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Policies for Disclosing Crime Statistics

The Office of Student Rights and Community Standards and University Police prepare an annual security report disclosing all crime statistics required by the U.S. Department of Education in compliance with the Clery Act.

This report is filed with the Department of Education and is made available to the public at www.bsu.edu/fireandsafetyreports along with a companion report on fire safety. By October 1 of each year, a notice of the report’s availability and how it may be obtained is emailed to current students via their official Ball State email addresses as well as emailed and mailed (postcard from Human Resources) to current employees.

Prospective students are informed of the report when they apply to Ball State; notice of the report to prospective employees is coordinated by Human Resources (classified and contract staff) and University Compliance (faculty and professional staff positions). Ball State crime statistics can also be found at http://ope.ed.gov/Security. Persons may also obtain a printed copy by calling or writing to:

Office of Student Rights and Community Standards
Student Center, Room L-4
2000 W University Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306
(765) 285- 5036

or by calling or writing to:

Ball State University Department of Public Safety
Attn: Crime Statistics
200 N. McKinley Avenue
Muncie, IN 47306
Telephone: (765) 285-1222

Ball State University's annual crime statistics include on- and off-campus crimes as defined by the Clery Act that are reported to University Police. Crime reports are also forwarded to Student Rights and Community Standards by the Muncie Police Department, State Excise Police, and other law enforcement agencies through University Police. Finally, Ball State’s crime statistics include reports of crimes (including disciplinary referrals for alcohol, drug, and weapons law violations) made in good faith to the following offices and individuals (crime reports made to these offices and persons are also evaluated to determine if timely warnings are required):

• Ball State University Police
• Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs
• Office of Student Rights and Community Standards
• Office of Housing and Residence Life (including Resident Assistants and other student staff members)
• Office of Student Life
• Multicultural Center
• Disabled Student Development
• Career Center
• Office of Victim Services
• Director of Intercollegiate Athletics, athletics administrators, head and assistant coaches
• Advisors to student organizations
• Student Center (including Operations and Programs)
• Rinker Center for International Programs

Additionally, the Ball State police maintain a crime log that is available to the public. Requests for the crime log can be made to the Records Coordinator at the front desk of the Ball State Department of Public Safety during business hours.

Annual Security Report Preparation

Ball State University's Annual Campus Security Report is the result of the effort of many people on campus. Each year individuals from the aforementioned offices are solicited by email with information about their roles and obligations in reporting, instructions for reporting, and a solicitation for any crimes that may have been reported to them. Specific information about the alleged crime such as date, time, location, and description are requested including knowledge of whether the crime had been reported to police. This information is used to reconcile multiple reports of crimes to avoid counting any report more than once. No formal police report is required for a crime to be included in the statistics. Every effort is made to ensure that all persons required to report in fact do so and that our statistics are as accurate as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding any of the statistics and information in this report, please contact the Office of University Marketing and Communications, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306; telephone: (765) 285-1560.