The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act I is a federal statute that requires every college to publish an annual security report.
That requirement exists under the Clery act, which is designed to provide information to the community members about crimes that have happened on campus.
According to the Clery Report that came out Sepember 27, 2018, the report contains statistics and policy statements related to crime, emergency management, fire safety and whether the incident occurred on or immediately adjacent to property owned or controlled by the College.
The report can be seen as a consumer protection law which enables prospective parents or students who are considering KSC as a school.
The majority of sexual assaults go unreported and unpunished. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) reports that nearly 70% of victims don’t inform the police and that only 25% of reported assaults eventually result in an arrest.
Title IX Discrimination and Harassment Coordinator Jeff Maher said, “I think it is really difficult to determine a single cause to an increase in reports … And it is important to recognize the national dialogue around sexual assault, cause we might be seeing an increase in reporting sexual assault.” Maher said, “We want our students to share their stories, we want our students to report, so I really hesitate to say if rapes are increasing or decreasing. We are simply receiving more reports.”
The college could receive a report anonymously through an online tool that is on the Title IX website — a friend can submit a report concerning a peer. Even if the person who is impacted is not making the report, it’s still a report to the college.
According to the Clery report in 2015 and 2016, there were two weapon possessions reported on campus. Maher said “The way we find a student’s weapons is if we receive anonymous tips from a student, or campus safety will respond to an event at a residence hall for one reason; and while they are there, they find a weapon.”
Environmental Studies sophomore Nolan Carrier said, “The only thing that concerns me about the report is the raise in rape reports on campus. Either more people are reporting it or more people are getting sexually assaulted.”
“The drug and alcohol numbers don’t surprise me because we are at a college, and drinking and smoking is just a part of the culture in college,” Carrier said.
Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct Matthew Salter said, “As far as the student conduct office is concerned with marijuana on campus, we have actually seen a drop in drug use compared to the previous years.”
Salter said out of the 285 reports made last year on drug charges, most of them were related to marijuana. Salter also mentioned how they have seen a decrease of students getting caught drinking on campus.
There is a map called the Clery geography map which indicates where around KSC that the Clery act reports were filed. If a student is caught breaking a law off of the map, then Keene police will respond to the incident.
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