The Catholic University of America

How to Report Crimes on Campus:

Rules for Employees to Report Campus Crimes under the Federal Campus Security Act
and CUA Safety Practices

The Campus Security Act requires universities to collect and report campus crime statistics. Any employee on campus who is a campus security authority who receives a report, or is aware of certain crimes must immediately report the crime to the Department of Public Safety. Crimes to be reported are listed below. Threats of violence should also be reported to DPS.

Report Crimes to the Dispatcher, Department of Public Safety 202-319-5111 120 Leahy Hall

Campus Security Authority is an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, as well as employees who control or monitor access to some part of campus. Examples are personnel in the Department of Public Safety, Hall Security Assistants in the residence halls, Area Coordinators, Library Monitors, Coaches, the Director of Residence Life, Club Advisors, and Student Resident Advisors. Pastoral or professional counselors are not considered campus security authorities when acting in their capacity as counselor.


Reportable Crimes and Offences:
Criminal Homicide: Murder and manslaughter. Report any homicide.

Sex Offenses, Forcible or Non-forcible: A forcible sex offense is any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or any sexual act against a victim incapable of giving consent. Incapacitation due to drugs or alcohol renders a person incapable of giving consent. Minors are not legally capable of consenting. Non-forcible sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse," e.g., incest or statutory rape.

Robbery: The taking, or attempting to take anything of value from the control, custody, or care of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence or by putting the victim in fear.

Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This offense is usually accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. An assault that results in hospitalization (or should have) is an aggravated assault.

Burglary: The unlawful entry (breaking and entering) into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft.

Arson: Willful or malicious burning or an attempt to burn a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, or personal property.

Arrests or persons referred for alcohol, drug, and illegal weapon violations*

Hate Crimes: Any of the crimes listed in this document in which the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, or disability must be reported as hate crimes. Category of prejudice should be reported.

Stalking: Purposefully engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific individual that would cause a reasonable individual to fear for his or her safety or the safety of another person; feel seriously alarmed, disturbed or frightened; or suffer emotional distress.

Dating Violence: The term ‘‘dating violence’’ means violence committed by a person:
(A) who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
(B) where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the following factors:
(i) The length of the relationship
(ii) The type of relationship
(iii) The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

Domestic Violence: The term ‘‘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 who is 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 D.C. (includes past or present marriage, domestic partnership, romantic, dating, or sexual relationship), by a former spouse or similarly situated person against a victim who is in a subsequent relationship with a former spouse or similarly situated person, or by any other person against a victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of D.C.

Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

Theft: Unlawful taking of another’s property.

Intimidation: Threats of bodily injury to another person.

Assault: Unlawful contact causing bodily injury.

Destruction/damage/vandalism of property.

Does It Matter Where the Crime Occurred – On or Off Campus?
The institution must provide a geographic breakdown of the crime statistics by four categories:

On campus: Main campus between Michigan Avenue and Taylor Street, Harewood Road and John McCormack Road; the Raymond A. DuFour Athletic Center and grounds; west campus: between Harewood Road and North Capitol Street, bounded on the south by the property of the Basilica and on the north by the property of the Saint John Paul II Shrine. On campus also includes the Barnes and Noble Campus Bookstore on Monroe St.

On campus and in a residence hall or other residential facility for students on campus,

Non-campus building or property for Catholic University purposes includes Theological College, and any foreign campuses or building or property abroad owned or controlled by the University and used for educational purposes (including through a lease agreement).

On public property that immediately borders and is accessible to the University campus. This includes all public streets bordering the main campus and west campus. Public property consists of a public sidewalk that borders the campus, the public street along the sidewalk, and the public sidewalk on the other side of the street. Only those portions of the sidewalk, street, and sidewalk that are adjacent to campus are included.
Further Resources: How Do I Report a Crime?

*The Dean of Students’ Office counts the number of students referred for campus disciplinary actions for alcohol, drug or illegal weapon violations for the purpose of Clery reporting.

Produced by the Office of General Counsel and the Department of Public Safety


updated 9/9/14 CCR