Crime Definitions

Definitions for the crimes listed are taken from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Murder: the willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.

Sex Offenses: (A) Forcible sex offense - “Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.” Forcible sex offenses include forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible fondling. (B) Nonforcible sex offenses are acts of unlawful, nonforcible sexual intercourse.” They include incest and statutory rape.

Robbery: the taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/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.

Burglary: the unlawful entry of a structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.

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

Weapon Law Violations: the violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Drug Abuse Violations: violations of State and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing, and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (demerol, methadones); and dangerous nonnarcotic drugs (barbituates, benzedrine).

Liquor Law Violations: the violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting; the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, possession of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places; bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. (Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.)

Hate Crime Reporting: a crime that manifests evidence that the perpetrator intentionally selected the victim because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability.  Stalking and dating/domestic violence may also constitute hate crimes.


Geographic Locations for Reporting Crime Statistics:
Campus is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by the institution and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls. And any building owned by the institution but controlled by another person, that is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes.

Residential facilities are defined as dormitories or other residential accommodations for student on campus. Note that incidents that occur in on-campus residential facilities will be entered in both "on campus" and "residential facilities".

Noncampus building or property is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution, or any building or property owned or controlled by the institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposed, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

Public property is defined as all public property, within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

 

Additional information on crimes which were processed through the College’s conduct procedures are compiled annually by the Dean of Students office.