Indiana University students and employees received an email on Thursday from Benjamin Hunter, superintendent of public safety at IU, making them aware of the availability of the latest Annual Security Report.
These reports are required by the Department of Education, through the Jeanne Clery Act, but they're more than a legal requirement to public safety officials. They provide current and prospective IU students and staff information about crimes that occur on or near IU property, both on campus and off. They also discuss resources and programs designed for public safety, victim assistance and transparency.
“The Annual Security Report is an important tool for our students, faculty and staff to keep current on key university policies and statistics," Hunter said. "We strive to improve the document each year to make it relevant to each of our campuses. We value everyone’s input as we continue to improve on ways to inform the IU community for their safety.”
The reports are always available on the Protect IU website, which houses safety and security information for IU and its Public Safety and Institutional Assurance, which includes the Indiana University Police Department.
Questions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Hunter and others will also answer questions sent to @ProtectIU on Twitter and #CleryIU.
If you read through the Annual Security Report for your campus, you will see it includes much more than crime statistics. It discusses programs and initiatives implemented throughout the year to maintain public safety, as well as resources for those persons who might fall victim to crime or who might require help dealing with alcohol or other drugs. They also contain information about fire safety, building security, and emergency drills, tests, and evacuations, all of which are designed to make IU a safer environment for everyone.
"The information in the reports demonstrates how safety at IU is a team endeavor," Hunter said. "It requires solid partnerships between public safety staff, student affairs, residential services and most importantly, our students and employees. Remember the saying, "If you see something, say something."