Phoenix 101: How To Read The Annual Security Report

Zack Miller | The Phoenix

Students checking their inbox Oct. 27 might have come across an email from Campus Safety containing Loyola’s Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report

This report was initially published on Oct. 1 and updated on Oct. 21. It’s mandated by the Clery Act — a law requiring universities receiving federal funding to publicly report crimes that occur within certain geographic areas, The Phoenix reported. In addition, it covers all policies and programs related to campus safety and student wellbeing.  

The Phoenix analyzes the report every year but has prepared a guide for students who want to jump in and read the 101 page report themselves.

From pages of policy to the actual numbers, here’s the 101 on how to read the Annual Security Report and Fire Safety Report. 

Leslie Owens | The Phoenix

Breaking it down

The report can be broken down into three main sections: security policies and procedures, crime statistics and the Fire Safety Report. The bulk of the document, spanning pages 7-66, is security policies and procedures. 

Within the first section of the report, students can find information on Campus Safety policies such as the missing person policy, information on Loyola Alerts and the jurisdictional limits of Campus Safety and the report. 

Of particular note in this section is Loyola’s policies regarding sexual assault which can be found on pages 34-58 of this year’s report, Loyola’s drug and alcohol policies can be found on pages 59-61 and safety tips can be found on pages 16 and 17. 

Crime statistics can be found on 67 through 89. 

Reading the Crime Statistics

The first part of the section on crime statistics contains definitions of the various crimes listed in the report as well as the definitions of the geographic terms used. The statistics themselves begin on page 69. 

Crime statistics are broken down into a few different categories. First, the statistics are divided based on which campus they occurred on. Lakeshore, Water Tower, Health Science Campus in Maywood, LUREC, Cuneo Mansion & Gardens, the John Felice Rome Center and the Vietnam Center all have their own sections where data is recorded. 

Next, the data is divided into four main sections for each campus: criminal offences, hate crimes, arrests and disciplinary referrals and offenses that fall under the Violence Against Women Act. After each of these sections there is a paragraph detailing any unfounded reports. 

The data is then further broken down into the type of offense, the year it occurred and the geographic location it occurred in. Data from the previous three years is shown on each year’s report. 

There are four geographic locations listed in the crime stats for the report: on-campus property, student housing, public property and non-campus property. Full definitions on what these terms mean can be found on page 68, but the basics are as follows: 

Leslie Owens | The Phoenix

It’s important to note that the report only covers incidents reported in these specific areas so if something is reported outside of them, it won’t show up in the report. 

Fire Safety Report

The last part of the report is the Fire Safety Report. The shortest of the three main sections, it spans pages 90-101 and includes data and policies related to fire safety. 

Unlike other sections, this section looks exclusively at resident halls on the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, LUREC and the Vietnam Center. The data is broken down by campus and building and looks at the number of fires, cause of the fire, injuries and deaths from the fire and value of property damaged in the fire. 

The report also contains information on the fire safety and prevention measures in each of the residents halls and the John Felice Rome Center, as well as the evacuation procedures for each residence hall should a fire break out.

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