Class Notes 10/20

  • “It’s a good idea that we have the email/alert system, so that people do not go unaware that it happened.” -Hope Koerperich, communication major.
  • “I was actually happy that the person that it happened to was brave enough to report it and make us all aware of us, because if they hadn’t reported it the person could have gotten away with it, and we all would have been susceptible to it happening to us.”-Mckenzy Marley, communication major.

Police Chief:

  • This is something we developed a couple years ago, this particular message, and it’s very specific about being a sexual assault.
  • Has tips on how to minimize your risk, we call it risk reduction.
  • This was a little painful for me
  • We had an incident in the Fall of 2012, I wrote it and got a lot of feedback from, negative feedback
  • We are required by federal law to do this, that law also states that in this message we must put crime prevention tips that would minimize the likelihood of the same crime occurring with another victim
  • It’s not a blame the victim situation, it’s what we have to do.
  • This new draft of the email is much different than the first, it met the approval of the federal agency
  • The specific incident is bolded to draw attention to it.
  • If you read yesterday’s message, it states that it was reported to a campus authority, not the police department.
  • Clery act- there are several different groups that fall into the category, police officers automatically fall into the category. Anybody on the campus who has a significant responsibility for students: RA’s, athletic directors, etc. If you’re a professor who only teaches, you’re not a CSA.
  • CSA’s have the responsibility to report and notify other people if they are aware of a crime, they’re supposed to notify the clery officer for their campus (which is the police chief)
    • The officer has to evaluate it from crime alert, make sure it goes on the crime log, and count it statistically when they send in the results of the year to the board of education
    • The victim could choose not to investigate, this is a victim driven process, you want the victim to have control because their control was taken away from them.
  • Confidentiality is important, if they do not want their name released it does not have to be
  • You have to report the crime and also the geography, residential housing: a subcategory of on campus, off campus, public property
    • Geography is very important, the accuracy of what location the incident occurred in has to be precise
  • “Just give me a brief summary of what happened”- she can see what is reportable and what is not
  • Follow up question revolves around the location
  • If someone wants to do a police investigation, how long is that process?
    • There is no cost to the victim, the process’s length depends on so many things, could be any sort of length depending on witnesses and residence of the suspects, it can be a very long process.
  • Is it worth it?
    • That’s where the victim’s choice comes in. We have victim advocates.
    • People get used to watching the show’s CSI and assume the processes take little time but it is very inaccurate. It is what the victim wants, if they want to take the time to investigate they can choose to do that whenever.
    • They can also choose to terminate an ongoing investigation.
  • How effective have the investigations been?
    • I think we do a good job, most of the time: most of the victims do not want to pursue their attackers. One investigation began at 2:30 AM, and put in 80 hours overtime, and we did have closure on that one, unfortunately not the right kind of closure, but there was closure. The sooner you get to it the better of a chance you get to attaining the good result.
  • In Louisiana, it’s called battery, not assault. The way we would write assaults, I would read the report and review the clery definitions.
  • Penn State- Sandusky incident.
    • Once that became knowledge, nobody reported it. Several people knew about it and nobody reported it to the police. The coaches who knew about it, athletic director, vice president, and president had a legal obligation to report the crime. All of them did what they thought was right and told their supervisor, the person in power above them.
    • The clery auditors have not released the fine that they will impose on Penn State, and it’s been 4 years. Speculations revolve around millions of dollars will be fined.
    • Eastern Michigan- girl raped and murdered- they didn’t want anyone to know this happened and claimed she had committed suicide. Police chief was fired with criminal charges, many people were removed from power.
  • Clery applies to everyone on a college campus
    • It applies to faculty, staff and students
    • In the reports, we don’t want to talk about the victim or identify them in any way, maybe insert a suspect description
  • Under clery, we have 4 sex crimes: rape, fondling, statutory rape, and incest.
    • The last two are unenforceable.
  • Where can you find the report just issued?
  • You can not compare universities for multiple reasons, one is because we have completely different populations, there is no use in a comparison because the data will be drastically different due to many factors.
  • Why do we have more thefts than the year before? How do you answer that? You can’t, data is just reporting what happened.
  • Why do we have less drug crimes than the year before? You can probably answer that. Better educated individuals are not making the same mistakes they would have made without the new info they have learned through classes
  • Making sense of the numbers, what do they really mean?

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