Are you ready to begin reporting for this year’s Campus Crime Survey?
The Campus Crime and Security Survey, is due by October 1st of each year. The survey collects information regarding campus crime statistics. Schools are required to report certain statistics to ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education about crimes that occurred on campus using data maintained by their campus security department or designated school officials responsible for maintaining a security log. Additionally, schools are required to report any statistics provided from local or state police agencies.
Reporting Campus Crime requires input from local law enforcement authorities.
A school must make a reasonable effort to obtain the required statistics from police departments and as a best practice should keep documentation of their efforts to do so, as well as any responses they receive. Although the Campus Crime and Security Survey has historically had a one-hundred percent response rate from schools each year, some schools have been cited for failing to keep supporting documentation, and even failing to reach out to their local police. Some schools have even been cited for failing to disclose certain crimes, particularly those covered under Title IX and VAWA which include forcible sex offenses. All of the information schools report each year is extremely important for providing a safe environment for students and staff and keeping them informed about campus safety and security.
All Title IV postsecondary institutions are required to participate in this data collection with two exceptions:
- If your institution has a campus that opened after January 31st in the latest calendar year for which the survey collects data, that campus isn’t required to complete the survey. For example, if the campus opened in September 2016, the campus shouldn’t complete the 2017 survey which collects statistics for the entire 2016 calendar year. The campus is, however, required to comply with all other HEA safety- and security-related requirements and will be required to complete the 2018 survey.
- If yours is a distance education-only institution, the institution isn’t required to complete the survey.
In August the survey website will open for online registration. The link for the website is:http://surveys.ope.ed.gov/security/
A new User ID and Password is issued each year. Registration certificates went out in mid-July so you should be receiving a registration certificate by mail, which contains a user ID and Password to register on the survey website. Once registered, you can begin entering information for the data collection. OPE published a new Campus Safety Users Guide in 2017 which you can read here for more info.