Two Clery Act reports in two weeks: TTU explains protocol

Two Clery Act reports in two weeks: TTU explains protocol

LUBBOCK, Texas - The Clery Act requires public universities to alert students and staff of crimes on and around campus. After two Clery Act reports in two weeks, the Student Government Association is responding.

"Students naturally start wondering what is this, how does this apply to me, what do I do in a situation like this, so this is the best time to student government or any student group with any knowledge on the reporting process to inform their members and other students around campus," Student Government Vice President for Graduate Affairs, John Michael Getz said.

If a victim chooses to report a criminal act to Tech Police Department, it automatically gets reported to the University. That begins both criminal and administrative investigations.

"And those two can go on at the same time and sometimes they work together to the extent that they can, but they are separate and independent of each other." Chief Compliance and Security Officer for Texas Tech University, Ronald Phillips said.

According to the Annual Security Report, from 2015 to 2017, the reporting of sexual offenses, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft have gone up.

"I hope it does make people see the relevance of reporting criminal activity because people want to be aware of what's going on around them," Phillips said.

"One of the best ways to inform students of events that have happened on campus and to prevent future events from happening is for that information to be sent out and for students to know that a reporting process exists," Getz said. 

For the Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ttpd/Clery/2017_Clery_TTU.pdf.

To report a crime: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/ttpd/clery.php.

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