On Friday, Oct. 2, Mark D. McCarthy, Vice President for Student Affairs released an annual report from JCU’s Police Department. The report was released as a part of the school’s efforts to maintain a safe environment. The report describes prevention training and education programs, policies, procedures and crime statistics.
The report was produced to comply with requirements of the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1990, as well as the 2008 Higher Education Opportunity Act. Other information in the report for the 2014 calendar year includes amendments from the 2013 Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), Reauthorization Act and Ohio Public Records Law Requirements.
The information in the report is compiled by the JCUPD. Crimes and student conduct referrals reported to the following offices for the crime report: JCUPD, University Heights Police, Shaker Heights Police, Geauga County Sheriff, Office of The Dean of Students, Office of Residence Life, athletic coaching staff, advisors of student organizations and other university officials that crimes have been reported to.
The total number of crimes reported to the school for all locations regarding JCU students was 41. In the years 2013 and 2014, there were three forcible rapes. Between 2012 and 2014, there were five cases of forcible fondling both on and off campus. There were eight instances of dating violence during the years of 2013 and 2014. There were five cases of stalking between 2013 and 2014. There were 25 cases of burglary between 2012 and 2014, and one case of motor vehicle theft in 2012. In 2012 there were two cases of sodomy, which occurred in the residence halls. These were the only reported cases of sexual assault on campus and may not represent all instances.
The total amount of reported crimes on campus, including residence halls, during the years of 2012 through 2014 was 46. Between 2013 and 2014 there was five cases of stalking and between 2012 and 2014 there was 25 cases of burglary.
Graduate student, assistant to the JCU Wrestling team and JCU undergraduate alumni Todd Gaydosh said, “I think it’s good to be transparent with these things especially since the numbers didn’t look terrible. Though, I’m sure there are plenty that do not go reported.”
There were very few arrests made for breaking liquor law, drug and weapons laws with a total of 13 between the years of 2012 and 2014. However, the referrals were high, adding up to 689. Almost all of the liquor, drug referrals and weapon law referrals occurred in the residence halls. Only three drug referrals and one weapon referral happened off campus.
Between 2012 and 2014, there were no hate crimes reported. Hate crimes are determined by race, gender, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and disability.
The full report can be accessed at here, e-mailing the JCU PD at firstname.lastname@example.org, picking up a copy in room 14 of the D.J. Lombardo Student Center or calling the JCUPD at 216-397-1974.