Annual Crime Statistics
Clery Act Annual Security Report
In 1991, the U.S. Congress passed the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act, which requires colleges to report the three previous years of statistics on murder, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, and statistics on arrests for drug and alcohol violations and weapons violations. In October 1998, President Clinton signed an amendment renaming the act the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and requiring that all crimes motivated by hate or bias be included in the statistics.
Pittsburg State University recognizes the importance for an institution of higher learning to develop and maintain a safe and secure environment in which the academic and social pursuits of its members can be fully realized.
The university has the utmost concern for the success of each student and strives to give each student maximum freedom to live his/her life free from outside interference. With this freedom, however, comes the responsibility of becoming an active participant in the exercise of personal safety.
No community's security plan can attain maximum effectiveness unless everyone contributes to making it work. Safety and security are both personal as well as shared responsibilities. Only by accepting this responsibility can members of the university community maintain a safe and secure academic environment.
PSU Police maintain close working relationships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies which are available for support in the investigation of alleged criminal offenses. The University Police has a written MOU with the Pittsburg Police Department which allows for the sharing of resources, as well as informal working agreements with agencies including the Crawford County Sheriff's Department, Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Federal Bureau of Investigation and Kansas Highway Patrol. In addition, the PSU Police Department maintains an active role in other groups such as the Tri-State Major Case Squad (KS, MO and OK), Southeast Kansas Drug Enforcement Task Force and the Crawford County Drug Task Force.
The Pittsburg State University Police Department sends copies of all Kansas Standard Offense Reports to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation on a weekly basis. Arrest summaries are submitted monthly. K.B.I. in turn then submits statistical data in the form of a monthly Uniform Crime Report to the Federal Bureau of Investigations at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Data from these reports are compiled by the K.B.I. and released back to us in the form of statistics.
University Police receives quarterly, semi-annual, and annual reports from the K.B.I. When this department receives statistics from the K.B.I. we forward copies to the Associate Vice President for Campus Life. Statistical information has always been available to the public upon request.
The following are Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definitions of the crime categories listed in this report:
Manslaughter by negligence: The killing of another human by gross negligence.
Murder and Non-Negligent Manslaughter: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Forcible Sex Offenses: Any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or, not forcibly or against the person's will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.
Non-Forcible Sex Offenses; Unlawful, non-forcible incest and indecent liberties.
Aggravated assault; An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner, or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible lacerations, or the loss of consciousness.
Robbery; The taking, or attempting to take, anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another person by force or threat of force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.
Burglary; The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft.
Motor Vehicle Theft; The theft of a motor vehicle.
Arson; To unlawfully and intentionally damage, or attempt to damage, any real or personal property by fire or incendiary device.
The crimes of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction, damage or vandalism of property are included in the annual report if such offenses are determined to be bias/hate motivated (the victim is intentionally selected because of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity or disability).
University Police and PSU have policies and procedures in place to immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving and immediate threat to the health and safety of students or staff occurring on campus (unless notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency). Notification systems utilized include text messaging, an outdoor voice notification system, a bulk E-Mail system, and a group call telephone notification system. PSU Police also maintains, updates and provides information via Facebook and Twitter social networking sites.
Current PSU campus policies regarding emergency response and evacuation procedures are tested annually and available at: http://www.pittstate.edu/office/president/policies/building-andor-campus-evacuation-plan.dot