The UA Police Department and other on- and off-campus security authorities recorded more reports of motor vehicle theft, domestic violence and aggravated assault in 2020 than 2019, according to the 2020 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Report for the UofA.
The report, published by UAPD officials Friday, is a compilation of UA community crime statistics recorded by UAPD, the Office of Student Standards and Conduct, the Title IX Coordinator, other campus officials, the Fayetteville Police Department and the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
The report lists eight domestic violence offenses in 2020, up from six in 2019. Six of the eight offenses occurred on campus property, while the other two happened on public property.
Motor vehicle theft rose by 41% from 2019 to 2020, with 38 incidents reported last year and 27 in 2019. Nineteen of the 38 crimes occurred on campus property, 18 were on non-campus property and one was on public property.
After no reports of aggravated assault in 2019, one was reported on campus property in 2020.
The only other increase listed on the report was in drug law violations referred for disciplinary action, which rose to 25 in 2020 from 21 in 2019. Total drug law violations, including arrests, fell from 116 to 82.
The Clery Report shows statistics from each of the past three years, categorized under arrests and referrals for disciplinary action, Violence Against Women Act offenses, hate crimes and other criminal offenses.
Crimes and arrests fell in nearly every category in 2020, likely owing to the months-long, near-total vacation of campus following the move to fully remote instruction in March.
There were no incidents of murder, manslaughter or arson reported in 2018, 2019 or 2020.
Total sex offenses listed in the Clery Report fell from 16 in 2019 to 13 in 2020. The report lists five incidents of fondling, consistent with 2019, and three fewer rapes, for a total of eight in 2020. The report does not show any incidents of statutory rape or incest.
There were no reported robberies for the second consecutive year, according to the report. Burglaries fell from 24 to 16.
While reports of motor vehicle theft increased from 2019, they were down from 65 in 2018, a 42% drop.
The Clery Report does not list any reported hate crimes over the past three years.
Total VAWA offenses dropped from 21 to 13 between 2019 and 2020. The eight domestic violence offenses are the most recorded in the report’s three-year period, while incidents of dating violence have remained steady at two a year since 2018. Incidents of stalking fell the most, down from 13 in 2019 to three in 2020.
Arrests for liquor law violations, drug law violations and illegal weapons possession all decreased between 2019 and 2020. Alcohol-related arrests, totaling 35, fell by more than 50%, drug-related arrests dropped from 95 to 57, and four people were arrested for illegal weapons possession, compared to six in 2019.
No one was referred for disciplinary action for illegal weapons possession, down from two referrals from 2019, while drug referrals increased 19%.
The bulk of disciplinary referrals were the result of liquor law violations, but they were 41% fewer than the 587 in 2019. All 346 in 2020 occurred on campus property.
The Clery Report gets its name from 19-year-old Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University 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. 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.
The Clery Act was amended in 2008 when President George W. Bush signed the Higher Education Act, after which UAPD officers added eight safety and security requirements. These included the introduction of RazALERT Emergency Notifications, according to the Clery Report.
Students can view the full details of current and past Clery reports on the UAPD website. The reports include crime statistics for the UofA's Fayetteville campus, Rome Center and Mexico Summer Urban Studio.