CSULA Student Health Center: Crime Reporting

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Call '911' in an Emergency

 

All members of the University community are encouraged to report campus-related (occurring on- or off-campus) acts of violence, other criminal activity, and policy offenses.

Reporting criminal incidents and policy violations is very important. It assists victims in obtaining information about their rights, becoming eligible for victim-witness assistance programs, and helps ensure awareness of available on-campus and community victim support resources. Crime reporting can aid police in evidence collection and help protect future victims. Reporting also increases campus awareness and can help improve the safety of the University community. In addition, crime reporting helps Cal State L.A. evaluate the effectiveness of its violence policies, procedures, sanctions, and prevention programs.

 

Reporting Criminal and Other Emergencies

Criminal, medical and fire emergencies should be immediately reported to University Police or local law enforcement. In an emergency:

  • Call 9-1-1 immediately. From a campus phone or campus public phone, you will be connected to University Police. From an off-campus phone, you will be connected with the law enforcement jurisdiction from which you are calling. From a cellular phone, you will be connected to the California Highway Patrol.
  • Use the Emergency Phones (“Blue Light,” non-dial, outdoor emergency telephones) located throughout campus and in parking lots/structures.
  • Call University Police: (323) 343-3700; on-campus extension: 3-3700.

When reporting a crime (or other emergency such as a medical emergency or fire) be prepared to provide incident details which may include:

  • WHO: Name, description, address, phone number, faculty or staff member, student, or visitor.
  • WHAT: The circumstances and sequence of events leading up to the incident.
  • WHEN: Time of day.
  • WHERE: Location of the incident.
  • HOW: Describe how the offense was committed.
  • WHY: What was the cause of the incident?

Give clear and accurate information. Please do not hang up! Follow the instructions of the police dispatcher.

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Clery Act Violation Complaints

Clery Act violation complaints can be directed to the U.S. Department of Education, OCR Regional Office at U.S. Department of Education, 50 United Nations Plaza, Room 205, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone: (415) 556-4120, fax: (415) 437-7540. Free assistance with filing a Clery Act complaint may be obtained through the Clery Center for Security on Campus at (888) 251-7959 or by message.

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Confidential Crime Reporting

To report a crime on a confidential basis call the University Police Victim/Witness Assistance line: (323) 343-3756.

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action with the criminal justice system or within the University system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, University Police can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The information could assist University Police in taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others by determining if a pattern of crime exists and to alert the campus community to potential danger, if appropriate. You may also give confidential reports to Campus Security Authorities (see below). Reports filed in this manner will also be included in the annual security and fire safety report.

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Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints

Sexual violence encompases criminal acts that are also forms of sexual harassment/sex discrimination, a violation of Title IX (federal law). Cal State L.A. community members who believe they are a victim of sex discrimination, may file complaints with the Office for Equity and Diversity, Administration 606, telephone: (323) 343-3040.

In addition, discrimination complaints may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of the occurrence of the discriminatory act. Information on the complaint process is available in the OCR's How to File a Discrimination Complaint with the Office for Civil Rights brochure. Information is also available from the OCR Regional Office at U.S. Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105, Telephone: (415) 486-5555, TDD: (877) 521-2172, Fax: (415) 486-5570, Email: ocr.sanfrancisco@ed.gov.

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Faculty/Staff Misconduct Complaints

Misconduct complaints may be filed against any Cal State L.A. faculty or staff member who commits campus-related sexual and other violence in violation of University policies and conduct codes. Complaints are filled with the Office for Equity and Diversity, Administration 606, telephone: (323) 343-3040.

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Reporting to Campus Security Authorities

For those who do not wish to file a criminal report or complaint, domestic and sexual violence and other crimes may be reported to Campus Security Authorities (CSA). These individuals will provide victims with important information and resources, whether or not the crime occured on or off campus (click on Victims' Rights for more information). If desired and requested, CSA can also assist victims and witnesses with notifying University Police or other law enforcement agencies. Click on Campus Security Authorities for additional information.

Cal State L.A. Campus Security Authorities include:

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Student Misconduct Complaints

Student misconduct complaints may be filed against any Cal State L.A. student who commits campus-related sexual and other violence in violation of University policies and the Student Code of Conduct. For more information, or to file a student misconduct complaint contact the Judicial Affairs Officer, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, Student Affairs 117, telephone: (323) 343-3103.

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References

Jeanne clery disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics act, 20 U.S.C. §1092(f) (1998). Retrieved January 15, 2008, from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. Department of Representatives at http://uscode.house.gov/

Office of Postsecondary Education (2011). The handbook for campus safety and security reporting. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/handbook-2.pdf

University Police. (2012). Annual security and fire safety report. California State University, Los Angeles. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from /univ/police/clery.php

University Police. (2011). Annual security and fire safety report. California State University, Los Angeles. Retrieved March 19, 2013, from /univ/police/clery.php

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