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October 11, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU scores 'zeros' in crime report - and that's really good news

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - Slippery Rock University scored a lot of "zeros" on its annual report compiled in accordance with the provision of the Jeanne Clery Disclosures Act of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act - and that is good.

"We are required by law to make the numbers public, and for 2012 we are very proud of how safe the campus was maintained," said Michael Simmons, chief of University Police. "The numbers show crime at SRU dropped 20 percent last year - and that too is good."

The complete report is available at:

In the four required reporting categories - on campus, residence halls, non-campus and public property - SRU reported no murders or non-negligent manslaughters for the 2012 year mimicking 2010 and 2011. In the same overall categories, SRU saw no aggravated assaults, robberies, auto thefts, arsons, non-forcible sex offenses, dating violence, domestic violence, weapons law violations or hate crimes reported in 2012.

The non-campus category includes such University-related areas as the Miller Tract, the Counseling and Educational Psychology Building, the Economic Community Development Building and the Fowler Building, among other sites removed from SRU's main campus. No crimes were reported in the non-campus or public property categories for 2012.

However, Simmons said 2012 saw one stalking offense reported on campus; two burglaries, down from five in 2011; and four forcible sex offenses, three of them in the residence halls, investigated by SRU police, up from two the previous year.

As has been the case in previous years, violations of Pennsylvania liquor laws caused the largest number of arrests for the year. "We also moved to sending more cases to the Office of Student Conflict Resolution in 2012 for possible disciplinary action," Simmons said.

Police arrested 130 students (71 of them in the residence halls) for a variety of liquor law violations, down from 214 students in 2011. Sixty-three cases were referred for disciplinary action, up from 17 the year earlier.

There were 16 drug law violation arrests (10 in the residence halls) in 2012, down from 19 in both 2010 and 2011.

"I certainly believe our campus is safe and our numbers substantiate that. I give credit to our patrol officers who keep a vigilant eye on the campus and its facilities. Part of reducing crime involves officers being seen, and our officers are visible 24 hours-a-day as we patrol the campus. We attempt to nip crime in the bud and that makes campus safer for everyone," he said.

Anyone witnessing a crime or needing assistance is urged to call University Police at 724.738.3333.

Those with information about a crime or suspected criminal activity can report it anonymously through the SRU Crime Information Tip Line at 724.738.2SRU. The Tip Line is not monitored round-the-clock and should only be used to provide information about a previous crime, not something currently in progress.

The 1990 federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, best known as the "Clery Act" requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses. Compliance is monitored by the United States Department of Education.

The law is named for Jeanne Clery, a 19-year-old Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence hall in 1986. The backlash against unreported crimes on numerous campuses across the country led to first state and then the federal law.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.