Reporting a Crime
All crime victims and witnesses are encouraged to report accurately and promptly any crime they may see on campus or be a victim of.
To Report a Crime In Progress
To report a crime in progress or emergency on campus:
- Dial 9-911 from campus phones to contact the Palos Heights Police and Fire departments, or paramedics (EMS) in an emergency.
- Residents of the Village apartments can call the Worth police, fire departments or EMS by dialing 9-911 for emergencies.
- Students or employees who are victims of crimes located at off-campus facilities or off-campus programs or are victims of crime away from campus should report the crime to the local law enforcement authority where the crime occurred.
- After calling emergency agency responders, please call Campus Safety at ext. 3722 from a campus phone or 708-239-3722 from cell or non-campus phone. Our Campus Safety staff will assist local emergency services in responding to the incident on campus, so it is imperative that they are advised of the situation immediately.
To Report a Crime Which Has Already Occurred
To report a crime which has been committed on campus contact Campus Safety at ext. 3722 or 708-239-3722 from a cell or non-campus phone. Campus Safety staff will assist the victim/witness in contacting the local police agency if needed or requested and will also document the incident in a report. Students or employees who are victims of crimes located at off-campus facilities or off-campus programs or are victims of crime away from campus should report the crime to the local law enforcement authority where the crime occurred.
What Constitutes a Reported Crime?
A crime is “reported” when a victim or witness brings it to the attention of the local police agency or a Campus Security Authority. The Clery Act defines “Campus Security Authorities” to include an official of an institution who has significant responsibility for student and campus activities, including but not limited to, student housing, student discipline and campus judicial proceedings. Student services staff members (excluding the college chaplain and personal counselors, see below), residence life personnel (including RD’s and RA’s), the Athletic Director, team coaches, club advisors and any members of a Student Life Committee are considered Campus Security Authorities and are required, for the purpose of documenting criminal activity to report details of criminal activity to Campus Safety & Security.
Reporting and Confidentiality
The crime victims’ need for confidential counseling must be balanced with the need of the campus community to be made aware of incidents which may affect the personal safety of others and the feelings of the victims’ security. Consequently, the college has identified the college chaplain, the Director of Counseling Services, and other staff members acting in the capacity of professional counselors as persons with whom victims may discuss a criminal act for the purpose of counsel or advise and who do not have to report the detailed information shared by the victim. These persons will disclose to Campus Safety & Security that a certain type of crime took place so they may be included in the annual safety report of reported crimes. Information such as the victim’s name and specifics of the incident will be kept confidential if the victim so desires.
In an effort to provide timely notice to the Trinity community, and in the event of a serious incident which may pose a continued threat to the community "Crime Alerts" may be posted on campus through the use of emails and postings on the Safety and Security website.
If you see a crime occurring on campus and you would like to report it, please fill out the form. All information will be kept confidential. Your e-mail address will not appear with the submission.