The UA Police Department reported an increase in arrests in 2019 on charges of alcohol and drug law violations, as well as decreases in domestic violence and motor vehicle theft.
Liquor law arrests jumped 28.5% between 2018 and 2019, with 72 arrests in 2019 and 56 arrests in 2018, according to the annual Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Report released to students Oct. 1.
Disciplinary action referrals for liquor law violations also increased, rising to 587 from 570. Students who receive violations without arrest files are referred to the Office of Student Standards and Conduct.
Drug law arrests climbed 30.1% in a year, with 95 arrests in 2019 and 73 in 2018. Twenty-one students received referrals for disciplinary action related to drugs, down from 76 the previous year.
The Clery Report includes statistics for the past three years of crimes reported on campus, on UA-owned property off campus and on public property accessible or adjacent to campus. The report categorizes crimes by criminal offenses, Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) offenses, hate crimes, arrests and referrals for disciplinary action.
The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security issues like alcohol and drug use, crime prevention and the reporting of crimes and sexual assault.
There were 11 reports of rape in 2019, following 11 in 2018 and nine in 2017. Five students reported instances of fondling. There were no reports of incest or statutory rape.
Domestic violence offenses fell slightly, decreasing from seven in 2018 to six in 2019. While still up from the five reports in 2017, the past three years have seen a downward trend in domestic violence following the 16 instances reported in 2016.
There were two reports of dating violence in both 2018 and 2019, up from zero in 2017.
Reports of stalking spiked from three in 2018 to 13 in 2019.
No arson or hate crimes were reported in 2019. There were also no reports of murder, negligent manslaughter, robbery or aggrivated assault.
There were 24 reports of burglary, up from 11 in 2018. The Clery Report also lists two unfounded reports of burglary in 2019.
Motor vehicle thefts decreased substantially, with 27 reports. This follows 65 reports in 2018 and 53 in 2017.
The Clery Report gets its name from 19-year-old Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University on-campus residence hall in 1986.
The Clery Act of 1990, formerly the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act, requires all universities that offer federal student financial aid to release an annual report detailing crime statistics over the past three years.
The Clery Act was amended in 2008 when the Higher Education Act was signed by former President George W. Bush, after which UAPD officers added eight safety and security requirements. These included the introduction of RazALERT Emergency Notifications, according to the Clery Report.
Jeanne Clery’s parents lobbied Congress to enact the law when they discovered Lehigh students had not been notified about 38 on-campus violent crimes during the three years prior to Clery’s murder, according to the report.
Students can view the full details of past Clery reports on the UAPD website.