University’s annual campus safety and fire safety report shows crime plummets in unprecedented pandemic year



Most reported crime cases decreased from 2019 to 2020, with the exception of domestic and dating violence.

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Yale’s annual Campus Safety and Fire Safety Report, released Thursday, found that reported cases of crime and sexual assault on campus declined between 2019 and 2020.

The 2020 report was announced in a school-wide email from Jack Callahan, senior vice president of operations at Yale. This shows that crime generally declined between the years 2019 and 2020; for example, the report found that campus burglary cases fell from 36 in 2019 to 20 in 2020, while incidents of sexual assault saw a smaller decline from 32 in 2019 to 29 in 2020. campus drug arrests fell from 10 to three. and stalking cases dropped from 20 to six over the two years. However, domestic and dating violence increased slightly in 2020 – the report lists ten on-campus cases, up from eight in 2020. Neither year saw campus murders.

“The report underscores Yale Public Safety’s commitment to maintaining a safe living, learning and work environment in partnership with our shared community,” wrote Yale Police Department Chief Ronnell Higgins in an e -mail to News.

The report, which is usually released no later than October 1, is mandated by the Jeanne Clery Campus Security Policy Disclosure Act and the Campus Crime Statistics Act, or “Clery Act.” . It is compiled by the Yale Police Department using data provided by a number of university officers including the Office of the General Counsel, the Office of the Fire Marshal, the Title IX Office, the Committee Sexual Misconduct Academic, Office of Emergency Management, and Yale College.

The report is compiled from crime statistics collected by the Yale Police Department as well as fire statistics from the Yale Fire Marshal’s Office. The Yale Police Department collects these crime statistics from two main sources: police departments and school officials “with knowledge of formal and informal complaints” from campus security authorities. CSA reports are requested annually by the Senior Vice President of Operations, and the report is compiled accordingly.

In a year of drastic changes brought on by the pandemic, the report also allowed all university offices to share how they faced such challenges and detail the resources available through their offices. He also briefly described the University’s future plans to tackle COVID-19, sexual assault, and campus crime.

The report also examined last year’s COVID-19 response, highlighting how the University requires that “all students, faculty, staff, and postdoctoral or postdoctoral fellows” be fully immunized or have approved term exemptions.

In an email to the News, Dean of Student Affairs Melanie Boyd attributed the University’s successful response to COVID-19 in part to its vaccination strategy.

“Yale was fortunate to have spent the past year without major outbreaks. Boyd wrote. “Much of the credit goes to the layered approach – a lot [of] prevention through education and public health guidelines, as well as routine testing that allowed for rapid isolation and contact tracing when positive cases emerged. ”

In the college-wide email, Callahan encouraged students to review the report and inquire about campus resources available to them.

In particular, Title IX section of the report provides a comprehensive list of resources available to student victims of gender discrimination. According to the report, gender discrimination can include “sexual harassment, sexual assault and other forms of sexual misconduct”.

If students are facing such a problem or need someone to consult, they can refer to the Title IX Coordinators Report Directory or view descriptions of various programs to file complaints, receive medical attention, or research. emotional support. These include the University Committee on Sexual Misconduct (UWC), the Center for Intervention and Education in Sexual Harassment and Assault (SHARE) and the Communication and Consent Educator Program (CCE). ).

“I hope people know we exist and at least know who the CCEs are in their college,” Josephine Holubkov ’24, a CCE, said of the program.

Moving forward, Holubkov added that the CCE Survivor Support Project team was considering how best to organize interventions for people who have experienced sexual violence “this year and beyond”. In addition, the group plans to organize spectator workshops for early years and second year students, as well as more specific workshops for students in upper grades.

Students can access the full report on the Yale Public Safety Website.


Razel Suansing is a journalist and producer for the City, YTV and Magazine offices. It covers cops and the courts, specifically state criminal justice reform efforts, the New Haven Police Department, and the Yale Police Department. Originally from Manila, Philippines, she is in her first year at Davenport College, majoring in Global Affairs.


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