Most universities provide a relatively safe environment. Miami University is no exception. Click here for a comparison of personal crime statistics for selected Ohio cities and universities.
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For the latest crime statistics go to Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.
Miami will issue crime alerts when a crime that officials believe poses an ongoing threat to the safety of members of the university community has been reported to Miami Police or Oxford Police. Crime alerts are designed to not only heighten safety awareness, but seek information that will lead to the arrest and conviction of perpetrators of crimes. Crime alerts are distributed in residence halls, via announcements in myMiami, via listservs, etc. Another way of alerting the university community is via a campus information bulletin.
In the event of a natural disaster or large-scale emergency, Miami will use its homepage to communicate emergency information. Depending upon the situation, e-mails could be sent to students themselves and/or to the emergency contact (parent, guardian) that students have specified. As backup, there are also emergency "swing signs" that could be placed around campus and there is a system in place for distributing posters and fliers to residence halls and academic buildings.
The Miami University Police Department is a full-service police agency, providing all the services you would expect from a typical municipal police department. MUPD has an authorized strength of 29 sworn police officers. Miami police officers are always on duty, patrolling the campus on foot, on bikes, and in cars 24 hours a day. Officers respond to calls from the public, initiate enforcement action when they observe a crime, and engage in proactive patrol, especially in the residence halls, to deter crime, apprehend those committing violations, and provide an enhanced feeling of safety for residents and staff. MUPD also has a criminal investigations office staffed by detectives to follow up on criminal offense reports filed with the department.
Theft offenses, including burglary. By Ohio's definition, burglary can be as simple as entering an unlocked residence hall room that is not yours. In a typical year, there are almost 400 thefts and burglaries reported on campus and property stolen in those incidents is valued at more than $100,000. Most thefts and burglaries involve unlocked residence hall doors, academic office doors, or unattended valuables. Students, faculty, and staff are reminded how important it is to keep doors locked and avoid leaving valuables unattended.
Sexual assault is an unfortunate reality at Miami and on campuses nationwide. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report provides the latest statistics, but since sexual assault is such an underreported crime, statistics alone can not provide an accurate picture.
For example, A 2004 study conducted at 119 colleges and universities found that one in 20 college women had been raped during the school year, typically by individuals they know or have just met. The study was conducted by researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health Alcohol Study, Saint Joseph's University and the University of Arizona. At Miami, a variety of programs are aimed at increasing awareness of sexual assault and supporting students who report sexual assault.
Miami offers a number of educational programs aimed at sexual assault. Contact the Coordinator of Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Programs (100 Health Services Center, 529-1870) or go to miamioh.edu/sexualassault for a more detailed list of programs.
Additional information on sexual assault
Sexual Assault and Interpersonal Violence Prevention, Education, and Resources: includes information on notifying police, counseling resources, internal disciplinary process, etc.)
Miami University Police Department offers information to victims of crime and answers to frequency asked questions - Victim Services
This basic guide to university resources covers such topics as what to do if you believe you're the victim of a hate crime or any incident based on your race, religion, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation that makes you afraid for your safety. Included is information about how a hate crime is distinguished from hate speech and what to do about either.