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UTSA improves commitment to campus safety after Clery Act audit

2023 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report details campus crime statistics
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Chloe Williams

Since enacting plans to address issues in reporting compliance, the Main Campus reported reduced rates of liquor and drug law violations, burglary and rape in 2022 from their three-year peak in 2021. 

Each year, UTSA releases a security and fire safety report in compliance with the 1990 Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. As per the Clery Act, UTSA publishes statistics of reported crimes on or around campus and information related to fires on campus from the last three years. This year’s report follows the announcement that UTSA settled a $670k fine with the Department of Education for inadequately reporting crime statistics between 2015 and 2017. 

The report describes fire statistics at various dorms. There was one fire at Laurel Village in 2020, two fires in 2021 at Laurel Village and University Oaks and one at Chaparral Village last year. The report also includes crime statistics from both the Main and Downtown Campuses and details various offense types committed from 2020 to 2022. 

On and around the Main Campus, there were 13 reported cases of rape in 2021 and 12 in 2022. Drug law violations resulting in arrests decreased slightly from 44 in 2021 to 42 in 2022. Another crime that decreased was burglary, which went down from 25 cases in 2021 to three in 2022. 

The most significant crime decrease was in liquor law violations resulting in arrests, from 120 cases in 2021 to 32 last year. There were also 12 reported cases of dating violence and 16 of stalking in 2022, a change from the six cases of dating violence and 18 of stalking in the previous year.

In 2021, the Downtown Campus and areas around it saw 40 cases of liquor law violations resulting in arrest, 11 cases of drug law violations resulting in arrest, three of fondling and a single case of arson and burglary. The following year saw no instances of fondling or arson but consistencies or upticks in other crimes: there were 16 cases of liquor law violations, six drug law violations, seven burglaries, three aggravated assaults and a single robbery. 

When President Eighmy assumed his role in Sept. 2017, he made a commitment to rectify prior negligence in reporting in accordance with the Clery Act. Some of the changes that have since been made include the development of a Safe Campus website, daily crime log data management through the ARMS Record, regular updates to the campus community to prevent sexual assault and misconduct and more.

The changes in procedure began in 2018, and generally, reported crime and fires have been lowered since. This year’s report is available on the UTSA website under the “Institutional Compliance and Risk Services” tab. Next year’s report for this year’s findings should be available around Oct. 1, 2024.

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Faith Kouadio, Staff Writer

Faith (she/her) is a public health major with a minor in information systems. Despite choosing to pursue studies in these specific fields, she enjoys writing and communications and hopes to incorporate them as a key part of her career. She believes in an increasingly information-heavy world, everyone has a duty to responsibly disseminate information – contributing to the Paisano is her small way of accomplishing this.

If you ask Faith what movie she saw last night, she will have a new answer every time. Other than watching movies, she enjoys listening to and collecting music and traveling. Having grown up in the Toronto region, Texas is one stop from the many places she has called home. After her anticipated graduation in Spring 2024, she’s excited to see where life takes her next.

Chloe Williams, Managing Editor
Chloe (she/her) is a senior majoring in Business Marketing with a minor in Adaptive Decision Business Models. On her off days you can find Chloe thrifting, being a self-proclaimed food critic or outside enjoying nature. This is her third year at The Paisano and she is excited to serve as Managing Editor.

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