requires universities to collect and disseminate campus crime statistics and other related information.

  1. Report of Statistics

    Washington University in St. Louis’s 2017 Report of Statistics for the Danforth Campus is available online (see links to the right).

    The university's 2017 Report of Statistics for the Medical Campus is available at under Campus Crime Statistics.

    To obtain a hard copy please contact:
    • Washington University Police Department (WUPD) at (314) 935-5555
    • Washington University School of Medicine Protective Services at (314) 362-HELP (4357)

  2. Campus Policies

    Effective law enforcement involves a cooperative effort on the part of each member of the entire university community. In support of this effort, all victims of or witnesses to a crime on campus are strongly encouraged to report the crime immediately to:

    • WUPD, (314) 935-5555 or at WUPD office
    • Protective Services (314) 362-HELP (4357)
    • A blue light emergency telephone.

    Victims of or witnesses to off-campus crimes are strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately to report the crime.

    In addition to the policies, procedures and recommendations, and in accordance with the Campus Security Act, the university further provides the following statements and information.

    1. Timely Warnings:

      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.

    2. 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

      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.

  3. Security Policies

    Please visit the Police Services pages of this site or review the Facilities Access section of the Washington University in St. Louis 2017-2018 Safety & Security brochure.

  4. Law Enforcement Policies

    Please visit the Report a Crime and Police Services pages of this site.

  5. Educational Programs Regarding Campus Security

    Please visit the Crime Prevention & Safety and Police Services pages of this site.

  6. Crime Prevention

    Please visit the Crime Prevention & Safety and Police Services pages of this site.

  7. Off-Campus Crime

    When a WUSTL student is involved in an off-campus criminal or judicial offense, WUPD may assist with the investigation in cooperation with local, state, or federal law enforcement. Local law enforcement agencies routinely work and communicate with campus officers on any serious incidents occurring on campus or in the immediate areas surrounding campus. Local municipal law enforcement agencies have primary jurisdiction in all areas off campus, including those areas off campus where student organizations recognized by the university may be located; however, WUPD and/or Protective Services can and do often respond to student-related incidents that occur in close proximity to campus. WUPD and Protective Services officers have direct radio communications with local police, fire, and ambulance services to facilitate rapid response in any emergency situation. The university monitors and documents these off-campus criminal activities by its students of which it becomes aware through local police or otherwise, including at off-campus locations of student organizations officially recognized by the university.

  8. Alcohol Policy

    Please review WUSTL’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.

  9. Drug Policy

    Please review WUSTL’s Drug and Alcohol Policy.

  10. Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education

    WUSTL’s Student Health Services offers education and services related to Alcohol and Drug issues. Visit the Student Health Services site to get information and assistance resources for AlcoholIllegal Drugs and Prescription Drugs​.

  11. Sexual Assault Programs

    Please visit the Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse page of this website.

  12. Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

    Under the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, persons required to register under a state offender registration program must notify the state concerning each post-secondary school at which the offender works or is a student. In Missouri, sex offenders must register with the police department in the city or county in which they live or work. To view or purchase registry lists, contact:

    St. Louis City Police
    200 Clark Ave., Room 114
    St. Louis, MO 63103 
    St. Louis County Police 
    7900 Forsyth, Record Room
    Clayton, MO 63105

    The state of Missouri does provide a registered sex offender internet site by counties located at: Missouri Sex Offender Registries. The FBI maintains a Sex Offender Registry for all states. For more information, please view the National Sex Offender Registry​.

  13. Disclosures to Alleged Victims of Crimes of Violence or Non-forcible Sex Offenses

    The university will, upon written request and in accordance with the law, disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence, or a non-forcible sex offense, the results of any disciplinary hearing conducted by the university against the student who is the alleged perpetrator of the crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of the crime or offense, the university will provide the results of the disciplinary hearing to the victim’s next of kin, if so requested.

  14. Emergency Response and Evacuation

    Please visit the Emergency Preparedness pages of this site or

  15. Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedure

    Please visit the Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedure page of this site.​