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Annual Security Report and Crime Statistics

The Clery Act

Choosing a post-secondary institution is a major decision for students and their families. Along with academic, financial, and geographic considerations, the issue of campus safety is a vital concern.

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), is a Federal Law enacted in 1990 that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. Under the watchful eye of the U.S. Department of Education, all post-secondary institutions participating in Title IV student financial aid programs are required to comply with this Act to avoid being penalized with significant fines and suspension from participation in Title IV programs.

The Clery Act provides students and families, as higher education consumers, with information they need to make informed decisions about college choice. The Clery Act was signed in 1990 and is named after 19-year-old Jeanne Clery, who was raped and murdered in her Lehigh University residence hall in 1986. Clery's parents lobbied Congress to enact the law when they discovered students at Lehigh hadn't been notified about 38 violent crimes that had occurred on campus in the three years prior to Clery's murder.


The Clery Act requires Kutztown University (KU) to provide timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to the safety of students or employees and to make their campus security policies available to the public. The Act also requires KU to collect, classify, report, and disseminate crime data to everyone on campus and to the U.S. Department of Education annually.

Clery Act requirements fall into three categories based on the configuration of an institution: (1) Clery crime statistics and security-related policy requirements that must be met by every institution; (2) an additional Clery crime log requirement for institutions which have a campus police or security department; and (3) Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) missing student notification and fire safety requirements for institutions that have at least one on-campus student housing facility.

To be in full compliance with the law, KU must publish and make available to current and prospective students and employees an Annual Security Report (ASR) containing safety- and security-related policy statements and crime statistics by October 1 of each year. The report must provide crime statistics for the past three years, detail campus and community policies about safety and security measures, describe campus crime prevention programs, and list procedures to be followed in the investigation and prosecution of alleged sex offenses.

All campus crime reports must be collected, classified and counted. Three years of crime statistics detailing crimes that have occurred are reported in the Annual Security Report. The crimes are categorized according to location: on-campus; in university residential facilities; in public areas on or near campus; and in certain non-campus buildings, such as remote classrooms. KU must also report liquor and drug law violations and illegal weapons possession if they result in a disciplinary referral or arrest.

In addition to crimes, Kutztown University must also disclose fire safety information related to any on-campus student housing facility. This includes maintaining a fire log that is open to public inspection and publishing an Annual Fire Safety Report containing policy statements and fire statistics associated with each on-campus student housing facility. These statistics must include the location, number of fires, cause, injuries, deaths and property damage of each fire.

Both the Annual Security Report and the Fire Safety Report must be shared annually with the United States Department of Education and made available to current and prospective students and employees upon publication.

A detailed, 60-day public crime log of all alleged crimes reported is also maintained by the Department of Public Safety and Police Services. Crime logs must be kept for seven years, and logs older than 60 days must be made available within two business days upon request.

KU must also provide students and employees with timely warnings of crimes that represent a threat to their safety so they can make informed decisions about their health and safety.

Missing student notification procedures that pertain to students residing in on-campus student housing facilities must also be shared in the annual safety and security report.

KU has a vested interest in campus security and the personal safety of its students and employees. The following pages contain specific information related to the Clery Act, such as campus crime statistics, as well as other matters of importance associated with security and safety on campus.

Members of the campus community are encouraged to use this report as a guide for safe practices on and off campus. An online copy of this report is available at Every KU community member receives an e-mail that describes the report and provides its website address for viewing prior to October 1st of each year. KU staff without e-mail access receive notification via campus mail. Prospective employees receive the information through the candidate application process and prospective students through the Admissions process. Paper copies are always available upon request. For more information, contact the Department of Public Safety and Police Services at 610.683.4002.

Safety on Campus

Kutztown University strives to provide a clean, safe and healthy environment for its students, faculty and staff. While no institution can guarantee the safety of all its constituents, Kutztown University takes prudent steps to promote a safe environment that is conducive to the campus community's academic and co-curricular pursuits.


The Department of Public Safety and Police Services, a unit of the Division of Finance and Administration, is the primary administrative office responsible for safety, security and police services at Kutztown University. The department consists of sworn police officers plus civilian administrative and support staff. For the purposes of this Annual Security Report, the department will hereinafter before referred to at KUPD.

KUPD is open and operates 24 hours a day, every day of the year. It has two primary phone numbers: 610-683-4001 (for emergencies; a recorded line) and 610-683-4002 (non-emergency). KUPD offices are centrally located in the lower level of Old Main. When at full complement, the Department is staffed by 20 full-time personnel, consisting of managers, criminal investigators, crime prevention practitioners, police officers, security officers and clerical staff. In addition, the department uses an outside security agency (Security Guards Incorporated of Wyomissing, PA) to perform security and parking-related functions.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Public Safety and Police Services is to support a culturally diversified atmosphere that upholds and protects the constitutional rights of individuals, promotes an environment "free from fear," provides education on personal safety and crime prevention awareness and maintains a zoned parking system that ensures fair parking and the safety of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, thereby contributing to the academic excellence of Kutztown University.


Within the Department of Public Safety and Police Services there is a Communications Division which is staffed 24 hours a day and 365 days a year. The Communications Center (located in Old Main 15) is a clearinghouse for reported activities and emergencies occurring on campus. The Center can easily be reached by dialing 610-683-4001 for emergencies and 610-683-4002 for non-emergencies.

All complaints received by the Communications Center are relayed to KUPD and are thoroughly investigated by police officers. Upon receiving a report, trained personnel immediately dispatch an officer to the area by use of a two-way radio telecommunications system or ask the victim to report to KUPD to file an incident report.

Officers conduct mobile and foot patrols of the campus 24 hours a day. The Department of Public Safety and Police Services, through its patrols and investigations, consistently enforces all laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania including those related to alcohol and other illegal drugs.


All Kutztown University police officers have completed basic police training and are commissioned police officers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. They carry firearms and are granted powers of arrest through the Governor of the Commonwealth. Field personnel are trained in advanced techniques including Crime Prevention, First Aid, Criminal Investigation, and Fire Fighting.

KUPD is the primary agency handling criminal incidents. The Department is equipped with a two-way telecommunications system to contact and interchange information with surrounding local and state police agencies when the need arises. The Department maintains an excellent rapport with federal, state, and county police agencies. Investigations may be co-conducted through the process of sharing intelligence information that has proven to be an effective avenue to carry out the functions of a police department.

In accordance with the PA Municipal Police Officer Jurisdiction Act, Kutztown University's Police are able to provide emergency assistance to the local police authorities upon request. These agencies include: Kutztown Borough Police Department, Fleetwood Borough Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police. Emergency assistance is also provided by local police to the university, upon request, and in accordance with this Act. Every month, the Department files a statistical crime report with the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

KUPD maintains a close working relationship with the Kutztown Borough Police Department (KPD). KUPD occasionally works with other law enforcement agencies, including the Pennsylvania State Police, the Fleetwood Borough Police and the Berks County District Attorney Detectives. Monthly meetings are held between the leaders of these agencies on both a formal and informal basis. The KU Police Investigator works closely with the investigative staff of the these agencies when incidents arise that require joint investigative efforts, resources, crime related reports and exchanges of information. There is no written Memorandum of Understanding or formal agreement between KU and any other law enforcement agency.


Reporting a crime or notifying law enforcement of suspicious activity helps to protect Kutztown University property and the campus community.

How to Report a Criminal Offense

To report a crime, the campus community should contact an appropriate law enforcement agency including but not limited to the Kutztown University Police Department. All members of the campus community and visitors should accurately and promptly report all on-campus crimes and emergencies to the department at 610-683-4001 (or extension 34001 from an on-campus location) or by using the "blue-light" emergency telephones located throughout campus in various academic buildings, residence halls and outdoor locations including parking lots and walkways. Crimes can also be reported in person at the Communications Center (lower level of Old Main, room 15). All reports will be investigated.

To report an off-campus occurrence of crime within Berks or Lehigh counties, dial 7-911 from an on-campus telephone or dial 911 from an off-campus telephone or cellular phone.

Voluntary Confidential Reporting

If someone is a victim of a crime and does not want to pursue action within the University's student conduct system or the criminal justice system, the person may still want to consider making a confidential report. With their permission, the Chief or a designee of Kutztown University's Police Department can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing the identity of the alleged victim. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with the victim's wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of the individual and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors, determine where there may be a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Information reported to KU is treated as confidential during the investigative phase, except as required by law. When major incidents occur, the PA State Police may also respond.

Applicable KU incident reports are forwarded to appropriate campus department offices for review and potential action. KU will further investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate. Additional information obtained via the investigation may also be forwarded to the appropriate campus department.

Anonymous Reporting of Crimes

Persons wishing to report information anonymously on-campus may do so by dialing extension 3-8477 (TIPS). Students and employees should report the criminal offenses to KUPD for the purpose of making timely warning reports and this annual statistical disclosure.

For any suspicious activity or circumstance which could cause an emergency situation and necessitate the need of an emergency alert to campus, persons should contact KUPD.

Individuals on campus may also report crimes to a designated Campus Security Authority.


As required by the Clery Act, colleges and universities must annually compile and publish crime, fire and security information about their campuses. Under this law, "campus security authorities" are mandated to report crimes brought to their attention for inclusion in Kutztown's Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report. If you or someone who reports to you is listed on the distribution list below, you are a Campus Security Authority (CSA) as defined by the United States Department of Education. Campus Security Authorities include, but are not limited to, Kutztown officials with significant responsibility for students or campus activities such as:

  • University President
  • Entire staff of Public Safety and Police Services, including police officers, security officers, administrative staff, support staff and student staff
  • Outsourced security officers and dispatchers
  • Advisors to Registered Student Clubs and Organizations
  • Provost and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • Associate Vice Provost/Dean of Students
  • Associate Dean of Students
  • Assistant Vice Provost, Academic & Student Affairs
  • Associate Dean for Inclusion and Outreach
  • Athletics, Directors and Coaching Staff
  • Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Business
  • Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Education
  • Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Dean and Associate Dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts
  • Director of Counseling Services
  • Director of Health Promotions
  • Director of Health Services
  • Director of Social Equity
  • Director of GLBTQ Center
  • Director of Multicultural Center
  • Director of Student Involvement Services and professional staff
  • Director of Wellness Services
  • Director of Women's Center
  • Executive Director of Human Resources
  • Office of Equity & Compliance
  • Housing, Residence Life & Dining Services staff (including Director, Associate Directors, Assistant Directors, Resident Directors, Area Coordinators, Residence Coordinators, Building Directors, Student Staff Coordinators, Community Assistants, Desk Receptionists)
  • Recreation and Intramurals, Professional Staff and Student Staff
  • Medical providers in Health Center
  • Medical providers in Athletics

These designated individuals have significant responsibility for student and campus activities, and as such are provided notice by KU as to the extent of their responsibility and how to report crimes to KU.

Campus professional counselors, when acting as such, are not considered to be CSAs and are not required to report crimes for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics, unless mandated under scope of license or law. However, campus professional counselors are encouraged, if and when they deem it appropriate, to inform persons being counseled of the procedures to report crimes on a voluntary basis for inclusion in the annual crime statistics. The KUPD provides this encouragement in writing to members of the University Counseling Center on an annual basis.

KU does not employ campus pastoral counselors.

Medical providers, when acting as such, are considered to be CSAs and are required to report crimes for inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics.

CSA Training of Campus Security Authorities

Campus Security Authorities receive training which describes Clery-reportable crimes and the procedures by which they must be reported to the Kutztown University Police. This information is relayed via written notification as well as online or in-person training.


If a member of the university community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should immediately notify the Kutztown University Police Department (KUPD) at 610-683-4001.

All reports received from a concerned party regarding students who are thought to be missing will result in an immediate investigation by KUPD and determination whether the student is missing in accordance with KU's Missing Student Notification policy.

Should KUPD determine that the student is missing and has been missing for more than 24 hours, KU will notify the student's emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, Kutztown University must and will notify the student's parent or legal guardian immediately after KUPD has determined that the student has been missing for more than 24 hours. The local law enforcement agency with jurisdiction will also be notified no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.

Missing Student Emergency Contact

The Department of Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services will provide annual notice to all resident students regarding this policy. Students are given an opportunity at the beginning of the fall semester to designate an individual to be contacted by the University if the student is determined to be missing. The designation remains in effect until changed or revoked by the student.

The form provided for designation states the circumstances in which the designated emergency contact information will be used, and will include a statement that the University is required by law to also notify the student's custodial parent or guardian if the student is under 18 at the time he or she is discovered to be missing. Students are advised that their contact information will be registered confidentially, will be accessible only to authorized university officials, and will not be disclosed to any third party except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.


The coordination of emergency preparedness efforts on campus is the responsibility of the Emergency Management Team under the direction of the Emergency Management Coordinator (Vice President for Finance & Administration) in conjunction with the, University Chief of Police, Assistant Vice President for Facilities, Director of Environmental Health and Safety, Director of Clinical Services and the Director of University Relations.

Kutztown University has developed an Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) which addresses the planned response to emergency/disaster situations associated with natural disaster, technological incidents and national security emergencies. The EOP is designed to meet state and federal National Incident Management System (NIMS) requirements. Incorporating the principles of the Incident Command System (ICS), the EOP provides emergency responders with procedures, guidelines such as shelter-in-place and evacuation, and methods of documentation to effectively manage emergencies. University departments are responsible for developing Emergency Action Plans as well as Business Continuity plans for their staff and areas of responsibility.

KUPD officers have received training in ICS and responding to critical incidents on campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually the KUPD officers. If determined necessary by the Chief of Police or his designee, Kutztown Borough Police, the Pennsylvania State Police, Kutztown Ambulance, the Kutztown Fire Company or other mutual aid will be provided. These agencies will typically work together to respond to and manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the emergency, other local Departments and other city, state or federal agencies could also be involved in response to the incident.

Emergency response and evacuation procedures are tested on an annual basis. Kutztown University participates in emergency simulation exercises both on and off campus and with local and regional police agencies. The Department of Public Safety & Police Services is governed under the Municipal Police Jurisdiction Act for purposes of providing and receiving mutual aid.

The procedures that KU follows in the event of a campus emergency are available online. To receive a hard copy, contact Public Safety & Police Services at 610-683-4002 or send your request to the Kutztown University Chief of Police, 13 Old Main, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 19530.


The Kutztown University Possession of Deadly or Offensive Weapons Policy prohibits the possession or carrying of any deadly or offensive weapon by any person in Kutztown University academic buildings, administrative buildings, student residence halls (both university owned or leased), dining facilities, student union buildings, athletic facilities, recreation centers, or while attending a sporting, entertainment or educational event on the university property or sponsored by the university.

A deadly or offensive weapon is defined as any device designed to produce death or serious bodily injury. For the purposes of this policy, deadly and offensive weapons may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Firearms, loaded or unloaded
  2. Pellet, flare, paint, tranquilizer, stun, spear, or dart guns
  3. Knives with blades larger than a small folding pocket knife
  4. Any cutting instrument where the blade is exposed in an automatic way
  5. Daggers or swords
  6. Striking instruments including clubs, truncheons, and blackjacks
  7. Martial arts weapons
  8. Bow and arrow combinations
  9. Explosive devices
  10. Ammunition or components to manufacture ammunitions

The following persons are exempt from this policy:

  • commissioned officers of KUPD
  • duly appointed law enforcement officers conducting official business
  • members of the United States Armed Forces when in uniform and conducting official business
  • agents of contractors conducting related official business

Persons who have a government issued license to carry a concealed firearm on university property for compelling reasons related to their personal safety may request an exception to this policy by contacting the Kutztown University Chief of Police. Such requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

The full text of this policy is available at: .


No persons regardless of age are permitted to possess, transport, sell or consume alcoholic beverages on campus with the exception of certain presidential legally approved non-student activities as defined by Kutztown University's Alcohol Policy (STU-001) published in the University Policy Register.

It is unlawful to sell, furnish or provide alcohol to a person under the age of 21. The possession, sale, use, manufacture or distribution of any controlled substance (drugs) is illegal under both state and federal laws. Such laws are strictly enforced by the Kutztown University Police Department. Violators of the law are subject to criminal prosecution under state and/or federal laws. Students who violate the law as well as the alcohol and drug standards of the Student Code of Conduct are also subject to a student disciplinary process.

The University has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals, and university disciplinary actions.


In addition to this publication and in accordance with the Drug-Free Schools and Campuses Act and the Drug-Free Workplace Act, the University makes available and distributes, on an annual basis, KU Choices, which contains specific information concerning the use and abuse of alcohol and illegal drugs, and programs available to help the staff and students who may have related problems. For more information visit Choices Website.


Safety, security, self-defense, theft awareness, security awareness, vandalism reduction, alcohol awareness and crime prevention programs are some of the routine programs conducted throughout the year by Public Safety and Police Services.

Incoming students are also advised of safety and security procedures during the fall orientation session and through mandatory meetings held in each residence hall within the first two weeks of the academic year. These programs are designed to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others. Anyone may request a program by calling 610-683-4002.

Each residence hall staff conducts two mandatory all-hall, two mandatory wing meetings each year to verbally emphasize applicable residence hall policies and procedures as well as safety and security procedures. Other all-hall and/or wing meetings are conducted as necessary to disseminate information and/or follow up on concerns.

The following programs are offered at least once per year and as requested by members of the campus community including, but not limited to, the general student body through academic course presentations, professors, Residence Life staff, the department of International Studies, the Connections Orientation Program, the Admissions Office and the Women's Center.

Rape Aggression Defense

The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) program is held once each semester.

Expos and Fairs

Public Safety and Police Services participates in various campus and community fairs and expos by having an information table at such events when manpower permits. PSPS staff members distribute crime prevention and related materials to inform the community about the services it offers and how people can better protect themselves and other KU constituents from becoming the victims of crime.

Take Back The Night

Take Back The Night is an educational event sponsored by the Women's Center that focuses on stopping violence within the KU community.

Clothesline Project

The Clothesline Project, sponsored by the Women's Center, is a visual display of shirts with written messages and illustrations that graphically demonstrate the impact of violence. These shirts are designed by survivors of violence, their families and/or friends. This display exposes students to the effects of violence and provides opportunity for a higher understanding of the effects of violence and the need for social responsibility.

Informational Correspondence

KU publishes information on how to access the campus crime statistics, campus public safety and police services, fire statistics, and important phone numbers. This information is made available to all current and prospective students and staff as well


On-campus safety escorts are available for anyone 24 hours a day by contacting Public Safety and Police Services at extension 34002. (From off-campus or cellular phones, dial 610-683-4002) The blue light emergency phones located throughout campus may be used to request an on-campus safety escort. When the request is received by the Communications Center, a security or police officer will be dispatched to the on-campus location of the requester in order to provide a walking escort to another location on campus.


The KU shuttle's on-campus loop runs Monday-Friday with the first pickup occurring at 7:30 AM and the last drop-off at 4:00 PM. The off-campus loop runs Monday-Friday with the first pickup occurring at 7:30 AM and the last drop-off at 3:30 PM. The evening/late night shuttle runs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 7:00 PM to 3:00 AM between campus and the Kutztown Borough.

Approximately once per month on a Wednesday evening, the shuttle will transport students to a local shopping or recreation center. The bus begins the on-campus pickup at 6:00 PM and returns students to campus at approximately 9:30 PM.

Visit the web site for specific route information.


The fire safety report and fire statistics can be viewed at To request a hard copy, contact the office of Environmental Health & Safety at 610-683-4050.


Students must carry their University identification card and upon request present it to a University Official in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct's Student Identification standard as published in Chapter Two (Article IV.19) of The Key.


In the event that the University is closed and/or classes are canceled, a message will be activated on the University telephone message system providing all appropriate details. The phone number for the special voice mailbox is 610-683-4649. Messages will also be posted to the University's website at and its social media sites (Twitter and Facebook).


The student handbook The Key is available to each and every student online. The Key contains information regarding University policies, procedures and information on personal safety, fire safety and visitor policies. Each student is responsible for familiarizing him/herself with the information contained in this document.

The Key may be found online. Hard copiss or alternate media versions of The Key are available upon request from the Dean of Students Office (610-683-1396, 119 Stratton Administration Center).


Communication About Campus Crimes


The University community is alerted to safety concerns by written and/or verbal communications as the need arises. A daily log of offenses is posted each business day. It can be viewed on a bulletin board outside the Public Safety Communication Center (15 Old Main) and on a bulletin board off the main lobby in the McFarland Student Union. Daily logs are also maintained and available for public inspection during normal business hours in Old Main, room 13.


In accordance with the Clery Act, Kutztown University will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on the campus. To confirm an emergency, KUPD dispatches an officer to the reported scene of the campus emergency. For weather-related emergencies, confirmation is made based upon information provided by the National Weather Service.

Once the emergency is confirmed, the University will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. Such authorities include, but are not limited to, the KUPD, Health Services and Environmental Health and Safety.

KU will issue an emergency notification as determined by the KUPD or Emergency Management Team with input from other campus departments such as: the Office of the President, Department Supervisors, Counseling Services or Dean of Students and through the Office of University Relations (UR). KUPD will provide University Relations with the content of the notice or notification and determine the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community that may be affected by the campus emergency. UR will send the notification to the community as instructed. This notification will consist of information being disseminated via the KU Alert Emergency Notification System which will implement some or all or the system options, which includes, e-mail messages and emergency text messages (students and others can sign up for this service at Other possible means of communication include: a posting on the Kutztown University web site, indoor and exterior mass audio (voice) notification systems, social media sites, the University website, on bulletin boards outside the Public Safety Communication Center (Old Main, Room 15) and off the main lobby in the McFarland Student Union and personal contact with students and staff using student leaders, such as CAs or other staff members. A family member of a KU student may also receive emergency text messages by having his/her KU student include their cellular phone number when they sign up for this service at

Kutztown University, through its Chief of Police, verbally communicates with local police authorities and annually requests their cooperation in informing the institution about situations reported to them that may warrant an emergency response.


Depending on the particular circumstance, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat, Public Safety & Police Services may also generate Timely Warning Notices (TWN). The University will send a TWN to the campus community, notifying it of any crimes that pose a serious and continuing threat to the community in an attempt to aid in the prevention of similar crimes on campus or in Kutztown University owned or controlled property off campus.

Timely Warning Notices are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classifications: arson, criminal homicide, and robbery. Cases of aggravated assault and sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case and the information known by the KUPD. For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no ongoing threat to other KU community members and a TWN would not be distributed. In cases involving sexual assault, they are often reported long after the incident occurred, thus there is no ability to distribute a "timely" warning notice to the community. Sex offenses will be considered on a case by case basis depending on when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the KUPD. The Chief of Police or designee reviews all reports to determine if there is an ongoing threat to the community and if the distribution of a TWN is warranted. Timely Warning Notices may also be posted for other crime classifications, as deemed necessary.

KUPD will provide University Relations with the content of the timely warning. UR will send the notifications to the community as instructed. This warning is distributed through emergency text messages and university e-mail system to students, faculty and staff as well as various campus based communication or media outlets.


Each year, Kutztown University tests the emergency response procedures. Comprehensive testing of the KU Alert Emergency Notification System is conducted once per semester (defined as Spring, Summer and Fall) to ensure functionality and to acclimate the campus community to its use. The process is initiated by the University's Emergency Management Coordinator in collaboration with the KUPD and the Director of Environmental Health and Safety. The tests may include, but are not limited to, the initiation of all critical active delivery methods, select primary delivery methods and select secondary delivery methods as described above. Additionally, building evacuation drills are held once each semester. Each test may be announced or unannounced. This information is collected and recorded along with the date, time and description of each test.


Reporting a campus emergency helps to protect Kutztown University property and the campus community. To report an emergency, the campus community should contact an appropriate law enforcement agency including but not limited to the Kutztown University Police Department. All members of the campus community and visitors should accurately and promptly report all emergencies to the department at 610-683-4001 (or extension 34001 from an on-campus location) or by using the "blue-light" emergency telephones located throughout campus. Emergencies can also be reported in person at the Communications Center (lower level of Old Main, room 15). All reports will be investigated.

Campus Facilities and On-Campus Student Housing


Each semester the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Department of Facilities Management, Public Safety and Police Services, the Student Government Board and other members of the campus community participate in a Safety Forum to discuss campus safety concerns, including facilities and grounds, and to note and correct deficiencies that may exist. This forum includes conversations about landscaping, grounds-keeping and outdoor lighting. Police and Security Officers on routine patrols report any safety hazards that are noticed and submit work orders for the necessary corrections to be made by the Department of Facilities Management.


Kutztown University is a public educational institution. The academic and administrative buildings are typically open during normal business hours and into the evening hours for night classes and activities. Most facilities have individual hours and the hours may vary at different times of the year. Access to some of these buildings is also controlled by card access after normal business hours and all of these buildings have varied levels of access.

Academic and administrative buildings do not have a Kutztown Police officer assigned to them. The athletic and library facilities, the cultural enrichment programs and various other activities such as movies and concerts are open to the general public. There are, however, various areas of the campus that are posted, in a manner prescribed by law, to serve notice to persons not to intrude, under penalty of law. These areas include, but are not limited to, hazardous and/utility areas, residence halls, and academic buildings that are closed after normal operating hours. Administrative and academic buildings are typically locked between 11:00pm and 7:00am, unless there is a need to keep them open for extended hours. Unauthorized persons are not permitted in the buildings during these hours. In certain buildings on campus, individuals can request special access after hours. Requests can be sent to by authorized department staff. Public Safety and Police Services maintains a list of these individuals. To gain admittance to a building that is closed, proper identification must be presented to the responding KUPD officer.


All residence halls have front doors that are locked 24 hours daily and are accessed via the student's ID card. All secondary exits are alarmed 24 hours a day. Most secondary exits have internal crash bar mechanisms and no outside door handles. The loading zone doors are locked 24 hours a day and are alarmed from 4:00 PM to 6:30 AM Monday-Friday and 24 hours a day on Saturday and Sunday. All first floor windows are equipped with security screens. Resident students and their guests are required to use the main entrance when entering or exiting a building. Access to residence halls is restricted to residents and their approved guests, and other approved members of the University community. Residents gain entry by swiping their Kutztown University identification cards in the card access readers at the main entrance. The front desks are staffed 24 hours daily from the day students move in each semester until the close of the academic semester. The desks are closed when the University is closed for Thanksgiving, Winter Break and Spring Break. Desk operations are ceased from the last day of final exams in the spring semester to the first day the new academic year.

All residence halls are equipped with an automatic fire alarm system that is monitored by the Public Safety and Police Services Communications Center. Notification of any safety and security measures that have changed are updated annually and announced via use of University media. Each room is equipped with a lockable door. Lock changes are ordered when students report a lost key/pin code. The staff supervises a file key and master key system that is used to gain entry to a student's room under special circumstances only.

Staffing of the Residence Halls

The residence halls are staffed with professional, student and custodial staff members. Staff members undergo a screening and interview process prior to official commencement of duties assigned. Most of the professional staff live in the residence halls as do all the student staff. The professional staff breakdown is: eight central office personnel, three residence coordinators and nine graduate resident directors. Student staff is as follows: Student Staff Coordinators, Community Assistants for living areas and desk staff in all halls.

Professional head staff receive two to three weeks of training prior to the fall semester and periodic professional development throughout the academic year. Spring training includes the on-going professional development previously mentioned and a five-day intensive session prior to the spring semester. Training topics include but are not limited to policies, procedures, referral systems, emergency systems, and fire/safety training.

Student staff receive one week of intensive training prior to the opening of the academic year. In addition, there are two days of intensive training prior to the spring semester as well as weekly staff meetings that include discussions about topics that are pertinent to each individual hall. Custodial personnel are clearly identified in each building with staff ID cards. Other maintenance personnel and outside contractors are required to wear ID badges or uniforms that authorize them to work within the residence halls.

Types of On-Campus Housing

Students offered housing on-campus, generally speaking, have a choice of two different lifestyles: Double Single Gender and Coeducational. In double single gender, both sexes reside in the same building but do not have the same weekday visitation privileges offered in co-ed housing. Coeducational housing allows men and women to live on the same floor of a residence hall but on separate wings. A high percentage of the rooms assigned to students are double rooms banked off a central corridor or designed into a suite or apartment style residence hall. The remaining rooms are singles, triples and quads. Common single gender assigned baths are located on each wing or central to a single gender floor. Married and single parent housing is available on a limited basis. Please contact Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services at 610-683-4027 with questions.


Students under the age of 18 may not elect to live in a coeducational hall. Open room changes occur during November of each academic year. Room changes due to extenuating circumstances are processed only after assessment and/or mediation by the staff of Housing, Residence Life and Dining Services. Incumbent resident students select their rooms and roommates for the following academic year during the room selection process held each spring. New students are assigned randomly, based on the date of receipt of the housing deposit and indicated lifestyle preference. Assignment to a housing space is made randomly without regard to race, creed, color, religion, or sexual orientation. The University reserves the right to make assignments, temporary assignments, consolidations, and reassignments. The University reserves the right to cancel any housing agreement and terminate a student's housing if the conduct of the student disrupts others, disregards the rights of others or is in violation of the terms of the Housing Contract, municipal, state, or federal law, or the policies or regulations of the University.


All non-residents of a building must be escorted at all times by a resident host when proceeding beyond the lobby of any residence facility. Non-residents must be escorted when visiting the living quarters during prescribed hours.

Upperclassmen are afforded the privilege of visitation 24-hours per day, 7 days a week. The term upperclassmen, for the purpose of the residence hall visitation policy, includes second semester freshmen with earned credits. Freshmen who are living on campus for the first time are afforded the privilege of regular visitation/limited weekend. This policy allows freshmen to have visitors of either gender Monday-Thursday from 9:00 AM to 11:59 PM. On Fridays, they may have guests from: 9:00 AM to Saturday 2:00 AM; Saturday from 9:00 AM to Sunday 2:00 AM; and Sunday from 9:00 AM to Sunday 11:59 PM. Freshmen may have same-gender visitation overnight on weekends throughout the first semester of on-campus residence.

All visitors must sign into all residence halls beginning at 8:00 PM (except in Golden Bear Villages, both South and West, and the Honors apartments). To sign-in, visitors must be accompanied by their host to the residence hall's front desk and present valid ID beginning at 8:00 PM until the end of visiting hours as outlined in the freshmen visitation information listed above. These same visitors must be signed out within 72 hours. If the desk area is closed when the guest leaves the residence, the host must return and check-out for their guest once the desk is open. Visitation passes must be returned at check-out.

All Visitors arriving after 11:59 PM on Thursday, Friday, or Saturday evening must be pre-registered at the desk by the host. The host must inform the hall desk staff of the visitor's name, type of visitor identification, time of arrival and length of stay. Hosts must be eighteen years of age or have on file a parental permission slip to host an overnight guest.

Housing While the University is on Recess

Limited housing is available for international students and in-season athletes during university recess. During this time, students may use their KU identification cards to access the building and their rooms and are required to keep outside doors locked at all times. Visitors are not permitted beyond the lobby area and must be hosted while in the lobby. A university staff member is assigned the responsibility of monitoring behavior and security.


The university does not recognize any established housing, on or off campus, for any fraternity or sorority. The university does maintain contact with the recognized organizations through the Office of Student Involvement.

Sexual Violence Policies and Prevention


Kutztown University will not tolerate violence toward abuse of persons including sexual harassment, rape, and other sexual offenses, forcible or non-forcible. All members of the University community are encouraged to report rapes and sexual offenses to Public Safety and Police Services immediately either by the individual or through a University staff member. Victims of sexual assault are also encouraged to report such offenses to other law enforcement authorities, depending on the jurisdiction in which the offense took place. The Department of Public Safety and Police Services will assist the student in notifying these authorities at the student's request.

The complainant will be informed of medical and counseling services available both on and off campus. University counselors and pastoral counselors are encouraged to voluntarily report crimes on a confidential basis to the Department of Public Safety and Police Services for statistical purposes.

If a complainant has reason to believe that violations of university regulations prohibiting sexual offenses were committed by a KU student, the university and/or the complainant may pursue disciplinary action through the Office of Dean of Students consistent with the Sexual Offenses Policy of the Student Code of Conduct. The Office of the Dean of Students will advise the complainant and respondent on the student conduct process. A person charged with sexual offenses may be prosecuted under Pennsylvania criminal statutes as well as charged with a violation of the Student Code of Conduct, if a student. The university and/or the complainant may pursue disciplinary action in all cases independent of any action taken or not taken by criminal justice authorities.

 In this process, the gathering and preservation of evidence is essential to the investigation.


Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits student-on-student sexual offenses and requires a prompt and equitable resolution of complaints. Sexual harassment of students, which includes acts of sexual violence (including, but not limited to, rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and sexual exploitation) is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX and includes physical sexual acts: against a person's will, where a person is incapable of giving consent as a result of his/her use of drugs or alcohol, or where an individual is unable to give consent due to an intellectual or other disability.  Allegations of sexual harassment, other than incidents of student-on-student sexual offenses, will be investigated pursuant to the process outlined in "The University Procedure" section of the Kutztown University Sexual Harassment Policy and Procedures (KU Policy DIV-007).

The process for addressing cases of student sexual misconduct is defined in the Student Code of Conduct's Sexual Offenses Policy as published in the student handbook, The Key, available online or from the Office of the Dean of Students or the Kutztown University Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Social Equity.

The Sexual Offenses Policy contains important information, definitions, policies and procedures pertaining to the following:

  • Definitions of Sexual Misconduct
  • Consent to Sexual Activity
  • Student's Rights in Sexual Offense Cases
  • Privacy of the Student Conduct Process
  • Reporting Incidents & Student Support Services
  • Title IX Coordinator
  • Retaliation
  • Student Conduct Process for Sexual Offenses
  • Sanction Guidelines for Sexual Offenses

Throughout the entire on-campus student conduct process both the complainant and respondent will have access to the same rights including the opportunity to have an advocate present during the process and to be informed of the outcome without condition. The complainant will be afforded certain rights while the university hearing process is ongoing as defined in the Sexual Offenses Policy. Some of these rights include, but are not limited to, changing academic and/or living situations, if those changes are requested by the victim and are reasonably available, protection against discussion of past sexual history, and to be free from intimidation or harassment. All sexual offenses are considered major violations of the Student Code of Conduct. A student found responsible by the student conduct process is subject to disciplinary probation, deferred suspension, suspension or dismissal.

Kutztown University, will disclose to the alleged victim of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the institution against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense. If the alleged victim is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

All sanctions for student conduct cases, including sexual offenses, are incident and student specific and not considered proscriptive. The Office of Social Equity will respond to questions about, or allegations of, sexual harassment by persons who are in authority over a student such as a faculty member, staff, or employer.


Individuals may also report a sex offense to Kutztown University's Title IX coordinator, the Associate Vice President for Equity and Compliance. The Equity and Compliance office is responsible for coordinating the institution's compliance with Title IX and can be contacted via telephone at 610-683-4700 or by visiting 02 Old Main. The institution's sexual harassment policy, including a description of the grievance procedures can be found in Kutztown University's Sexual Harassment Policy.


Kutztown University, through orientation, student activities, Counseling Services, residence hall programming and academic departments, produces a wide array of programs and services which promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape and other sexual offenses. KUPD provides free crime prevention and self-defense instruction regarding Rape Aggression Defense (RAD Program) on a regular basis throughout the academic year.

A website, Sexual Misconduct: Policy, Reporting and Resources and an educational brochure, Sexual Assault & Relationship Violence: What Everyone Needs to Know, are resources available to the campus community and available online. The resource provides information about sexual misconduct policies, relationship violence, educational information, safety tips, victim resources and information about how to respond and report sexual violence.

The University's student orientation program, Connections, provides each incoming new student with a student manual. This manual features a half-page advertisement about Relationship Violence and Sexual Assault on Campus, introducing students to "The Red Zone" - the first eight weeks of the fall semester when women new to campus are particularly vulnerable to sexual assaults. The Connections program also includes a skit, which touches on dating violence or sexual assault on campus which becomes the topic of discussion in follow-up small group discussions. Connections facilitators receive training from Public Safety and Police Services and Women Center staff members.

Housing, Dining and Residential Services (HDRS) requires all Community Assistants (CA) to produce educational programs, including a dimension called "Healthy Living." Through this program, resident students are offered information and resources on making responsible choices, healthy relationships, dating violence, risky behaviors, as well as safe and unsafe sexual encounters.

Every resident student is given a bookmark with the electronic link and "QR code" to access the Living on Campus handbook which includes a section on Sexual Violence Victims Rights, and information on the HEART program.

Various campus organizations also sponsor larger-scale programs including speakers on consent, relationships, dating, risks and strategies for staying safe. Community Assistants offer interactive programs to residents on safe sex, risks and safety related to sexual relationships. Sex Signals provides a provocative, in-your-face look at issues surrounding dating, sex and date rape on college campuses and conveys solutions that will improve communications in interpersonal relationships and prevent sexual assault.

Additional awareness programs include: residential facility alcohol and sexual violence awareness bulletin boards, distribution of safety whistles, the Potty Paper (provides campus and local hotline information to individuals in a safe space--restroom stalls), the Women's Center Resource lending library, the Women's Center website ( featuring four hot buttons dealing with these issues (Love Doesn't Have to Hurt, Sexual Assault, Tamsin's Corner and HEART at KU).

The Women's Center offers programs and discussion groups weekly on issues related to relationships, violence, abuse, etc. It also sponsors the Vagina Monologues, an annual campus program featuring various monologues dealing with aspects of the feminine experience and Love Your Body Day.

The Kutztown University Healing Environment Advocate Response Team (HEART at KU) serves as volunteers under the direction of Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC). Through education and training of these advocates, HEART at KU provides initial support and safety to any individual who experiences sexual assault or relationship violence.

Love, Sex and Healthy Relationships Workshops are offered every semester in collaboration with the KU Commission on the Status of Women. These 90-minute sessions focus on communication and understanding including definitions of sexual assault, acquaintance rape, and how to identify a healthy and unhealthy relationship.

The Under the Influence alcohol education program sanctioned to students with first level alcohol offense includes add-on lessons on sexual assault and social hosting responsibilities. This program is an alcohol intervention course with a sexual violence sub-component.

Self-directed on-line Judicial Educator Workshops are required of some students who have shown evidence of unhealthy or abusive behaviors in their relationships, acted disrespectfully toward other students/staff, are challenged by interactions with others who are different from them, or where they made written or verbal harassments, violated another's property, personal space or safety, behaved in a sexually inappropriate and/or harassing manner, the student shows minor or significant relationship problems or has had conflicts with roommates, peers, or staff.

Staff from the KU Counseling Center engage in outreach programs in which they provide an overview of the services offered to the campus community. The Center provides information on consent; information on where and how to get assistance, and how to report sexual violence to campus authorities and local law enforcement to Center clients.


The victim of a sexual assault may have another person accompany him/her through the process. The Office of the Dean of Students will advise the student on the student conduct process. The Office of Social Equity will respond to questions about, or allegations of, sexual harassment by persons who are in authority over a student such as a faculty member, staff, or employer.


The following off-campus organizations offer assistance to victims of sexual offenses. The University will assist the victim in contacting these support organizations, should she/he request such assistance.

Berks County

Berks Women in Crisis

Center for Victim Assistance

Lehigh County

Crime Victims Council


The University also provides assistance to any individual who is reported to be a victim of sexual assault or relationship violence through the HEART at KU program which operates under the direction of Berks Women in Crisis (BWIC). HEART at KU to provides initial support and safety to victims and provides assistance to increase awareness of these issues. The team of trained, certified advocates offers support and compassionate listening as needed during the initial interview by law enforcement on campus; accompanies or meets the victim at the hospital, if needed; and distributes information about access to referral services. Services are initiated at the request of the victim.

The following on-campus organizations offer assistance to victims of sexual offenses. The University will assist the victim in contacting these support organizations, should she/he request such assistance.

KU Victim Advocates (KU HEART)

University Counseling Center

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSCPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of sex offenders enrolled at, or employed by, institutions of higher education. A list of all registered sex offenders in Pennsylvania is available at (Megan's law website).


The collection of documentation for this Annual Security Report is coordinated through the Department of Public Safety and Police Services/KUPD. KUPD collects its own statistics, and accepts supplemental numbers from recognized student conduct administrators and other Campus Security Authorities (CSA) Information is gathered from various departments on campus including but not limited to the following: Dean of Students, Housing, Dining and Residential Services, Health and Wellness Services, Social Equity, Environmental Health and Safety, the Women's Center, the University President, and the Vice President for Finance and Administration in their subordinate reporting roles. Additionally, KU sends an annual notice to these departments and the University community to solicit additional on-campus location information. KU then annually requests statistical information from the appropriate law enforcement agencies for non-campus operations. KU sends a letter to the appropriate law enforcement units at those locations requesting crime data for the calendar year. Clery reporting covers the preceding calendar year, January 1 to December 31.

The information is reviewed by the University's Campus Clery Coordinator and is used to develop this Annual Security Report. Once all of the information is gathered and prepared for publication, it is shared with the departments listed above who are asked to review it for accuracy and completeness. Before publication, it is further reviewed by the KUPD Chief of Police for completeness and accuracy.

This information is included in KU's Annual Security Report (ASR). By October 1 of each year, the crime statistics are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education. In accordance with applicable State and Federal Regulations, the University publishes and distributes crime statistics to all current students, faculty and staff on an annual basis. Every KU community member receives an e-mail that describes the ASR and provides its website address for viewing. KU staff without e-mail access receive notification via campus mail. Prospective employees receive the information through the candidate application process and prospective students through the Admissions process.

The full report may be downloaded from the KU website at Copies of the report may be obtained from Public Safety & Police Services by visiting the office the located in 13 Old Main or by calling 610-683-4002. Requests may also be sent to the Kutztown University Clery Coordinator, Public Safety and Police Services, 13 Old Main, Kutztown University, Kutztown, PA 19530, or


All Clery Act reportable crimes must be categorized by Clery geography, or location, where the crime occurred. The Clery Act defines four locations: on-campus, on-campus residential facilities, non-campus and public property.


On-campus geography is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution's educational purposes, including residence halls. This also includes any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to the geographic area that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).

On-Campus Residential Facilities

On-campus residential facilities are defined as any student housing facility that is owned or controlled by the institution, or is located on property that is owned or controlled by the institution, and is within the reasonably contiguous geographic area that makes up the campus. Housing for students on campus is a subset of the On-Campus category.

Non-Campus Property

Non-campus property is defined as any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution. This also includes any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution.

Public Property

Public Property is defined as all public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.


KU classifies crimes based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's (FBI's) Uniform Crime Reporting Handbook (UCR). For sex offenses only, KU uses definitions from the FBI's National Incident-Based Reporting System (NIBRS) edition of the UCR. Hate crimes are classified according to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Hate Crime Data Collection Guidelines and Training Guide for Hate Crime Data Collection. The Clery Act requires institutions to disclose three general categories of crime statistics.

Complete definitions may be found at

Criminal Offenses

Criminal offenses include criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter), negligent manslaughter, sex offenses (forcible and non-forcible), robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson.

Arrests and Referrals for Disciplinary Action

Arrests and referrals for disciplinary action include the following: carrying/possessing weapons, drug abuse violations and liquor law violations.

Hate Crimes

Hate Crimes include any of the above-mentioned criminal offenses and any incidents of larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, or destruction/damage/vandalism of property that are motivated by bias.


Kutztown University leases space during the academic year at various non-contiguous locations. The following charts show the crime statistics for each of these locations along with the physical address and the Police Department with primary jurisdiction. These statistics are included in the main Crime Statistics Chart in this booklet, but are shown separately to provide additional information about each specific location.

These statistics reflect crimes that occurred when KU had control of the space and only the crimes that occurred in those spaces plus any other areas of the building that KU students or employees use to access it.


For information on graduation rates contact the Office of Institutional Research at Kutztown University at 610-683-4153.