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Reporting Incidents to the Department of Public Safety

Student, faculty or staff members who are a victim of crime, observe an incidence of crime, need to report a missing person, or witnesses suspicious activity are encouraged to promptly report the information to the Department of Public Safety. Individuals can report information by calling 215.596.7000, or by using one of the emergency call boxes, that directly establishes communication with the Department of Public Safety 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The officer answering the call will ask specific questions in order to direct the appropriate response, dispatch additional services, send an officer to take a report or to take the necessary steps to address the situation.

When filing a report be prepared to provide as much detailed information as possible and to speak in a clear and calm manner. It is extremely important that as much information as possible is provided, such as; name, location, time, date, and a description of the incident.

Campus Reporting Authority Policy

The “Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act” requires the University to collect crime data from the local police and campus security authorities.

The Clery Act mandates that institutions must disclose statistics both for crimes reported to local police agencies and crimes reported to campus security authorities. The intent of including non-law enforcement personnel as campus security authorities is to acknowledge that many individuals and students in particular, are hesitant about reporting crimes to the police, but may be more inclined to report incidents to other campus-affiliated individuals.

The function of a campus security authority is to report to the Department of Public Safety, those allegations of Clery Act crimes that he or she concludes are made in good faith. A campus security authority is not responsible for determining authoritatively whether a crime took place—that is the function of law enforcement personnel.

Once a report is received it must be forwarded to the Department of Public Safety, a representative of the Public Safety Department is available to assist you determine what information should be report and will work with you in maintaining the confidentiality of the individual. Reports filed in this manner are counted in the crime statistics for the University, but the identity of the victim is kept confidential.

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