Roosevelt’s Chicago campus sees an increase in on-campus criminal activity

By: Kevinisha Walker

kevinishaonthetorch@gmail.com

The Chicago Campus leads in criminal activity, according to Roosevelt University’s 2012 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. The report shows crime statistics for both the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.

As required by the Clery Act, Roosevelt’s Campus Safety Department must report crime that occurs between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31 for three consecutive years. Thus, this year’s report includes crime statistics from 2010, 2011 and 2012.

According to the report, last year, the Chicago Campus saw a drastic increase of on-campus sex offenses while there were no sex offenses reported for 2011.

For 2012, the report shows that there were seven forcible sex offenses that happened on campus. “On campus” means the acts occurred in one of Roosevelt’s buildings, including campus housing. However, on campus and on-campus student housing have separate columns on the 2012 report.

“Last year was the first year we had the Wabash Building as on-campus housing,” said Maureen Froncek, Roosevelt’s head of security. “There was an increase over the previous year because there were more students living on campus.”

Froncek also said that six of the seven incidents involved acquaintance rape.

“That doesn’t mean that someone was necessarily dating the accused person,” Froncek explained. “Perhaps the students were at a party together or had seen each other around … quite a few [of the offenses] involved instances like that.”

Froncek also said that quite a few of the incidents involved the use of alcohol.

While there were seven sex offenses that occurred on Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus, there were also two aggravated assault incidents.

Both incidents happened in the Wabash Building and involved roommates arguing. From one of the incidents, the argument escalated leading one roommate to shove the other.

In cases of aggravated assault, Campus Security must call the Chicago Police Department. Once a police officer responds, he or she is responsible for investigating the incident. Then, the students involved have the option to sign complaints about each other.

If someone decides to file a complaint, the police officer takes the person whom the complaint has been signed against to the police station. If no complaint is filed and the incident took place in student housing or in another on-campus facility, the case is referred to other university departments.

“Campus Safety takes reports on those cases, but if they don’t require a police report or something, those cases are followed up by Residence Life and Student Services,” Froncek said.

In addition to the sex offenses and aggravated assault incidents that occurred on the Chicago Campus, there were drug arrests, too.

According to the report’s on-campus arrest statistics, four drug-related incidents resulted in arrests.

“If a resident or student is found on campus with drugs or drug paraphernalia, we call the police because that’s what the law requires,” Froncek said. “It’s then up to the police to make a decision on how they’re going to handle the situation.”

Some may argue that the Chicago Campus sees a great deal of criminal activity, especially when compared to the Schaumburg Campus. And from the 2012 report, it may seem like Schaumburg sees no criminal activity, as many of its columns within the 2012 report contain zeroes.

But Froncek said that is not the case.

“It’s not that there aren’t any crimes in Schaumburg, it’s just that we haven’t had any Clery reportable crimes there because Clery reportable crimes only include the group of crimes listed in the report,” Froncek said.

She also said that Schaumburg has seen some thefts, but they’re not required to report on thefts under the Clery Act regulations.

“However, [the] Schaumburg Campus area has been a very stable area as far as reported crimes go,” Froncek said.

According to the Clery Center for Security on Campus website, the Clery Act requires “all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses.”

The site also states that the act enforces civil penalties of up to $35,000 per violation if colleges and institutions don’t comply with the act’s regulations. Non-compliance also leads to suspension of participation in federal student financial aid programs.

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