About Our Annual Campus Safety Report
Information on Crime Statistics Preparation and Reporting
The procedures for preparing the annual disclosure of crime statistics include reporting statistics to the College community obtained from the following sources: Hartwick College Campus Safety, Oneonta Police Department, Delaware County Sheriff’s Department, and New York State Police and non-Campus Safety officials (as defined below). For statistical purposes, crime statistics reported to any of these sources are recorded in the calendar year the crime was reported.
A written request for statistical information is made on an annual basis to all College directors and department heads (non-Campus Safety officials). Statistical information is requested and provided to Campus Safety by the employees at the College Counseling Center, even though they are not required by law to provide statistics for the compliance document.
Specific Information about Classifying Crime Statistics for this Report
The statistics in this report are published in accordance with the standards and guidelines used by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook and federal law (the Clery Act).
The number of victims involved in a particular incident is indicated in the statistics column for the following crime classifications: Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter, Negligent Manslaughter, Forcible and Non-Forcible Sex Offenses, Aggravated Assault. For example, if an aggravated assault occurs and there are three victims, this would be counted as three aggravated assaults in the crime statistics chart.
The number reflected in the statistics for the following crime categories includes one offense per distinct operation: Robbery, Burglary, Larceny, and Arson. For example, if five students are walking across campus together and they are robbed, this would count as one instance of robbery in the crime statistics chart.
In cases of motor vehicle theft, each vehicle stolen is counted as a statistic.
In cases involving Liquor Law, Drug Law, and Illegal Weapons violations, each person who was arrested is indicated in the arrest statistics.
The statistics captured under the "Referred for Disciplinary Action" section for Liquor Law, Drug Law, and Illegal Weapons violations indicates the number of people referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and found responsible for violating those specific laws. Being found responsible includes a referral that resulted in disciplinary action being initiated by Student Judicial Affairs and a record of the action being kept on file.
The statistics in the Hate Crime chart are separated by category of prejudice, but the numbers for each specific crime category are part of the overall statistics reported for each year. The only exception to this is the addition of Simple Assault to the Hate Crime chart. If a hate crime occurs where there is bodily injury, the law requires that the statistic be reported as a hate crime even though there is no requirement to report the crime classification in any other area of the compliance document.
Specific Information about the Crime Statistics Reported by Hartwick
Statistics for "Residential Facilities" are also counted in the "On Campus" crime category. The law requires institutions to break out the number of "on campus" crimes that occur in residential facilities. Statistics for the category of larceny are not required by law, but are provided in the interest of acquainting students with the Hartwick environment.
Statistics under the heading of "Referred for Disciplinary Action" includes individuals referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The numbers include referrals that are made via Campus Safety incident reports and reports provided directly to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs from other members of the Hartwick community.
The crime statistics for residence halls that are outside the campus boundaries are captured in the non-campus column, i.e. Pine Lake.
Geography definitions are taken directly from the Clery Act
On Campus--defined as: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of or in a manner related to the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls; and (2) Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the area identified in item (1) that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or retail vendor).
Non-Campus Building Or Property--defined as: (1) Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (2) Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of or in relation to the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.
Public Property--defined as: All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.
Hate Crime: A hate or bias-related crime is not a separate, distinct crime, but is the commission of a criminal offense that was motivated by the offender's bias. For example, a subject assaults a victim, which is a crime. If the facts of the case indicate that the offender was motivated to commit the offense because of his/her bias against the victim's race, sexual orientation, etc...the assault is then also classified as a hate/bias crime.
Hartwick College crime statistics do not include crimes that occur in privately owned homes or businesses within or adjacent to the campus boundaries.