All members of the Benedictine University (the "University") community and visitors are responsible for reporting crimes on or near campus. This, in turn, makes everyone a "functional" Campus Security Authority (CSA). A "functional" CSA will report the crime to a "designated" CSA.
"Designated" CSAs are usually found in departments responsible for, but not limited to, student and campus activities, safety/security, housing, personnel resources, or student judicial proceedings. This designation also includes any individual who has been specified by Benedictine University to receive and report incidents.
In 1990, Congress enacted the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act which amended the Higher Education Act of 1965. This act requires all postsecondary institutions participating in HEA's Title IV student financial assistance programs to disclose campus crime statistics and security information. The act was amended in 1992, 1998 and 2000. The 1998 amendments renamed the law the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act in memory of Jeanne Clery. In 2008, the Higher Education Opportunity Act or HEOA amended the Clery Act and added additional safety and security-related requirements for institutions. If Benedictine is found to be non-compliant with any aspect of the Clery Act, the University can be fined and risks losing Federal financial aid administered by the Department of Education.
Keeping accurate crime statistics benefits the University in order to provide prevention and safety awareness programs to keep the campus safe. By keeping our campus community safe everyone will have a secure environment to study, work and recreate.
All crimes reports to a CSA or law enforcement personnel must be reported. The crimes listed below are included in the federally mandated Clery Report, which is distributed every year at the beginning of October.