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Release: Sept. 1, 2000

UI crime statistics are released

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa crime statistics released today show that the UI continues to be a relatively safe campus for its 28,000-plus students.

The 1999 figures for crimes reported on or near UI property show there were 102 criminal reports across nine felony categories and 334 arrests for liquor law and drug violations. There was one reported hate crime based on sexual orientation and no hate crimes in areas of race, gender, religion, ethnicity or disability.

The crime and arrests report, which will be mailed to students and employees, includes additional crime categories and reporting zones not included in last year's report. Federal rules now require that the annual crime report indicate the location of crimes using geographic reporting zones (UI campus property, residence halls property, public property near campus, non-campus University property, and student organization property.)

The majority of crimes occurring near campus were reported to the Iowa City Police Department. Statistics in the report were compiled and released jointly by the Office of the Vice President for Student Services and the UI Department of Public Safety, after consultation with the Iowa City Police Department. (See attached table for a comprehensive categorization of 1999 crime statistics)

The breakdown for the felony categories in the 1999 calendar year are: no murders; no manslaughter reports; 12 forcible sex offenses; no non-forcible sex offenses; one robbery; 26 aggravated assaults; 53 burglaries; nine motor vehicle thefts; and one arson.

"The UI is vigilant in protecting students and members of its campus-community," says Charles Green, director, UI Public Safety. "Individuals can help reduce the chances that they will be victims of a crime by reporting suspicious or harassing behaviors and by taking advantage of safety and self-defense classes."

Green says other steps everyone in the community can take are to lock up their valuable possessions in a drawer or safe place, lock and park their vehicles in a well-lighted area and remove valuables. Still other protective measures include walking with friends after dark, and if that's not possible, letting people know where you are going and when you expect to return.

During 1999 there were 346 disciplinary referrals (non-arrest complaints initiated against

students who committed misconduct that constituted a liquor law, drug or weapons crime) and four weapons possession arrests.

Green and Tom Baker, assistant dean of students, say the statistics reflect only crimes committed on campus or near UI property. Students and other members of the UI community can be victims of crimes away from campus. The Iowa City and Coralville police departments and the Johnson County Sheriffs Department maintain off-campus crime statistics.

See Table E for comprehensive categorization of 1999 crime statistics.

University of Iowa

University of Iowa: Crime Statistics on University-owned Property and Non-Campus Reporting Zones*

Felony

1997

1998

1999

Murder

0

0

0

Manslaughter

0

0

0

Forcible Sex Offenses

4

11

12

Non-forcible Sex Offenses

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

1

Aggravated Assault

4

1

26

Burglary

89

64

53

Motor Vehicle Theft

2

9

9

Arson

0

1

1

       

*Non-campus Reporting Zones for 1999 crimes include student organization property, public property contiguous to campus, Lake Okoboji Lakeside Laboratory, Lake Macbride Field Campus, and the UI Oakdale Campus

University of Iowa

Crime Statistics on University-owned Property and Non-Campus Reporting Zones*

ARRESTS

Crime

1997

1998

1999

Liquor Law Violations

     

Arrests

93

266

234

Disciplinary Referrals

n/a

n/a

346

Drug Law Violations

     

Arrests

43

92

100

Disciplinary Referrals

n/a

n/a

0

University of Iowa

Crime Statistics on University-owned Property and Non-Campus Reporting Zones*

ARRESTS

Weapons Possession

     

Arrests

     

Disciplinary Referrals

0

6

4

 

n/a

n/a

0

n/a = data not available for 1997 & 1998

Disciplinary Referrals include non arrest disciplinary complaints initiated against students who committed misconduct that constituted a liquor law, drug or weapon crime.

In the nine felony categories listed above, one hate crime was committed during the 1999 year. This hate crime, an aggravated assault, took place at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics and was motivated by prejudice based on sexual orientation. No other felonies or bodily injury crimes reported in 1999 manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity, as defined by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act 28 U.S.C. 534.

These statistics are derived from criminal reports received by the respective law enforcement agencies, the Office of the Vice President for Student Services, and the University Department of Residence Services. The statistics do not include privileged counseling information known to the University Counseling Center or the Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP). RVAP maintains comprehensive statistics on sexual assault calls received from all four jurisdictions in the greater Iowa City area, including cases where the victim has chosen not to report to law enforcement authorities. RVAP statistics and other information related to sexual assault are available by calling 335-6001.

 

University of Iowa

Crime Statistics on University-owned Property and Non-Campus Reporting Zones*

CRIME PROFILE BY LOCATION (1999 CALENDAR YEAR)

Crime

Campus Residence Halls

Other Campus Property1

Non-Campus Building or Property2

Public Property near Campus3

Totals

Murder

0

0

0

0

0

Manslaughter

0

0

0

0

0

Forcible Sex

Offense

7

4

0

1

12

Non-forcible Sex Offense

0

0

0

0

0

Robbery

0

0

0

1

1

Aggravated Assault

4

10

2

10

26

Burglary

24

20

9

0

53

Motor Vehicle Theft

0

5

1

3

9

Arson

1

0

0

0

1

Bodily Injury Hate Crimes

0

0

0

0

0

Arrests:

         

Liquor Laws

27

143

2

62

234

Drug Laws

27

40

0

33

100

Weapons

0

3

0

1

4

Disciplinary Referrals:

         

Liquor Laws

346

0

0

0

346

Drug Laws

0

0

0

0

0

Weapons

0

0

0

0

0

 

University of Iowa

Crime Statistics on University-owned Property and Non-Campus Reporting Zones*

HATE CRIMES BY LOCATION (1999) AMONG THE CRIME CATEGORIES LISTED ABOVE

Categories of Prejudice

Campus Residence Halls

Other Campus Property1

Non-Campus Building or Property2

Public Property near Campus3

Totals

Race

0

0

0

0

0

Gender

0

0

0

0

0

Religion

0

0

0

0

0

Sexual Orientation

0

1

0

0

1

Ethnicity

0

0

0

0

0

Disability

0

0

0

0

0

1Includes all crimes on University-owned property or University-leased property on or near the Iowa City campus with the exception of crimes in the residence halls.

2Includes student organization property, Lake Okoboji Lakeside Laboratory, Lake Macbride Field Campus, and the UI Oakdale Campus.

3Includes property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus such as thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities. A majority of the crimes occurring near UI property zones were reported only to the Iowa City Police Department.

The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment or in its education programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX, Section 504, and the ADA in the Office of Affirmative Action, The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa, 52242-1316;phone 319/335-0705 (voice) or 319/335-0697(text).