Current Statistics and Policies
Included in this brochure are the most recent campus crime statistics available.
These statistics are reported in accordance with Federal Law. The reader should be aware that these figures do not represent the total number of occurrences on campus. Theft, disturbances, vandalism and other less serious events can and do take place. Crimes do occur that are not reported. The campus community is encouraged to observe basic self-awareness and preventive techniques that should be utilized in any setting, including their own hometown. Policies are more fully articulated and presented in the University of Rhode Island's Student Handbook which clearly outlines procedures for bringing complaints and charges to the University. Current copies are distributed during the orientation and registration period. The statistics for each calendar year are published in the month of October the following year.
The Campus Security Act requires institutions of higher learning to identify persons on their campuses who are mandated reporters of crime. Specifically, the Act requires that a person who has "significant responsibility for student and campus activities but does not have significant counseling responsibilities" to report crimes which are made known to them. Accordingly, the following University of Rhode Island officials/departments are surveyed by the Police and Security Department on an annual basis. They are asked to fill in a table reporting instances of crime for the purposes of this Act:
Director of Police and Security and all Police and Security Officers
Vice President for Student Affairs
Assistant Vice President for Student Life
Dean of Students
Director of Student Life
Director of student Activities
Director of Residential Life
Director of Student Activities
Director of Athletics
Director of University Libraries
Director of the Multicultural Center
Director of Affirmative Action
Deans and Directors of Providence, West Greenwich and Narragansett Campuses
Any other person who has knowledge of crime should report that crime for the purposes of this Act.
The University of Rhode Island does not presently have a voluntary confidential reporting system for annual crime statistics.
Students who have engaged in criminal activities while off campus at University sponsored or recognized events, may be charged criminally by the local Police Department. These students also face discipline from the University Judicial System.
DEFINITIONS OF REPORTABLE CRIMES
Murder: The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Aggravated Assault: An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon, or displays it in a threatening manner, or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or a loss of consciousness. An unsuccessful attempt to commit murder is classified as an aggravated assault.
I. Forcible: The offenses listed below with the exception of fondling, require penetration of an bodily orifice. The act must be against the victim's will or the victim must be legally incapable of giving consent due to temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity - including intoxication - or because of the victim's youth.
Rape - forced sexual intercourse.
Sodomy - forced oral or anal sexual intercourse.
Sexual Assault with an Object - use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly, the genital or anal opening of the body of another person. An "object" or "instrument" is anything used by the offender other than the offender's genitalia.
Forcible Fondling - the touching of the private body parts of another person for the purpose of sexual gratification.
Incest - nonforcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
Statutory Rape - Nonforcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.
Robbery: The taking, or attempt to take, anything of value under confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another person or persons by force, or threat of force, violence or by putting the victim in fear of immediate harm.
Motor Vehicle Theft: The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
Burglary (Breaking and Entering): The unlawful entry into a building or structure with the intent to commit a felony or theft. Forced entry is not a required element of the offense, so long as the entry is unlawful (a trespass). The entry may be made through an unlocked door or window. Burglary includes unsuccessful attempts at entry using force or where an offender is frightened off while entering an unlocked door or open window.
Hate Crime: Any crime motivated by bigotry and bias, including, but not limited to threatened, or completed acts that appear after investigation to have been racial, religious, ethnic, sexual orientation, gender or disability prejudice. For the purposes of the Campus Security Act, statistics concerning the above listed offenses that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender or disabiltiy are shown in the Hate Crime row of the statistical table.
Liquor Law Violation: Any violation of any law or ordinance prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of alcoholic beverages. Driving under the Influence of an intoxication substance comes under a different statute as does "drunkenness".
Drug Abuse Violation: Any violation of any law prohibiting production, manufacture (including growing), distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances. Also possession of equipment or devices utilized for their production or use.
Weapons Possession: Any violation of any laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession, concealment or use of firearms, edged instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly weapons.
If you wish to receive any updated statistical information, call the Police Department at (401) 874-4910. If you need information on a specific policy, the Office of Student Life at (401) 874-2101 will be happy to provide it. The Police Website @ www.uri.edu/admin/uripd/cleryAct.php, displays the text and tables of this document and is updated on a regular basis.
Should you have any questions regarding the information provided in this brochure, please feel free to contact either of the above offices.
Remember, by working in partnership, the University of Rhode Island community will be successful in maintaining a safe environment for learning.