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The Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disseminate a public document called the annual security report (ASR) to employees and students every October 1. This ASR must include statistics of campus crime for the preceding three calendar years, plus details about efforts taken to improve campus safety.

Note: The Department of Education has extended the October 1, 2020, deadline to December 31, 2020.

ASRs must also include certain policy statements regarding, but not limited to, crime reporting, campus facility security and access, law enforcement authority, incidence of alcohol and drug use, and prevention of and response to sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic/dating violence, stalking, and other Title IX-related information.

Find out more about WPI’s Annual Security Report (ASR).

Crime Statistics

Crime statistics disclosed in the ASR will include crimes that occur in the following areas:

  • On campus
  • Unobstructed public areas immediately adjacent to or running through the campus
  • Certain non-campus facilities, including remote classrooms

The crime statistics will be gathered from a group of individuals called “Campus Security Authorities” (CRAs), which include WPI Police Department personnel or someone to whom members of the WPI community should make crime reports, and/or WPI officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities.

WPI also obtains crime statistics from the Worcester Police Department and from law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction for international and domestic non-campus property locations. The Dean of Students Office is the key location from which drug, liquor, and weapon offense referral data is obtained.

Accessing the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

An e-mail sent to every currently enrolled WPI student and current employee of WPI is done on an annual basis informing them of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report. Additionally, notification e-mails are sent to individual campus departments. The emails include a brief summary of the contents of the ASR report. The email also includes the address for the WPI Police Department webpage where the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report can be found, and notification that a physical copy may be obtained by making a request to the WPI Police Department by calling 508-831-5433 or in person at the WPI Police Department, located in the lower level of Founders Hall, 26 Boynton Street, Worcester, MA 01609.

Timely Warnings

The Clery Act requires every Title IV institution, without exception, to alert the campus community to any Clery Act crime that represents an ongoing threat to the safety of students and/or employees of WPI in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. The intent of a timely warning regarding a criminal incident(s) is to enable people to protect themselves.

The Clery Act requires every Title IV institution, without exception, to have and disclose emergency response and evacuation procedures that would be used in response to a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus.

Emergency Notifications

Emergency notifications are issued upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. Unlike timely warnings, applications for emergency notifications are broader than crime and can include weather incidents, gas leaks, fires, disease outbreak and more—anything that poses an immediate threat.

WPI uses the RAVE emergency communication system to send out emergency notifications. The RAVE emergency communication system ensures better, faster delivery of phone, text, and/or email messages in the event of an emergency. WPI parents are eligible to receive WPI alerts by text; if interested, send a text to WPI Alerts (67283) with wpiparent in the body of the message. WPI students should also visit the WPI Alerts website (WPI credentials required to log in) to update their own information. On average, this process takes less than five minutes. Contact the IT Service Desk directly at ITS@wpi.edu or 508-831-5888 with any questions or concerns.

Daily Crime Log

The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities to keep a daily crime log of alleged criminal incidents that is open to public inspection. In compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, codified at 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) with implementing regulations at 34 C.F.R. 668.46, the WPI Police Department maintains—and makes available—a Daily Crime Log, which records all criminal incidents and alleged criminal incidents reported to WPI Police.

Find more information on the Daily Crime Log.