The following annual security report provides crime statistics for selected crimes that have been reported to local police agencies or to campus security authorities. 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 UGA Police Department website.
The following tables were compiled using data received and gathered by the UGA Police Department 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; Gwinnett County, Georgia; Tifton, 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. Administrators and staff in UGA Housing, the Office of Student Conduct, the University Health Center, and other campus security authorities also report criminal incidents to the UGA Police Department for inclusion in the University’s Clery Act crime statistics.
All campus officials that have interactions with students should report any crime brought to their attention to the UGA 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 the case investigated and/or prosecuted, with no pressure to do so from UGA Police or University officials. However, in the event that a reported crime indicates the possibility of an on-going risk to the University and surrounding community, the UGA Police will follow up and take necessary steps to clarify the circumstances of the reported crime, address the on-going risk (including through the issuance of a timely warning if appropriate), and communicate with the community to reduce opportunities for potential similar crimes.
Definitions of Crimes
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 reports whether any of the below offenses constitute hate crimes, as well as whether there have been any incidents of Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, and/ or Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property to the extent such incidents were hate motivated, as required by the Clery Act. Reported incidents of hate crimes for a given year are described in the notes below the applicable year’s table of crime statistics.
Availability of Annual Security Report
Each year, the UGA 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.