Annual Fire Safety and Security Report

Policies for Reporting Crime Data

The University of Georgia Police Department prepares annual crime statistics to comply with the Clery Act. Crime statistics for the previous seven years can be located on the University of Georgia Police Department website. Crime statistics are prepared in cooperation with the local law enforcement agencies surrounding the University’s main campus in Athens, Georgia, as well as the campuses located in Griffin, Georgia; Tifton, Georgia; Gwinnett County, Georgia; and the University’s study abroad programs in Oxford, England, and Cortona, Italy. Crime statistics are requested from law enforcement in additional jurisdictions as appropriate. UGA Housing, the Office of Student Conduct, UGA Health Services, and other campus security authorities also report criminal incidents to the UGA Police Department. All campus officials that have interactions with students should report any crime brought to their attention to the University of Georgia Police Department. Reminder emails are sent to units on campus who may receive reports of crime. The victim of the crime will make the choice to have their case investigated and/or prosecuted, with no pressure from University Police or University officials, provided, that in the event that a reported crime indicates the possibility of an ongoing risk to the University and the surrounding community, the University of Georgia Police Department will follow up and take necessary steps to clarify the circumstances of the reported crime, address the ongoing risk (including through the issuance of a timely warning, if appropriate), and communicate with the community to reduce opportunities for potential similar crimes.

Campus crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to the UGA Police from the sources listed above and local law enforcement agencies. These statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private residences or businesses and is not required by law.

Availability of Annual Security Report

Each year, the University of Georgia Police Department enters required data on the Federal Department of Education website. Annual data collection and Clery compliance is overseen by the Office of Legal Affairs. The Division of Marketing & Communications maintains the “Safe and Secure” website and facilitates the public dissemination of this report and other related information.

Clery Act Crime Statistics

The following annual security report provides crime statistics for selected crimes that have been reported to local police agencies or to campus security authorities. These tables were compiled using data received and gathered by the University of Georgia Police Department as well as from the Athens-Clarke County Police Department. The counting and disclosure of Clery-reportable offenses in the following tables are based on the definitions provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting (“UCR”) Program, as well as definitions provided by the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 for certain crimes. These definitions are provided below following the tables. The statistics reported for the sub-categories on liquor laws, drug laws, and weapons offenses represented the number of people arrested or referred to campus judicial authorities for respective violations, not the number of offenses documented.

The University has historically presented a more comprehensive set of crime statistics than is required by the Clery Act, and the University continues to do so in this year’s Annual Security Report. However, the University has determined that separate tables disclosing only the Clery reportable crime statistics would be helpful in conveying the important information identified by the Clery Act as relevant to the University community. As a result, the 2019 Annual Security Report includes two sets of tables for each of the three reporting years. The first set of tables presents the Clery reportable crime statistics and other required information for each year. The second set of tables presents the broader set of crime statistics, including Clery crime statistics, that the University has historically presented.

Clery Reportable Crime Statistics

Comprehensive Crime Statistics