Federally Mandated Crime Statistics

The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II of Public Law 101-542) requires colleges to publish statistics on certain types of crimes that occur on college grounds and are reported to the Safety and Security Department or designated campus administrators. Crimes confidentially reported to other college offices may not necessarily be reflected in these statistics.

The data that is presented here includes all crimes reported to the Vassar College Safety and Security Department that occurred on the Vassar College Campus, in the residence halls on campus, as well as crimes that may have been reported to other campus authorities. To give a broader picture of crime on campus and its immediate environs, this data also includes crimes committed at campus remote facilities, as well as those occurring near the campus. Hate crime statistics and arrests and/or referrals for campus disciplinary action are also included.

Further, the statistics for certain types of crimes, such as sexual offenses, may not be a true reflection of their occurrence due to underreporting. For campus crime statistics, consult the U.S. Department of Education's website or call the director of security at (845) 437-5201. Click for Clery Act Crime Definitions

Offense: 2009 2010 2011 2012
Arson 0 1 6 10
Homicide 0 0 0 0
Manslaughter 0 0 0 0
Sexual Offenses
     Forcible 3 6 13 12
     Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0
Robbery 1 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0
Burglary 3÷ 10♦ 18✓ 3*
Vehicle Theft 1Δ 0 0 0
Hate Crimes (by prejudice)
     Race 0 0 0 0
     Gender 0 0 0 0
     Religion 0 0 0 0
     Sexual Orientation 0 0 0 0
     Ethnicity 0 0 0 0
     Disability 0 0 0 0

* Two in campus housing, one in an academic building.
Δ Involved a golf cart.
÷ Two (2) in campus housing.
One in a private residence.
All in residence houses.

The same act requires publication of arrest statistics for violation of laws governing the use or possession of alcohol and illegal drugs. The college cannot and will not give members of its community protection from the consequences of violating federal, state, and local law. Students, administrative personnel, staff, and faculty who break any of these laws are also subject to disciplinary action by the college as outlined in the College Regulations which are published and distributed to the college community. Possession and/or use of firearms of any kind is prohibited. A more detailed account of Vassar’s policies can be found in the College Regulations.

Offense: 2009 2010 2011 2012
Liquor Law 0 0 0 0
Weapons 0 0 0 0
Drug Law 0 0 1 0
Disciplinary Referral: 2009 2010 2011 2012
Liquor Law 198 146 358 224
Weapons 0 0 0 0
Drug Law 37 54 123 77

Fire Safety Information

Fire safety information, statistics and evacuation procedures can be found at our Building and Grounds website.

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