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Clery Act Statistics

The Cornell University Police Department is dedicated to maintaining a safe and secure environment for learning and working. Because Cornell, like other campuses, does experience some crime, the CUPD wants students, faculty, and staff to be aware of crime on campus and the area surrounding the campus. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 USC 1092 (f) (Clery Act) as a part of the Higher Education Act of 1965, is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose annual information about campus crime. Each year the University files a report with the United States Department of Education stating the incidences of crime on campus.

The following tables reflect the number of incidents for the crimes of homicide, manslaughter, forcible and nonforcible sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson that occurred on or near campus for the previous three calendar years. Also included in the tables are arrests and disciplinary referrals for drug law violations, liquor violations, weapon violations, and bias-related crimes.  For a definition of the above crimes see Crime Definitions.

The statistics include crimes reported directly to the CUPD, to local law enforcement agencies, and to “campus security authorities.” “Campus security authorities” are defined by the Clery Act as university officials who have “significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including, but not limited to, student housing, student discipline, and campus judicial proceedings.” Professional mental health and religious counselors are exempt from reporting requirements.

For additional information on the Clery Act please visit: http://www.securityoncampus.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=271&Itemid=60.

The crime data is displayed in a format that mirrors that required by the Department of Education and may differ from data reported under federal or state Uniformed Crime Reporting (UCR) programs. The difference exists because the Department of Education requires the inclusion of information that is not reportable under UCR programs. The data that is presented here includes all crimes reported to the Cornell University Police that occurred on the Cornell University Campus, in the residence halls on campus, as well as crimes that may have been reported to other campus authorities. To give a broader picture of crime oncampus and its immediate environs, this data also includes crimes committed at campus remote facilities, as well as those occurring near the campus. Hate crime statistics and arrests and/or referrals for campus disciplinary action are also included.

The following tables comply with the Clery Act.