GW Releases Annual Safety and Security Report

The report finds that overall reported crime in 2018 declined or remained flat at the university.

Annual report
October 02, 2019

George Washington University released its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report on Tuesday, presenting information on the crimes and other offenses reported to the Office of Safety and Security, the GW Police Department and other university offices during 2018.

This report is compiled each year by the Division of Safety and Security in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act, commonly known as the Clery Act.

Under that statute, the university is required to report on the incidence of certain offenses as defined by the Clery Act and the U.S. Department of Education. The report includes statistics about crimes on campus, certain off-campus properties owned or controlled by GW and on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus.

As stated in the report, 24 cases of rape were reported on the Foggy Bottom campus and one was reported on the Mount Vernon campus in 2018. Thirty-three rapes were reported on the Foggy Bottom campus in 2017 and 5 were reported on the Mount Vernon campus.

The number of stalking reports on the Foggy Bottom campus decreased in 2018 to 13 over the previous year’s 32, while the fondling reports remained at 10.

The number of reported stalking cases on the Mount Vernon campus dropped from 3 to 2 and the number of fondling reports fell to 0 from 4.

The reported incidents of domestic violence increased to 10 in 2018 compared to 9 the previous year on the Foggy Bottom campus, while incidents of dating violence fell to 1 from 11. There were no reported incidents of domestic or dating violence in either 2017 or 2018 on the Mount Vernon campus.

Making sure sexual assault survivors have access to services and resources is a priority for the university. Survivors and third-parties can report incidents to GWPD, to the Title IX office and online through Haven. The Colonial Health Center also offers a resource in the form of a trauma services coordinator to help support students who are survivors of sexual assault. The sexual assault response and consultation team (SARC) responds 24/7 to help victims of sexual assault online and at (202) 994-7222.

The number of reported burglaries on the Foggy Bottom campus climbed to 14 in 2018 compared to 8 in 2017.  Seventeen robberies were also reported on the campus in 2018, compared to 16 the previous year.

There were no reported burglaries on the Mount Vernon campus in 2018, compared to 1 the previous year. There were also no reported robberies on the Mount Vernon campus over the last two years.

One notable decrease is the number of disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations. The number of disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations on the Foggy Bottom campus fell to 161 in 2018 from 361 the previous year. Based on guidance received last year from subject-matter experts, GWPD changed report procedures for liquor law violations to accurately capture only the individuals referred for discipline. The number of arrests for liquor law violations also fell to 1 from 8.

Five disciplinary referrals for liquor law violations were made on the Mount Vernon campus in 2018, compared to 14 in 2017. There were 0 arrests for liquor law violations either year.

Five arrests for drug law violations were reported on the Foggy Bottom campus in 2018, compared to 17 the previous year. The number of disciplinary referrals for drug law violations rose to 167 compared to the previous year’s 157 reported incidents. There were no arrests for drug law violations on the Mount Vernon campus in 2018, consistent with the previous year’s total. The number of disciplinary referrals for drug law violations has also remained flat at 7 over the last two years.

There were no reported hate crimes on the Foggy Bottom or Mount Vernon campuses in either 2018 or 2017.

The entire report is available online here.

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