PSU news by
Penn State's student blog



Annual Security Report Notes Increase In Drug And Alcohol-Related Incidents

All Penn State students yesterday received an email from a Tracie Bogus, but the context was not a scam. The email contained a link to the university’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The publication was created to supply campus and the downtown State College area with up-to-date information on campus safety measures, how to report crimes, and other emergencies, as well as teaching the general public about the repercussions and consequences of law-breaking actions.

The portion of the report that will most likely draw the greatest amount of attention from is the Uniform Crime Report section. Compared side-by-side are tables that list the crime statistics reported to local police agencies or to campus security authorities over the last three years.

Most notably is the increased reports of crimes related to sexual violence and rape. In just two years, the crime rates for forcible rapes has more than doubled from nine percent to 20 percent, with actual offenses increasing from five to 12. With the proliferating amount of PSUAlert texts describing reports of sexual assaults buzzing community members’ phones seemingly every weekend, the increase is not shocking by any means.

Moreover, according to the criminal clery data, drug and alcohol crime numbers committed on campus property have swelled slightly the past two years. In 2012, drug related charges in residence halls has increased from 215 reports to 315 reports in 2014. But referrals of drug and alcohol offenses have sky-rocketed – those reports starting from the mid-four hundreds in 2012 and increasing to the high seven and eight-hundreds from 2013 to 2014. Other than those significant changes, all other crime report statistics have stayed relatively the same.

President Barron stated that there is no greater priority than the safety of Penn State students, faculty, staff, and visitors to the campus. Both he and Penn State Police Chief Tyrone Parham want nothing more than genuine cooperation of the community so that the men and women members of the University Police & Public Safety can continue to make Penn State a safe place to live, work, and study.

Your ad blocker is on.

Please choose an option below.

Sign up for our e-mail newsletter:
Support quality journalism:
Purchase a Subscription!

About the Author

Kaitlyn Dividock

Kaitlyn is a staff writer for Onward State who is entirely too enthusiastic about Pittsburgh sports, music festivals, and crude humor. She is a senior English major who concentrates in Professional and Media Writing and minors in Sociology. She is really fun and very cool, and her favorite color is red. If for some reason you can't find her, she's probably at Primanti's with an ice cold IC Light in her hand. You can follow her on Twitter (@kaitdivi) if you want quality #content, or contact her via email at [email protected]


Other posts by Kaitlyn

Brandon Taylor Signs With Professional Greek Basketball Club PAOK

A week after working out with the Philadelphia 76ers, former men’s basketball forward Brandon Taylor agreed to a professional contract with the Greek basketball club PAOK late Thursday night.

Penn State’s Anticipated Reunion Against Pitt To Kick At Noon

I Have No Idea What I’m Doing: Kaitlyn Dividock’s Senior Column

Join Onward State: Spring 2019 Application

Want to be a part of the nation’s premier student-run media outlet? Want to have your words read or your pictures seen by hundreds of thousands of readers and social media followers?

Penn State Urges Legislators, Administration To End Government Shutdown

“As we work together to make the impact as least disruptive as possible to our students and employees, we strongly urge Congress and the president to end this impasse.”

Send this to a friend