28 Sep 12
As the second month of the academic year approaches for many universities across the county, annual security reports are helping administrators review some of the improvements made and risks faced within the past year.
Since the campus-related assault of 19-year-old student in 1986, universities are required to release information regarding crime that takes place on and surrounding the campuses as part of the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act by October 1. The mandate was passed in 1990.
Northern Illinois University released its annual report, which revealed that the most common crime on campus is burglary. In 2011, there were 26 incidents reported, which was up from 10 in 2009. The number of assaults that took place on campus significantly decreased in 2011, with only two reported, compared to 12 in 2009.
To avoid such incidents taking place on campus, the university provides “Huskie Patrol,” a volunteer-related program where students monitor the campus between 6 p.m. and 2 a.m. Monday through Friday and a late night ride service, which is free to students at all times.
Duke University also publicized its campus security data prior ahead of the October deadlne. According to its annual report, the number of liquor and drug law referrals handed to students increased, which can most likely be attributed to the university’s enhanced reporting system of such incidents, according to Duke’s website.
John Dailey, Duke’s chief of police, told the source safety is a key component of the university’s security management.
“The safety of our students, faculty, staff, patients and visitors is our first priority,” he said. “Community safety is a shared responsibility. We enjoy excellent relations with students and staff, and by continuing to work together, we’re able to create a safer Duke.”