Reporting a Crime
All victims and witnesses are encouraged to report, accurately and promptly, any crime or incidents of discrimination, harassment, abuse, hazing, initiation or bullying they may experience or see on campus
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 that has been committed on campus, contact Campus Safety at ext. 3722 or 708-239-3722 from a cell or non-campus phone. Campus Safety and Security 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. Once the student returns to campus they should also report the incident to a Campus Security Authority or other responsible person.
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), residence life personnel (including Residence Directors and Residence Assistants), the Athletic Director, team coaches, club advisors 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 advice and who are not required to report the detailed information shared by the victim. These persons will notify Campus Safety & Security and Student Life staff that a certain type of crime or prohibited conduct took place so it 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 keep the campus community safe and informed, the Department of Campus Safety and Security has the obligation to facilitate the dissemination of different types of alerts or notifications to the campus community;
In the event of a serious incident which may pose a serious and on-going threat (not an immediate threat) to the campus community a “Timely Warning Notification”, or "Crime Alert" will be disseminated to the campus community through the use of emails, texts, postings on the Safety and Security website and any other available means possible. Information will include the nature of the crime, the date, time and location of the incident and crime prevention or safety tips that will help people protect themselves.
In the event there is an immediate threat to campus community an “Immediate Notification” or “Emergency Notification” will be disseminated to the campus community through the use of e-mails, texts, postings on the Safety and Security website and any other available means possible. Information will include the nature of the threat, the date, time and location of the incident and crime prevention or safety tips that will help people protect themselves. “Emergency Notifications” will be followed up with updated information about the incident as it becomes available.
If you see a crime occurring on campus and you would like to report it, please fill out the appropriate form. All information will be kept confidential. Your e-mail address will not appear with the submission.