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Reporting Crimes and Policy Violations

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All members of the University community are encouraged to report acts of violence, other criminal activity, and policy offenses.

Reporting criminal incidents and policy violations is very important. It assists victims in obtaining information about their rights, becoming eligible for victim-witness assistance programs, and helps ensure awareness of available on-campus and community victim support resources. Crime reporting can aid police in evidence collection and help protect future victims. Reporting also increases campus awareness and can help improve the safety of the University community. In addition, crime reporting helps Cal State L.A. evaluate the effectiveness of its violence policies, procedures, sanctions, and prevention programs.

Note: Victims have the right to decline to report crimes committed against them to campus and law enforcement authorities.

 

Reporting Criminal and Other Emergencies

Criminal, medical and fire emergencies should be immediately reported to University Police or local law enforcement. In an emergency:

When reporting a crime (or other emergency such as a medical emergency or fire) be prepared to provide incident details which may include:

Give clear and accurate information. Please do not hang up! Follow the instructions of the police dispatcher.

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Clery Act Violation Complaints

Clery Act complaints may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of a violation occurrence.

Information and complaint forms may be accessed through the Office for Civil Rights at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html; or through the Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco Office, U.S. Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105, Telephone: 415-486-5555; TTY: 877-521-2172, Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov.

Help for victims is also available through the Clery Center for Security on Campus and School Violence Law. For information, visit http://clerycenter.org/Node/5.

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Confidential Crime Reporting

To report a crime on a confidential basis call the University Police Victim/Witness Assistance line: (323) 343-3756.

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action with the criminal justice system or within the University system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, University Police can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The information could assist University Police in taking steps to ensure the future safety of the victim and others by determining if a pattern of crime exists and to alert the campus community to potential danger, if appropriate. You may also give confidential reports to Campus Security Authorities (see below). Reports filed in this manner will also be included in the annual security and fire safety report.

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Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation Complaints

Dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence, and sexual-based stalking are criminal acts that are also considered forms of sexual harassment, a violation of Title IX (federal law). Cal State L.A. community members who believe they are a victim of sexual harassment, may file complaints with the University's Title IX Coordinator in the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Administration 606, telephone: (323) 343-3040.

In addition, discrimination complaints may be filed with the Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education. Complaints must be filed within 180 days of a violation occurrence. Information and complaint forms may be accessed through the Office for Civil Rights at http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/complaintprocess.html; or through the Office for Civil Rights, San Francisco Office, U.S. Department of Education, 50 Beale Street, Suite 7200, San Francisco, CA 94105, Telephone: 415-486-5555; TTY: 877-521-2172, Email: OCR.SanFrancisco@ed.gov. Help for victims is also available through the Clery Center for Security on Campus and School Violence Law. For information, visit http://clerycenter.org/Node/5.

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Faculty/Staff Misconduct Complaints

Misconduct complaints may be filed against any Cal State L.A. faculty or staff member who commits sexual and other violence in violation of University policies and conduct codes. Complaints are filled with the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Administration 606, telephone: (323) 343-3040.

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Reporting to Campus Security Authorities

For those who do not wish to file a criminal report or complaint, domestic and sexual violence and other crimes may be reported to Campus Security Authorities (CSA). These individuals will provide victims with important information and resources related to victims' rights and options, and available campus and community victim assistance and support services. This assistance is available whether the crime occured on or off campus. If desired and requested, CSA can also assist victims with notifying University Police or other law enforcement agencies. Click on Campus Security Authorities for additional information.

Cal State L.A. Campus Security Authorities include:

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Student Misconduct Complaints

Student misconduct complaints may be filed against any Cal State L.A. student who commits campus-related sexual and other violence in violation of University policies and the Student Code of Conduct. For more information, or to file a student misconduct complaint contact the Judicial Affairs Officer, Student Affairs, Student Affairs 115A, telephone: (323) 343-3103.

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References

Jeanne clery disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics act, 20 U.S.C. §1092(f) (1998). Retrieved January 15, 2008, from the Office of the Law Revision Counsel, U.S. Department of Representatives at http://uscode.house.gov/

Office of Postsecondary Education (2011). The handbook for campus safety and security reporting. U.S. Department of Education. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from http://www.ed.gov/admins/lead/safety/handbook-2.pdf

University Police. (2012). Annual security and fire safety report. California State University, Los Angeles. Retrieved March 22, 2011, from http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/police/clery.php

University Police. (2011). Annual security and fire safety report. California State University, Los Angeles. Retrieved March 19, 2013, from http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/police/clery.php

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