The Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America                                  Department of Public Safety

The 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is currently under CONSTRUCTION

2012 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Mission Statement

The Department of Public Safety has the primary responsibility for providing a safe and secure campus environment that is conducive to visiting and learning, working, and living at The Catholic University of America. The department provides comprehensive programs, which include security patrol, escort, transportation, identification and access services. A staff of trained professionals, including commissioned special police officers, focuses on crime prevention and investigation, safety education and emergency preparedness, response and recovery. The department works closely with federal and local law enforcement agencies to coordinate services and activities to enhance safety within the boundaries of the university. The department seeks opportunities to partner with students, staff and faculty to achieve the goal of a safe and secure campus.

Enforcement Authority

The safety and security of personnel and property at CUA is the primary responsibility of the Department of Public Safety (DPS). The director of public safety, as the chief physical emergency management  officer for the university, develops safety and security policies that are designed with the safety of the entire CUA community in mind. All safety and security procedures must be consistent with local District of Columbia laws and regulations. Campus and university special police officers are appointed by the Chief of Police of the Metropolitan Police Department under the provisions of the D.C. Official Code to protect the campus property of an academic institution of higher education. The term “campus” includes any building or property owned or controlled by the academic institution of higher education. The duties of the campus and university special police officers consist of integrating the principles of private and public policing and adapting them to the academic community. Campus and university special police officers have full police authority, including arrest power, on the premises they are assigned to protect or outside of the premises in fresh pursuit for offenses committed on the premises. They may arrest based on probable cause for any offense committed in their presence, either felony or misdemeanor; however, if the offense was not committed in the officer’s presence, the arrest may only be made on probable cause if the offense is a felony, or one of the probable cause misdemeanors enumerated in the D.C. Code. Persons arrested by campus and university special police officers are transported to a facility of the Metropolitan Police Department for processing.

Campus and university special police officers are subject to the rules promulgated for the Metropolitan Police Department insofar as those rules are applicable. The Metropolitan Police Department staffs a Security Officers Management Branch to facilitate the issuance of special police officer commissions and to ensure compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. Campus and university special police officers must complete the Campus Law Enforcement Academy (250 hours) or an equivalent law enforcement academy within two (2) years of receiving a campus and university special police officer commission. Individuals who have previously completed an equivalent law enforcement academy are not subject to this requirement. Armed campus and university special police officers must successfully complete a 56-hour basic firearms course that must include lethal and nonlethal force, “shoot, don’t shoot,” and police liability. Armed campus and university special police officers are required to qualify with their firearms semiannually. The Department of Public Safety maintains a close working relationship with local law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Police, MetroTransit Police, FBI, Consortium of Universities and the National Capitol Region University Healthcare Investigations Task Force. Joint efforts are frequently undertaken with these agencies to address crime problems affecting the campus. The campus police function is a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week, service-oriented operation. The Department of Public Safety employs a staff of commissioned special police officers. Campus officers have no authority to investigate crimes or make arrests off campus. Campus police officers work closely with the local police and make every reasonable effort to follow up on crimes referred to them. Less serious incidents and violations of university regulations are investigated by the campus police and referred to campus administrators as necessary. Any student or employee is free to report any matter directly to the appropriate local police authority and is provided instructions on how to do so.

Staffing

Several interrelated functions comprise the department, including the patrol section, which consists of vehicle, bicycle and foot patrol; and the police Communications Center. The campus Locksmith Unit, a part of the Department of Public Safety, responds to all campus requests for locksmith services. The Communications Center handles all radio communications and calls for service. The center monitors the Closed-Circuit Television cameras, the alarm systems and the emergency telephone systems. The Communication Specialist also acts as a secondary campus information center. The Investigation and Crime Prevention Unit handles all investigative and crime prevention activities for the campus. The Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office provides traffic and parking management as well as identification and fingerprinting services.

Patrol Division

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing protection and service to the entire campus community. The shift supervisors generally perform motor vehicle patrol. The patrol staff covers the area in five ways: on foot, by bicycle, in a vehicle, at fixed posts and at the Metro kiosk (covered 5 p.m. until 1 a.m.). The campus is divided into 11 patrol beats. An officer is assigned to each of the patrol beats during a 24-hour period. The department uses a problem-oriented, community-based philosophy. Patrol officers are assigned to several fixed posts, the Columbus School of Law and the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center during their hours of operation. During the school year, patrol officers provide coverage at the CUA/Brookland Metro station on the CUA side and the Taylor Street Bridge at John McCormack Road during the evening and late-night hours. Officers are also deployed to Harewood Road  area when the need arises. The bicycle patrol officer is a foot patrol officer who uses a lightweight, durable high-tech bicycle. The bicycle gives the foot patrol officer greater mobility. Officers who seek this position must complete a minimum 32 hours of physically demanding training provided by an outside police agency. The training encompasses agility testing, long-distance biking and off-terrain riding, which challenge the durability of the bike and the officer’s endurance. Community response to the bicycle patrol unit has been uniformly positive, and the efforts of the bike patrol officer have done much to further the department’s commitment to community policing. A campus police officer is dispatched to requests for police service. An event report is prepared for criminal offenses and noncriminal incidents. The Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia is immediately notified in all cases of serious felonies. Patrol officers are responsible for a full range of security and safety services, including generating crime reports, conducting investigations, assisting in medical emergencies, enforcing traffic regulations, and enforcing all local laws and the provisions of the university code of conduct.

Communications Center

The Communications Center, as part of the Department of Public Safety, is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The office is located in 120 Leahy Hall. A communication specialist may be contacted from any campus emergency phone or by dialing ext. 5111 on campus phones. If calling from an off-campus phone, dial 202-319-5111, TTY 202-319-5736. Communication specialists are responsible for disseminating information to officers, directing calls for police service, coordinating emergencies, dispatching escorts, and monitoring the alarm and access control systems.

Investigations

The investigations unit is responsible for coordinating with the local police on investigations of all crimes, felonies or otherwise, reported to the Department of Public Safety by members of the campus community. The unit monitors each crime referred to the local police through final disposition. With the concurrence of the local police, a member of the investigations unit will notify the complainant of the final disposition. This unit is also responsible for on-campus criminal and administrative investigations.

Campus Transportation Management and Identification Office

This office, under the direction of the administrative services officer, is responsible for issuing parking permits and Cardinal Cards. It is also charged with administering a campus transportation program, including parking enforcement, vehicle immobilization and shuttle bus operations. The Campus Transportation Management/I.D. Office is located in 121 Leahy Hall and is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Fire Safety Program

The Catholic University of America provides a comprehensive fire safety program for the protection of the campus community. An aggressive program, which coordinates personnel, electronic and mechanical systems, promotes fire prevention and helps to ensure emergency response. All fire protection systems are regularly inspected and tested according to the District of Columbia Fire Code. Campus staff members in Public Safety, Residence Life and Environmental Health & Safety (a special department devoted to campus safety issues), are trained, and receive continuing education, to ensure appropriate prevention measures and response services are maintained. Professional staff and student assistants, residing in the residence halls, participate in required fire safety training sessions annually, regardless of prior experience.

Program Highlights

Fire Protection Systems

  • Fire alarms are installed in all residence halls, academic and administrative buildings. Alarm systems are tied into the Public Safety Communications Center, which monitors activity 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • All residence halls constructed or renovated since 1989 have an automatic sprinkler system as part of the project. All older residence halls, with the exception of Caldwell/Seton Hall, have been retrofitted with a new fire sprinkler system and fire alarm to meet current standards.
  • Life Safety systems including all fire alarms and fire sprinkler systems are tested on a regular schedule determined by District of Columbia Fire Code regulations.
  • Annual safety inspections by professional staff are conducted in all facilities, and are in addition to the independent testing of the alarm systems.

Fire Safety Education & Training

  • In accordance with the current District of Columbia Fire Code, unannounced fire drills, with performance standards, are held three times during the academic year in residence halls and once over the summer in occupied residence halls. Fire drills are also held annually in the fall for all academic/administrative buildings.
  • Instructions outlining what to do in case of a fire and building specific emergency evacuation plans are posted in prominent locations in all campus buildings including residence halls. These procedures are reviewed during required orientation programs, follow-up safety sessions, and fire drill exercises. The general building evacuation procedures are available on the Environmental Health & Safety Website at: http://ehs.cua.edu/manuals/environmental/8-3-fireemergencies.cfm
  • Current policies regarding portable electrical appliances, smoking and open flames (such as candles) can be found in our Student Handbook at: http://studentlife.cua.edu/studenthandbook/index.cfm

  

2012 On-Campus Residence Hall Fire Statistics Fire Protection Systems Installed
Residential Facility Total Fires Fire Number Cause Fire-Related Injuries Fire-Related Deaths Value of Property Damage Fire Alarm Smoke Detectors Fire Sprinklers
Caldwell/Seton Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes No
                   
Curley Court 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 No* Yes Yes
CV - Camalier House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Engelhard House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Magner House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - McDonald House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Quinn House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Reardon House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Unanue House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Walton House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Flather Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Gibbons Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Millennium North 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Millennium South 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Opus Hall 1 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Regan Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Ryan Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
    0              
* Curley Court consists of individual modular housing units in which local smoke alarms serve as the fire alarm system.
                   
                   
2013 On-Campus Residence Hall Fire Statistics Fire Protection Systems Installed
Residential Facility  Total Fires Fire Number Cause Fire-Related Injuries Fire-Related Deaths Value of Property Damage Fire Alarm Smoke Detectors Fire Sprinklers
Caldwell/Seton Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes No
                   
Curley Court 1 0 N/A 0 0 0 No Yes Yes
CV - Camalier House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Engelhard House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Magner House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - McDonald House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Quinn House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Reardon House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Unanue House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
CV - Walton House 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Flather Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Gibbons Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Millennium North 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Millennium South 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Opus Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Regan Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
Ryan Hall 0 0 N/A 0 0 0 Yes Yes Yes
                   
* Curley Court consists of individual modular housing units in which local smoke alarms serve as the fire alarm system.

 

Emergency Notification, Response and Evacuation Procedures

The Catholic University of America maintains an emergency management plan designed to address the issues of planning, preparation, response and recovery for all emergencies. During university emergencies, the Department of Public Safety provides for the safety of students, staff, faculty, and visitors and the security of property. Emergency occurrences, perceived or actual, are communicated or reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) on 319-5111. In an emergency situation in which the campus requires an immediate response, the CUA Emergency Notification Plan will be activated.

DPS will:

  • Deploy the “All-Campus Alert” announcement system on campus with a set announcement
  • Send a set text announcement for display on the Alert DC System
  • Alert CUA public affairs
  • Alert CUA president

Public affairs will:

  • Send additional notices to students, faculty and staff via e-mail lists
  • Send text to CPIT or Student Life to broadcast over the CUA cable TV channels
  • Alert CPIT to provide a message to faculty and staff on voicemail, if during business hours
  • Provide initial texts and updates as needed for the Safety First Web page

Response

The two basic responses in an emergency are Evacuation and Shelter in Place.

Evacuation: For an emergency that would be dangerous to your life and health if you were to stay in your building. Be prepared: Before an emergency happens, find at least two emergency exits from your building. Sound the fire alarm in the event of fire. For other evacuation emergencies, call the Department of Public Safety at ext. 5111. Exit the building from the closest available exit. Don’t use the elevator. If you cannot get out of the door, get someone’s attention, e.g., yell and scream out a window. If you can, hang an attention- getting item on or from a window (e.g., a sheet, sign or coat) and phone ext. 5111.

Shelter-in-Place: For an emergency that would put you in danger if you were to leave your building. Shelter-in-place is advised in most situations, unless the building you are in is affected by the incident. Stay calm and do not panic. Stay inside unless a fire alarm sounds or you have been instructed to leave by a CUA official. For news bulletins, monitor the CUA Web page, e-mail and voicemail, mobile devices for “Urgent Alerts” and turn on the radio or TV.

If you are outside, seek shelter inside a building — do not remain outside. Follow building-specific instructions from your resident assistant or the building watch captain. Wait for further instructions from a CUA official. For more information, see the Public Safety website, How We Manage Emergencies, at http://publicsafety.cua.edu/emergency/index.cfm.

Safety In On-Campus Student Housing Throughout 2009, the university operated 19 residential buildings and a cluster of modular-housing units, divided into six (6) residential neighborhoods accommodating approximately 2,600 total on-campus residents. (One neighborhood of two [2] older buildings is slated for removal during 2010). The university strives to develop and implement safety and security procedures and programs with a goal to maintaining a safe environment for residents and visitors.

For example, the Department of Public Safety employs a problem-oriented, community-base patrol in all residence hall areas. The systems operates by assigning the same officer on a continuing basis to the same area. Officers provide assistance, receive complaints and obtain information.  Exterior doors to all residential facilities are locked 24 hours a day. A card access system (Cardinal Card) grants each resident access only to his or her assigned building through a primary set of exterior doors. Other exterior doors are alarmed as emergency exits. Residents are discouraged from holding or opening exterior doors for persons they do not know.

From 7 p.m. until 3 a.m., many residence halls are additionally staffed with student hall security assistants who monitor the front entrance ways and sign in all nonresidential visitors who enter the premises. All residents and visitors should be prepared to present identification upon request. 

Within each residential building, each  individual unit/room  is equipped with keyed door locks. Residents are urged to keep their rooms locked they are not there.

Areas around residence halls may be subject to video surveillance as needed. 

Each neighborhood is staffed by an area coordinator (AC) and a team of resident assistants (RA). An AC is a full-time professional staff member who lives on campus in a residential neighborhood and is responsible for the neighborhood’s day-to-day operations and management. RAs are student residents who are primarily responsible for developing community and promoting a balanced, responsible and respectful residential atmosphere that is safe, friendly and supportive. A DPS crime prevention officer works closely with the Residence Life staff and schedules regular security meetings in the residence halls.

Ultimately, residents themselves must join together to assume responsibility for their own personal and community safety by implementing the best possible safety practices.

Note: At times nonresidents may be in the residence halls.  Residents should expect the following:

  • All maintenance, custodial services and power plant staff are required to wear identification badges on their outer garments while on duty inside residence halls.
  • All contractors are issued and required to wear identification badges while working in or around a residence hall. Contractors must be escorted by a CUA staff member when inside occupied residence hall rooms.
  • Visitors are expected to sign in with the hall security assistant and must be escorted by his or her student host while on the premises.  (Hosts are held accountable for the conduct of their guests at all times.)

General Safety Precautions

  • Immediately report stolen or missing Cardinal Cards and keys to Housing Services and campus police.
  • Never take your personal safety for granted.
  • Never prop open exterior doors of residence halls and buildings.
  • Never admit strangers into your room or hall. When in doubt, request a Cardinal Card.
  • Lock room doors, offices, and other student and employee work spaces, even when leaving for a short time.
  • Carry keys and your Cardinal Card at all times and never lend them to anyone.
  • Use the university shuttle bus systems and the escort service during evening hours and particularly when traveling alone.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lit area and keep it locked at all times.
  • Never leave valuables in plain view inside a vehicle.
  • Report suspicious persons and activities immediately to the Department of Public Safety by calling 202-319-5111 or by using the emergency telephone system.
  • Never leave keys and other valuables visible in rooms, offices, labs or study areas.
  • Never remain alone in isolated or unoccupied areas, including classrooms, libraries or other buildings. When such use is required, special arrangements must be made with the Department of Public Safety.
  • When walking at night, have a friend along and carry a cell phone.

Crime Prevention

Crime prevention has been defined as “the anticipation, recognition and appraisal of a crime risk and the initiation of some action to remove or reduce it.” Crime prevention means using your instinct, common sense and action to reduce a criminal’s opportunity. The Department of Public Safety provides proactive crime prevention programs and safety services to assist members of the campus community in reducing their risks of becoming a victim of crime. Plainly speaking, crime prevention is recognizing that a crime risk exists and taking some corrective action to eliminate or reduce that risk. Crime prevention means risk reduction. A close working relationship among management, crime prevention, patrol and investigations units, and the campus community is essential to eliminating crime risk. Reporting suspicious persons and/or activities, locking unoccupied rooms, securing doors and windows at the end of the day, securing university and personal property, and being aware of your surroundings are all-important risk reduction strategies.

Education and Awareness Programs

The crime prevention officer is responsible for developing risk reduction programs that foster a safer environment for all members of the campus community. Additionally, the crime prevention officer is responsible for providing and disseminating educational and instructional printed materials to the entire campus community.

  • All printed materials distributed by the department list the campus police telephone number: 202-319-5111. This number can be used to report incidents and obtain police service 24 hours a day.

Throughout the year, the crime prevention unit provides safety and security presentations in residence halls and other campus locations. Safety information is distributed at all presentations, meetings and seminars, and is available at public safety headquarters.

  • Information is provided on the locations and use of emergency telephones, the location of the Department of Public Safety and the way to contact public safety in the event of an emergency.
  • The procedure for reporting criminal and suspicious activity is explained at the presentations.

The public safety headquarters is located on the west side of campus in Leahy Hall, Room 120. Information about the Department of Public Safety’s risk reduction procedures can be found at http://publicsafety.cua.edu.

Rape Aggression Defense System (RAD)

The Crime Prevention Unit offers classes to students and employees on self-defense techniques. The officers are certified and trained through the Rape Aggression Defense Systems Inc.
Seminars on sexual assault prevention are provided throughout the year. For additional information on Risk Reduction and Campus Sexual Assault Awareness Programs, please visit our website at http://publicsafety.cua.edu.

Risk Reduction Services for the Campus Community

Emergency Telephones

There are 130 emergency telephones and 10 panic buttons strategically located throughout the campus to assist with communicating with campus police.

Escort Service

The escort service is one of the department’s most requested services used by students, faculty and staff. Escorts are public safety officers who are members of the foot, vehicle or bicycle patrol.

Public Safety Assistants

The Public Safety Assistants (PSA) program is part of the Department of Public Safety crime prevention services. The PSA personnel are not security officers or special police officers; they are part-time employees.

Bus Service

The Department of Public Safety provides campus bus service throughout the campus for students, faculty and staff. For a schedule or additional Proactive Services for the Campus Community please visit our website at http://publicsafety.cua.edu.

Crime Reporting

Efforts are made to inform members of the campus community on a timely basis about campus crime and crime-related issues. These efforts include the following:

  • Daily Crime Log — Public Safety maintains a daily crime log, which is available at our Communications Center.
  • Crime Alerts — Crime Alerts are published when a crime occurs on or near campus that potentially threatens the university community. The crime alerts are e-mailed to each CUA campus watch captain. Watch captains post the alerts in residence halls and on security bulletin boards throughout the campus.

How To Report Crimes on Campus

Students and employees should immediately report any crime to the Department of Public Safety communication specialist in Leahy Hall, 202-319-5111. They must report to the DPS communication specialist if they become aware of any crime that has occurred:

  • On campus (CUA’s main campus between Michigan Avenue and Taylor Street, Harewood Road and John McCormack Avenue, the Raymond A. DuFour Center and grounds, “West Campus” between the Basilica parking lot and Irving Street, North Capitol Street, John Paul II Cultural Center and Harewood Road, south Seventh and Eighth streets and Lawrence and Monroe streets).
  • In any off-campus building owned or controlled by CUA (this includes Theological College).
  • On public property immediately adjacent to or accessible from the CUA campus: Public property immediately adjacent to CUA includes all public streets bordering the Main Campus, West Campus, South Campus, the Block and the DuFour Center grounds. Students and employees are cautioned never to attempt to apprehend or pursue a suspected criminal. Crimes or suspected criminals should be reported to the DPS communication specialist or, if appropriate, to 911.

If you have any doubts about whether to report something that has occurred, report it. Victims of or witnesses to crimes may disclose them on a voluntary, confidential basis to the Office of the Dean of Students or the Department of Public Safety, which can then determine whether the event constitutes a crime to be collected and statistically reported. Your cooperation in timely reporting assists the university in issuing equally timely warnings to the campus community. All crimes must be reported immediately.

Reporting a Missing Student

Reports of missing students shall be immediately referred to the Department of Public Safety. The Department of Public Safety shall notify the Metropolitan Police Department if appropriate.

On-file emergency contact information will be used to notify family or legal guardians in cases where a student is determined to be missing. Students may change their emergency contact information through Cardinal Station. Students living in an on-campus student housing facility have the option to register a confidential contact person to be notified in cases where the student is determined to be missing. Only authorized campus officials and law enforcement officers in furtherance of a missing person investigation may have access to this information. Local law enforcement will be notified that the student is missing even if they have not registered a contact person. Parents or guardians must be notified in cases involving students younger than 18 years of age  who are not emancipated. The Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315) requires institutions to respond when it has been determined that the student has been missing for 24 hours; however, the Department of Public Safety will initiate an investigation into the whereabouts of a missing student when notified.

Where To Find Information on Registered Sex Offenders

In conjunction with the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act, the District of Columbia enacted the Sex Offender Registration Act of 1999, which authorized the Metropolitan Police Department to release sex offender information to the public. A list of Class A  registered sex offenders is provided on the Metropolitan Police Department’s website as a service to the community, http:// mpdc.dc.gov/mpdc/site/default.asp (Sex Offender Registry).

Sexual Assault Policy

The CUA Sexual Assault Policy is online at http://policies.cua.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/assault.cfm.
CUA’s sexual assault prevention education is coordinated through the Office of the Dean of Students. Through collaborative efforts with other university departments and the use of a peer education program, CUA works to prevent sexual violence and harassment through education, awareness and skill building. Programs include self-defense workshops, educational seminars, peer theater, resource information and referral, and Sexual Assault Awareness Week. In addition, Student Health Services is a comprehensive resource center that contains journals, books and videos on a wide range of contemporary college health issues including sexual assault.

CUA sponsors a safety awareness program that provides training in Rape Aggression Defense Systems. Faculty, staff and students may sign up through Public Safety at http://publicsafety.cua.edu/rad.cfm.
In addition, targeted training is provided to other groups of student leaders on campus. Please visit the Department of Public Safety website at http://publicsafety.cua.edu for information on sexual assault policies and procedures, resources in the event of a sexual assault and tips on sexual assault prevention.

What To Do in The Event of A Sexual Assault

Any student who has been a victim of a sexual assault should, as soon as possible:

  1. Report the incident to the Department of Public Safety at 202-319-5111. The Department of Public Safety is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In addition, victims/survivors of sexual assault are strongly encouraged to report a sexual assault to the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department. Students may receive assistance with this reporting from the Department of Public Safety.
  2. Seek medical attention and do not interfere with the preservation of evidence (e.g., do not bathe or change clothing).
  3. Meet with a professional staff member in the Office of the Dean of Students. Upon request by either party, the university will help to prevent any unwanted contact between the complainant and the accused by, for example, making reasonably available changes to academic schedules and/or housing situations.

Confidentiality and Support

The university will make every reasonable effort to preserve an individual’s privacy and protect the confidentiality of information. The degree to which confidentiality can be protected, however, depends upon the professional role of the person being consulted. The professional being consulted should make these limits clear before any disclosure of facts. The university has the responsibility to  protect the community at large. In light of this responsibility, certain cases may warrant investigation and resolution beyond the solution desired by the individual reporting the incident.

An individual can speak confidentially with certain persons in legally protected roles. These roles include (professional) counselors in the CUA Counseling Center and off-campus, medical clinicians, clergy, and (professional) sexual assault counselors. However, professional and pastoral counselors are encouraged to inform students being counseled of voluntary disclosure procedures. Students are encouraged to seek counseling in order to speak confidentially with a professional and begin the recovery period. In addition to campus counseling, students may contact local community resources, including the DC Rape Crisis Center (Hotline: 202-333-7273; business: 202-232-0789). A list of community resources and area hospitals is also available in the Office of the Dean of Students.

The CUA Sexual Assault Policy is online at http://policies.cua.edu/StudentLife/studentconduct/assault.cfm.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy

The United States Department of Education has issued regulations for the implementation of the provisions of the “Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989” (Public Law 101-226). Those regulations require the university to annually distribute to each student and employee information regarding the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and/or employees on university property or as part of any of its on-campus or off-campus activities. In compliance with the federal law, CUA is committed to an educational community that is free of illegal drug use and alcohol abuse. Students and employees can obtain information regarding the legal sanctions under federal and state law for the illegal possession or distribution of drugs and alcohol, as well as the range of university sanctions that can be imposed for violation of the university’s policies regarding substance abuse at the websites listed below. In the event an illegal alcohol or drug-related incident involving an employee or student occurs, the university will cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and will determine the appropriate internal disciplinary actions. The unlawful manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession or use of a controlled substance or alcohol by a student or employee on university property or as any part of a university-sponsored program off campus is strictly prohibited. Information on the federal drug penalties can be found at http://counsel.cua.edu/security/clicks. Students should review and understand the alcohol and drug policy in the Student Code of Conduct, which can be found online at http://policies.cua.edu/studentlife/studentconduct/alcoholdrugs.cfm.

Employees should review and understand the Faculty and Staff Drug and Alcohol Abuse Policy, which can be found at http://policies.cua.edu/employment/other/drugsalcohol.cfm.

Crime Statistics for the CUA Campus

  

 
2010
Offenses
On Campus Property
Student Housing Facility
Non-Campus Building or Facility
On Public Property
Murder/Non-negligent Homicide
0
0
0
0
Manslaughter by Negligence
0
0
0
0
Rape/Sex Offense Forcible
1
1
0
0
Rape/Sex Offense Non-Forcible
0
0
0
0
Robbery
2
0
0
3
Aggravated Assault
0
0
0
2
Burglary - Forced Entry
 
2
0
0
0
Burglary - No Force
12
12
0
0
Motor Vehicle Theft
0
0
0
1
Arson
0
0
0
0
Totals
 
17
13
0
6
 
2011
Offenses
On Campus Property
Student Housing Facility
Non-Campus Building or Facility
On Public Property
Murder/Non-negligent Homicide
0
0
0
0
Manslaughter by negligence
0
0
0
0
Rape/Sex Offense Forcible
3
3
0
0
Rape/Sex Offense Non-Forcible
0
0
0
0
Robbery
0
0
1
1
Aggravated Assault
0
0
0
0
Burglary - Forced Entry
0
0
0
0
Burglary - No Force
10
10
0
0
Motor Vehicle Theft
1
0
0
0
Arson
0
0
0
0
Totals
14
13
1
1
 
2012
Offenses
On Campus Property
Student Housing Facility
Non-Campus Building or Facility
On Public Property
Murder/Non-negligent Homicide
0
0
0
0
Manslaughter by negligence
0
0
0
0
Rape/Sex Offense Forcible
4
4
0
0
Rape/Sex Offense Non-Forcible
0
0
0
0
Robbery
1
0
0
1
Aggravated Assault
0
0
0
0
Burglary - Forced Entry
0
0
0
0
Burglary - No Force
4
2
0
0
Motor Vehicle Theft
1
0
0
0
Arson
0
0
0
0
Totals
10
6
             0
1

Hate Crime Statistics:

There were no reported hate crimes for the years 2010, 2011.

2012: Three (3) Hate Crimes from the Group B Category (race-related) occurred On Campus and in Student Housing Facility.

Group B: Categories of Hate Crime offenses larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, and destruction/damage/vandalism of property.

 

Person Arrested for the following offenses:

 
2010
2011
2012
Liquor Law Violations
 0
0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
0
 1
 0
0
 0
Drug Related Violations
 1
0
 0
 0
 7
 4
 0
 0
 1
0
0
 0
Weapons Possession
 0
 0
0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
 0
0
 0
 0
Totals
 1
 0
 0
0
 7
 4
 0
 0
 2
0
 0
 0

Persons referred for campus disciplinary actions for the following violations:

 
2010
2011*
2012
Liquor Violations
506
493
0
  0
557
548
3
  0
447
434
0
2
Drug Violations
 22
 21
0
  0
  41
 40
3
  0
 39
 37
0
0
Weapons Possession
  0
  0
0
  0
   2
  2
0
  0
  0
  0
0
0
Totals
528
514
0
  0
600
590
6
  0
486
471
0
2

*The 2011 mailed version of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report statistics for Liquor Law and Drug Related VIolations is incorrect.  The information has been corrected in the online and mailed versionHow statistics are compiled

How statistics are compiled  The investigator for the Department of Public Safety is responsible for collecting crime statistics, in cooperation with the D.C. Police. The investigator also works with the Office of the Dean of Students and Office of Judicial Affairs and Ethical Development in collecting the statistics on referrals for campus disciplinary actions, drug abuse, liquor law or weapons violations.

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